The Star Tribune - Jeckyll or Hyde?
I sent an email (not my first) to the [Star Tribune] editor, Anders Gyllenhaal. He responded politely, as he had always done previously. But this time, he extended a most gracious invitation. “Why don’t you come to the paper, Peggy,” he offered. “We can meet and talk for a bit, and then you can see how we decide what to do for the next day’s paper afterwards.”
Eagerly, I took Anders up on his offer.
Once downtown, I met a man truly committed to producing a worthy paper. Anders seemed genuinely interested in my opinions; what did I like and dislike about the Strib’s news coverage? What would I change? What did I read, and why did I like it?
Much more there to ponder. Worth a serious read.
But then we come to the "Hyde" side of the Star Tribune. Thats' the one we're accustomed to harping about here. But Hugh Hewitt proposes an idea to deal with Mr. Hyde:
More thoughts on this later. But one thing seems clear. Bloggers sitting back and simply accepting MSM business as usual is a thing of the past. The swarms that took down Rather and Eason Jordan were primitive compares to what's coming. Smart newspapers will embrace the technology themselves, and learn to use it. Those that don't will be gradually marginalized in readership and influence.
So it occurred to me: Why not do for the entire miserable paper [The Star Tribune] what has been done for Nick [Coleman]? In a word: accountability.
What, I thought, would be the result if enough bloggers from across the country agreed to be part of a "swarm the Strib to reform the Strib" project? Collect at one web site a daily digest of commentary on the lapses in objectivity and logic and the flights of lefty fancy that the paper daily indulges. If there were enough blogger volunteers, two or three could be assigned "beats," say, the second editorial every Tuesday and Thursday, or the political reporting of Washington bureau correspondent Paul Sand or politics reporters Dane Smith and Kevin Duchschere. Not every article would be a hack job, of course, and the idea of instant and certain accountability as to facts and choice of subject might even temper some of the ideological zeal of the Strib's troops. Especially if the web site also made it easy to contact Strib management and Strib advertisers.
I am suggesting an "anti-Strib," a virtual newspaper of sorts, the journalistic equivalent of a shadow government.