Latest Posts

Home

Facebook

Twitter

Search
About

Thinking Minnesota is Attracting a Mountain (Literally!) of New Subscribers

Every day when I receive the mail, our wonderful postal carrier drops a thick stack of cards on my desk. Most days, she makes a sigh of relief. Our new subscribers are giving her an extra load to carry. After the summer issue of Thinking Minnesota was released, we received well over 600 subscription requests. If you don't remember, our cover story was "Traffic Congestion is No Accident." Of course correlation does not imply causation, but if readers are like me and are tired of sitting through hours of traffic a day, our congestion story provided a perfect entrée to Thinking Minnesota. And the...

Continue reading

It is pledge time at MPR: Why I am not a member of NPR/MPR (again this year)

Why are taxpayers forced to pay for government radio? Here is one example, of many, why taxpayer funding should be declared unconstitutional. This exchange about Obamacare was not reporting; it was commentary parading as reporting. And the pampered intelligentsia at NPR are so convinced of their righteousness, so lost in the beltway, that they could not hide their hysteria or breathless opposition to any rollback of Obamacare. ...

Continue reading

The NFL would find it easier to tell politicians to mind their own business if they weren’t taking cash from them

When President Trump says NFL teams should fire kneeling players, the teams respond by saying that they are private enterprises. But if they want to be treated like private enterprises they should act like them. A first step would be to stop asking taxpayers for handouts. ...

Continue reading

Thomas Friedman agrees with the Trump agenda

Steven Hayward calls it a “stopped clock moment” but in his latest New York Times column Thomas Friedman basically comes out as agreeing with key parts of the Trump agenda.  Imagine that from one of Minnesota’s own and perhaps the most celebrated liberal columnist in America.  It remains to be seen how the horde of Friedman worshipers will take this new revelation from their oracle.  Here’s Friedman’s surprising list of issues: We can’t take in every immigrant who wants to come here; we need, metaphorically speaking, a high wall that assures Americans we can control our border with a big gate...

Continue reading

Media Wants It Both Ways in U of M Coverage

KSTP-TV’s investigative unit got a scoop recently in reporting on accusations of sexual harassment involving a University of Minnesota athletics department fundraiser. That’s what journalists do, work sources, obtain confidential documents, get it online and on the air before the competition. Kudos to KSTP-TV, where I covered a beat and ran a documentary unit earlier in my career. The U of M released the redacted report yesterday in announcing Randy Handel's suspension and demotion. Meantime, more than 260 members of the Twin Cities media have signed a petition demanding the U of M drop an internal investigation into who leaked the...

Continue reading

Star Tribune: As Biased As Ever?

The Minneapolis Star Tribune has long been known as a DFL newspaper. In the last few years, some have said that its liberal bias might be less pronounced. That is, I think, dubious. Take, for instance, this morning's article about President Trump's budget proposal by reporter Maya Rao. The article describes Trump's budget, highlights the fact that it doesn't contain anything for Southwest Light Rail Transit, and then seeks reactions to the budget from six outsiders. Those sources tell us that the president's budget will "put heavy new pressure on food shelves and the state’s health care system," “should be of...

Continue reading

Fake News From St. Olaf to AP’s Nazi Photos

For a group so obsessed with calling out "fake news" the media sure does a good job of perpetuating it. The phony flap over the fake racist note at St. Olaf should have raised suspicions from the start. First clue? The revelation the offensive note was burned before anyone, including police investigators, could view it. Unlike its profile earlier this week of a local Black Lives Matter leader, the Star Tribune declined to censor readers' reactions to the delicate development and permit comments on the fake news from St. Olaf. Dozens of readers claim they saw through it from day one. Maybe,...

Continue reading

Trump Threatens Press Freedom? Ridiculous

The Star Tribune editorial board wrote on Tuesday: "Trump administration continues to threaten a free press." Did I miss the news about President Trump vowing to shut down CNN or the New York Times? Of course, that didn't happen. So what is the editorial board talking about? [A]t a campaign-rally style event on Saturday, Trump used the bully pulpit to try to bully the news media, which he said included some “very dishonest people.” So what? A free press is not a press that is immune from criticism. On the contrary, disagreement is the corollary of freedom. And we all know that...

Continue reading

Why Are 600 Demonstrators News?

The Star Tribune reports on a demonstration in downtown Minneapolis, which it considers to be newsworthy: "Hundreds turn out in Minneapolis for march opposing Trump administration's policies on climate." Hundreds? Really? In what way is that newsworthy? Hundreds of people may turn out for a high school soccer game. Hundreds is a big number for a book club, but a pathetically small number for a demonstration. The Strib says: Minneapolis police estimated up to 600 demonstrators at the beginning of the march around 3 p.m., although more people joined in as it continued. Let's assume that the crowd ballooned to a whopping 800...

Continue reading

Lenin’s Vanguard at Wellesley College: Get Thee To Hillsdale

An unsigned excerpt from an editorial in a college newspaper, the Wellesley News, was featured in The Wall Street Journal. It demonstrates that these college students have learned all too well at the knee of the Left. I move that anyone responsible for the editorial be required to take the Hillsdale College course on the U.S. Constitution. And spend a semester at Hillsdale to detoxify. ...

Continue reading