The big news in the Northern Alliance this past week is Nick Coleman's reporting on a shortage of books - textbooks? - at a school in Saint Paul, as well as his "The Schools Are Burning!" jeremiad, and the Pioneer Press' Craig Westover's questions about the facts in the Coleman piece.
Now, today I may be merely a guy who writes withering social commentary in my underwear. But there was a time when I used to produce news and talk radio. And a vestigial voice in the back of my head said "let's get everyone in the same room". So I contacted all the principals, as it were, of the story: Westover, school principal Zelma Wiley, and of course Nick Coleman.
Last Sunday, I tried to book Nick Coleman to appear on the Northern Alliance show this weekend, to help kick off a discussion on schools, their funding, school choice, taxes, and so on.
Let's just say the discussion was interesting; curious phone messages, threats to slime me in his column ("I'd hate to have to write about how you cut and ran" being an excerpt) and much more.
I'm sitting on the story while I see where it goes - say, if I have to set any facts straight. But in lieu of an actual discussion on the Maxfield editorials (Ms. Wiley has also demurred on appearing), we'll be discussing the media exchange on this issue on the NARN show tomorrow.
Cutting and running. That's me.Posted by Mitch at December 17, 2004 06:20 AM | TrackBack