Getting a job at the City Pages is apparently like getting a “diary” on Minnesota “Progressive” Project.
Otherwise, how would “Hart Van Denburg” have gotten to get this bit here published?
Last week, MinnPost gave controversial conservative scribe Katherine Kersten a free megaphone for her oft-repeated views on everything from gay marriage to liberal rage.
Ah. So it’s a critique of “objective” (I slay me) publications allowing conservatives onto their pages. Especially one that has drawn so much utterly deranged ire as Kersten.
…or – is it?
On Sunday, the St. Cloud Times did something similar for District 6 conservative Republican congresswoman Michele Bachmann.
Er…right? She represents the district the Saint Cloud Times is in. Worth an interview – right? Especially given that it wasn’t two years ago that the lefty “alternative” media was in a lather because Bachmann purportedly didn’t do non-conservative media anymore. (Although as we found in the series I wrote, she does a lot more liberal media than Keith Ellison, Betty McCollum or Al Franken do conservative media).
Both interviews were published in a question-and-answer format in which the interviewers pitched softball questions and then never challenged their subjects on any of their assertions.
Ah. I get it. Now it critiques the interview style. Because any time one interviews a conservative, one is supposed to bellow “You Are Teh Crazee!” until one loses bladder control.
St. Cloud Times Washington correspondent Larry Bivens penned the Bachmann interview. Here’s a sample exchange:
(Passage of interview in which Larry Bivens apparently did not jump on his desk and below “You are teh crazee” excised for brevity’s sake).
Just a month ago, Pawlenty joined forces with the likes of radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to endorse the Conservative Party’s Doug Hoffman in a campaign to unseat Republican Dede Scozzafava in New York’s District 23 congressional race.Scozzafava was deemed not sufficiently conservative. She dropped out of the race.
Democrat Bill Owens won the election.
(Running against a third-party candidate who’d had weeks to mount a campaign on no budget, against not only Owens but against Scozzafava, who dumped a million into an election where she spent more time bagging on Hoffman than Owens, before bowing out).
But what is this piece trying to say? “Bad Twin Cities media for talking to Kersten and Bachmann because Pawlenty joined with Limbaugh to endorse someone who didn’t win yet?”
Did I sit next to Hart Van Denburg on the bus the other day?