I just got this:
SAINT PAUL – The office of Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty announces that the staff of the radio talk show the “Northern Alliance Radio Network” will be taking over the duties of the state press-relations office.
“We think this is a slapshot for good government, and will put us square in the net as far as cost savings and turnaround”, Governor Pawlenty said in an impromptu statement at the Capitol this morning.
The State Press Office oversees all media relations for all branches of Minnesota’s state government, from the Legislature through the Executive Branch.
The outsourcing of PR services is expected to save the state 45 million dollars a year. But not everyone is thrilled by the idea.
“I’m outraged…Outraged…” said Ashley Grot-Puttanesca-Steubingfelder of “Peace Through Mandatory Unity”, a non-partisan Saint Paul-based affiliate of ACORN, “…outraged [brief pause to re-collect her thoughts] that the government of Minnesota would turn this vital job over to a bunch of partisans“.
Speaking on behalf of the Northern Alliance/State Press Office, Deputy Press Officer Chad The Elder replied “What kind of name is Ashley Grot-Puttanesca-Steubingfelder? Good lord, pour me a drink – she’s ugly”.
Oh, this is Minnesota under the control of the unfettered DFL. Of course not.
UPDATE: A bad analogy? Provided all the UpTake – an overtly left-leaning organization – does is provide a commentary-free feed, perhaps.
I’ve had questions about the slant of UpTake’s coverage of events; to be fair, they’ve quickly and fairly answered those questions (as, indeed, I seek to do with this update). To be prudent, it’s perfectly fair to ask if a group can serve two masters – an agenda and “fairness”.
Is UpTake providing a useful service, and doing it fairly? Perhaps.
Can they – and Secretary of State Richie – expect to be watched carefully? Absolutely.