Where to Bury the Dirty Laundry

The Strib, Norm Coleman, and the myth of objectivity

Reporters at the Strib say that, in this case at least, they are not quite sure where that threshold is, or why. Keillor is a prominent local figure, after all, and his writing about Coleman is the talk of the town. Even if the paper of record decided to avoid any mention of Coleman's marriage, the Salon articles contain a least a dozen other pointed criticisms. And none of them is any more over-the-top or mean-spirited than the unsubstantiated, blanket accusations Vin Weber was feeding reporters on October 29. "What a complete, total, absolute sham," the Star Tribune quoted him as saying in an article that ran the next morning. "The DFL clearly intends to exploit Wellstone's memory totally, completely and shamelessly for political gain. To them, Wellstone's death, apparently, was just another campaign event."

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