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As political ads go, Duluth City Council candidate Emily Larson has hit on a great formula: No political talk, just person after person extolling the virtues of Duluth. In fact, you don't even know you're watching a political ad until the end.
(h/t: Perfect Duluth Day)(5 Comments)
Maybe there's a reason the naming of Sen. Larry Pogemiller as the new director Minnesota Office of Higher Education came in a news release instead of a news conference. Otherwise, someone might've asked what the deal is with the old director?
Sen. Larry Pogemiller got the job, apparently because he "sat on committees on Education, Rules and Administration and Taxes," according to the release, which describes him as the "perfect choice for the Office of Higher Education."
That might be interpreted as a slap against the choice Gov. Mark Dayton made nine months ago. Sheila Wright actually had experience in higher education.
"Her nationally recognized leadership in education will help guide our administration's efforts to restore Minnesota to its former position of national leadership in making higher education more accessible, more affordable, and more responsive to the needs of Minnesota's college students," Gov. Mark Dayton said at the time.
Eight months later, she was gone, nobody said why, and few people are asking now.
At the time of her exit, the Star Tribune reported that a spokeswoman for her office said Wright cleared out her office, thanked the staff for their service and said goodbye in a move described as "fast, but cordial."
Gov. Dayton's spokesman, Bob Hume, delivered the word to the media that Wright was out, but refused to answer the question whether Gov. Dayton asked her to resign. That sort of non answer usually is code for "yes."
There's no indication Gov. Dayton was ever asked about the odd resignation in the month since it occurred, and if she was forced out because she wasn't right for the job, what does that say about the process that got her the job in the first place?
But even his political opponents haven't made any hay out of what appears to have been a bad appointment, indicating they either don't know (unlikely) or they've agreed to keep silent about the reasons.
The only criticism of Pogemiller's new position, appears to have come from a member of his own party -- Rep. Mindy Greiling.
She may have a point, with the appointment of Pogemiller, Dayton's cabinet becomes more white and more male. Only six of 25 cabinet members are women.
Pogemiller's appointment as the "perfect choice" because of his legislative experience suggests he'll get along better with the Republican-led Legislature. But it's no secret that Pogemiller has rarely been the best pal of his political opponents, although he may have more time in his new job to take them bowling.
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It's hard to fathom why there's a bit of a backlash against Fox broadcaster Joe Buck's call of the homerun that ended last night's game six of the World Series.
If it sounded familiar, it was the same words Buck's father used to call Kirby Puckett's game-winning homerun in the World Series 20 years ago this week.
"Riding Daddy's coattails again," one commenter said on the Sporting News post of the call.
"He can't hold a candle to his father," another St. Louis fan commented elsewhere.
My view? It's in my tweet:
It's not really hard to understand why some members of the public don't see the problem with journalists taking an active role in a news story, as long as they're taking part on their side.
But it's surprising that some journalists don't see the perception problem doing so presents...
Caitlin Curran, a web journalist, wanted to do a story on reaction to the sign, so she had her boyfriend hold it. When he got tired of holding it, she held it. In the business, this is referred to as "crossing the line."
She revealed it all to the Gawker website:
The next day, The Takeaway's director fired me over the phone, effective immediately. He was inconsolably angry, and said that I had violated every ethic of journalism, and that this should be a "teaching moment" for me in my career as a journalist. The segment I had pitched, of course, would not happen. Ironically, the following day Marketplace did pretty much the exact segment I thought would have been great on The Takeaway, with Kai Ryssdal discussing the sign and the Goldman Sachs deal it alluded to in terms that were far from neutral.
Well, not exactly. The story Marketplace did was with the person who wrote the words, not a reporter who was taking part in a demonstration and then covering herself taking part in a demonstration.
It may well be splitting hairs, but if you write the words that someone else uses in an active news story, is that the same as holding the sign with those words? Here's the original post on The Atlantic's website, which has context and information, and would constitute, as they say, "informed opinion."
Nonetheless, does that make the journalist who wrote the words part of the protest?(5 Comments)
This was one of the feel-good stories of 2009. Bella the dog and Tarra the elephant were best friends, to the point that the elephant even held a vigil for the dog at one point.
"Bella knows she's not an elephant. Tarra knows she's not a dog," the elephant sanctuary co-founder said. "But that's not a problem for them.
Word reached us today that Bella has died.
I write to you with very sad news. Tarra's little dog Bella has died. We found her body on Wednesday and have been dealing with the aftermath ever since, trying to work out what happened while we look after Tarra and each other.
We noticed Bella was not with Tarra at breakfast on Tuesday and later that morning she still had not appeared. Tarra and Bella have always spent short periods apart as one goes off exploring briefly on their own, but this longer absence worried us deeply and a search of the property was started which continued into the next day. The search ended tragically when Bella's body was found close to the Asia barn that had long been home to Tarra, her five sisters and Bella. During the time of the search our usually social Tarra chose to remain alone, watched over by concerned Caregivers.
Dr. Scott, our vet of sixteen years, examined Bella for the last time and, with advice from the experts from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, determined the probable cause of death was an attack by animals, most likely coyotes. We have sent off samples to see whether there were any other contributory causes.
Having carefully examined Bella's wounds and the place where she was found, we concluded that Bella had not been attacked near where she was found and neither could she have walked there.
As these investigations were taking place observant Caregivers, even more watchful of Tarra than usual, noticed blood on the underside of her trunk, evidence that pointed us in the direction of what likely happened that fateful night.
The most probable scenario is that during the night Bella strayed from Tarra briefly and was set upon. Tarra arrived too late to save her but was able to stop further damage being done to Bella's body. With deep sadness and deeper wonder we come to comprehend what likely happened next--that Tarra picked Bella up and carried her home.
Further evidence in support of our belief for what happened comes from Tarra herself. After Bella had been found, Caregivers ensured Tarra had every chance to inspect Bella's body before it was buried and to come to terms with her death, as this is an important part of the grieving process for elephants. But Tarra was not interested in either Bella or the group of Caregivers who would normally have drawn our inquisitive Girl to see what was happening.
It was only later when we had pieced together the whole picture that Tarra's behavior at Bella's grave made sense. Our poor, brave, loving Girl knew what had happened to her beloved Bella and, in the dark hours of the night as she carried her body home, had come to terms with her death.
Tarra's sisters will help her through her sadness. Although we cannot take away Tarra's pain immediately or the pain of all those that knew Bella, I do know Bella knew true love and true freedom. It will always be so for animals that find Sanctuary.
The sanctuary set up a tribute page here.
(h/t: Tom Weber, MPR)(5 Comments)
I couldn't let the week end on the sad story of the elephant and the dog, and, fortunately, CBS News bailed me out by providing some good news. On The Road, the series that Charles Kuralt started, is back.
CBS announced that the series will return during tonight's CBS Evening News, under the wing of reporter Steve Hartman, who is the only current TV reporter who could fill Kuralt's shoes (and he's the one who originally reported the elephant/dog story).
The New York Times writes...
Mr. Kuralt "produced big-hearted essays on topics others thought tiny," The New York Times wrote when he died in 1997. "He reported on horse-traders and a 93-year-old brickmaker, on the wonders of nature and the nature of other wonders, like the sharecropper in Mississippi who put nine children through college or the 103-year-old entertainer who performed at nursing homes."
We old-timers have our favorites. Mine is the man who just stood on the corner and waved to people.
On the Road is pretty much what got me interested in the news business. Kuralt's reports were the ones I remembered. I often wondered why they were at the end of Walter Cronkite's newscasts and not at the beginning.
It would be many years later that I would come to understand -- by listening to public radio, mostly -- that the news does you no good at all, if it leaves you with nothing but despair.
A guy waving by the side of the road isn't more important than any of the well-documented crises, but it'll take whatever a guy waving by the side of the road has in his heart and his head to solve them.
All Things Considered host Tom Crann relayed the news about On The Road's return after we recorded a segment on his show tonight about the People You Should Meet series on News Cut, the biggest challenge of which is convincing people that people who "don't think they're worthy" of attention are worthy of attention.
I'd love to hear more about the people you think other people should meet. Don't be shy.(3 Comments)