Media Ethics Prof on Star Tribune's Anti-Trans Ad: "Readers Deserve An Explanation"

This ad was paid for by the Minnesota Child Protection League, "A group of veteran religious right and tea party activists."
The Star Tribune created quite a stir by running a full-page anti-transgender ad in Sunday's paper, but when we sought an explanation from Steve Yaeger, Strib VP of marketing and public relations, he wasn't interested in talking about it.

"If you were doing a story on how media of all kinds (broadcast, print, digital) handle campaign and advocacy advertising, I'd consider how we could contribute to the conversation," he wrote in an email. "But I don't think that's what you're doing."

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Star Tribune Runs Anti-Transgender Ad [IMAGE]

-- Update at bottom --

Yesterday, the Star Tribune upset many of its LGBT-friendly readers by running an anti-transgender ad paid for by the Minnesota Child Protection League.

The ad urges parents to contact Minnesota State High School League officials ahead of a meeting later this week and ask them not to approve a new policy that would allow transgender students to participate in athletics based on their gender identity.

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No, the Pioneer Press Didn't Ironically Endorse Mitt Romney for President

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Pioneer Press staff say the paper's current owner, NYC-based hedge fund Alden Global Capital, is running it into the ground, and on Monday the newspaper guild ran an ad in the Star Tribune asking Alden to sell.

With the PiPress having established itself as the slightly more conservative Twin Cities alternative to the Star Tribune, that news got some people thinking -- Hey, didn't they endorse that hedge fund guy Mitt Romney for president two years ago? And now the newsroom is upset about hedge funds? Pretty ironic!

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Pioneer Press staff publicly asks for current ownership to go

Categories: Media, Media beefs
Today, the Pioneer Press's guild-represented staff took the dramatic step of taking out an ad in the Star Tribune asking its current owners, New York City-based hedge fund Alden Global Capital, to sell the paper.

Alden "is more interested in dismantling the newspaper to increase profits than in investing in the future," the ad says. "The Twin Cities deserve better. The Pioneer Press needs a new owner who cares about the community it serves and will be a responsible steward of Minnesota's oldest news organization."

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Pioneer Press stands by report about two St. Paul officials' romance

Photos of Hahm (left) and Brendmoen (right) via city of St. Paul
"I make policy decisions based solely on what I believe is in the best interest of the citizens of the ward, and of the city," Brendmoen told the PiPress.
Last week, the Pioneer Press published a report entitled, "Romance between St. Paul officials bothers some people."

The piece is about the relationship between City Council member Amy Brendmoen and Parks and Recreation Director Mike Hahm. It raises questions about how their romance, which they haven't tried to keep secret, could potentially impact decisions made by city officials.

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Dave Thompson to host new political show evenings on AM 1130

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Dave Thompson
As a regular Friday guest on the AM 1130 morning show co-hosted by Jack Tomczak and Benjamin Kruse (listen to today's hour here), yours truly got a little scoop about a new show that will be debuting on KTLK next week.

State Sen. Dave Thompson (R-Lakeville) will be hosting a new evening political talk show on the right-leaning station beginning Monday. The show will be on the air from 5-7 p.m. every Monday-Friday evening through the election.

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NorthernMNer breaks down his viral "libraries not libertarians" Ferguson tweet

Dana Dean on Twitter
A teacher poses outside the Ferguson Public Library, where she's organizating educational activities for kids whose classes were canceled as a result of the unrest there.
The theme of librarians playing an indispensable role in American democracy has popped up in NorthernMNer's tweets a few times over the years, but never with as much resonance as earlier this week, when one of his tweets on that topic was retweeted well over 600 times.

The context for that viral offering is the ongoing unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, where the officer-involved shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown has led to people protesting in the street on a nightly basis and sparked a national conversation about race and the militarization of American law enforcement.

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Gaza peace activists put Al Franken on blast, plan "die-in" at Star Tribune HQ [VIDEO]

Sixteen protesters, including Jess Sundin, were arrested after they refused to leave Franken's office.
A local organization called the Anti-War Committee is taking Minnesota's U.S. Senators to task for siding with Israel during that country's ongoing conflict with the Palestinians.

Last week, the group stormed Sen. Al Franken's Minnesota office and ended up getting him on the phone for a tense conversation.

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Star Tribune ruffles feathers by not endorsing Mike McFadden in primary election

McFadden (left); Abeler (right)
Abeler's willingness to compromise with Dems and his record of getting things done gives him the nod over McFadden, the Strib argues.
This morning, the Star Tribune editorial board endorsed dark horse candidate Jim Abeler in the GOP U.S. Senate primary that will take place August 12.

The endorsement was somewhat surprising, as Mike McFadden has been the overwhelming favorite to emerge from the primary and move on to challenge Al Franken since he received the MNGOP endorsement a couple months ago. But the Strib editorial board "urge[s] voters to look beyond the money race and folksy TV commercials and consider Abeler's admirable record of fiscally conservative and independent-minded service to Minnesota."

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Fox 9's Spider-Man blooper goes viral [VIDEO]

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Not quite.
Last Thursday, Fox 9 producers intended to show viewers a snippet of Ray Rice's press conference during which the Baltimore Ravens running back apologized for hitting his wife.

Instead, they got... video of Spider-Man brawling with some random dude?

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