Thursday, February 24, 2005

Nick Coleman - Somebody's Monkey

For some reason, on his new radio show Nick Coleman has apparently taken to repeatedly insisting that he is "nobody's monkey." When one parses through the Nick-speak, this seems to be the Nickster's quaint way of stating that he is not beholden to another - he's free to write or say what he wants.

That's well and good. I have no trouble accepting that he acts like a partisan leftist hack by choice rather than compulsion. We've got a lot of those around here.

But there certainly is one item of note that would seem to challenge this notion. He gets a regular paycheck from the Star Tribune, a subsidiary of the McClatchy Company.

Well sure, but he's a professional reporter, right? Well no. According to his editor he's a columnist and when challenged in the past has stated Coleman's work: "... involved no reporting, and that the column's factual misrepresentations were tobe read in that light."

Okay, that's fine. But he is at least a columnist right? And all columnists in a big metropolitan area make big money, right? Well, no. It turns out they don't. What's more Coleman knows enough about this stuff to blab about it on his radio show.

But does he blab about the salary issue in general? No. Only about the financial goings on at a newspaper which just happens to rival his current employer. On the topic of the financial goings on at his own company - including how much he is paid - he's oddly silent. If Westover's pay is ridiculously low, what's the average columnist at the Strib making Nick? It's relevant to your point isn't it?

What's that sound, you ask? It's Nick screeching and hanging from the trees, because it turns out he is somebody's monkey after all. He's a bought and paid for monkey of The Star Tribune.

So Nick, now that you've broken the story, I'm dying to hear you tell everybody what what all the Strib columnists make. You brought the topic up, after all, so we can only assume you don't find such matters too private to discuss. A Strib monkey wouldn't tell us, because it might make the paper look bad. But you're nobody's monkey, right?


Blogger Nicko McDave said...

The McClatchy Company? Man, that really rings a bell. I had no idea that they had such a huge media interest in Minnesota. One of the family members, Kevin McClatchy, purchased the Pittsburgh Pirates back in 1996. It was the deal that would save the team. Meanwhile, according to a former neighbor who had relocated to Sacramento, the McClatchys were already building a stadium there to serve as the new home ballpark of the Pirates when it was finished. That never happened. Instead, McClatchy and other local interests (the Steelers owners, the mayor, the city council, etc.) concocted a plan to make taxpayers foot the bill for new baseball and footbal stadiums. One of the local papers investigated the proponents of the new stadium plan and learned that most of these bigwigs, including Kevin McClatchy, were Democrats. All of them were well-to-do, but McClatchy was the most filthy stinking rich of the lot, the typical "if I can afford it, so can everyone else" jerk type of moneyed Democrat, which explains the Star-Tribune association.

Western PA voters defeated the referendum to build new stadiums with our money, but the owners and politicians turned to the sinister sounding "Plan B", the gist of which was "if we lose the vote, we'll go ahead and do it anyway". Which they did. Friggin' scumbags.

If you go to the Directors section of the McClatchy web site and look at the bio of Kevin S. McClatchy, you get the impression that the Pittsburgh Pirates are just some little trinket that he picked up along the way. That, of course, is exactly how he treats the team. As far as I am concerned, Kevin McClatchy can take his loser baseball team, tear down the stadium, take the whole lot back to Sacramento and GIVE US BACK OUR MONEY. Commie elitist.

6:43 PM  
Anonymous Bryan said...

Starting staff reporters at the Strib make around $550/week if I remember correctly. So my guess is Coleman makes low $50k's at the most.

The Star Tribune's getting ripped off.

8:38 PM  
Blogger Leo Pusateri said...

Soooo.... tell us how you really feel :)

12:03 AM  
Blogger R-Five said...

I made two New Year's resolutions: lose weight and no more Nick Coleman fisking/bashing. I'm good on both so far, but dieting is easier!

12:03 AM  

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