Betsy Hodges's spox blasts KSTP for report about tension between mayor and Chief Harteau
On the record, Hodges and Harteau say they have a good working relationship, but KSTP's anonymous sources see things differently.
Mayor Betsy Hodges's spokesperson, Kate Brickman, laid into KSTP last night for a report about purported tension between her boss and Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau.
In "Minneapolis Mayor, Police Chief Deny Tense Working Relationship," Jay Kolls cites "multiple" unnamed sources who tell him the two "don't get along very well." He says the beef the two had about police body cameras while Hodges was on the campaign trial marked the beginning of their rift. But Brickman thinks the real story is about how gender bias colors KSTP's coverage.
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Here's what Brickman said on Facebook:
Ever wonder what it's like to be a woman leader? Let me sum it up for you. You can't be another woman's boss without someone asking if you're "the best of friends right now." Yes. Real question.
Oh. And if you say you have a good partnership with someone, but [someone] who doesn't work with either of you claims otherwise, you have a story about how taxpayers should be concerned.
Disgusting. Please alert me the next time a reporter asks a male mayor if he is "the best of friends" with his police chief.
She also sounded off on Twitter:
Tonight at 10... a reminder of how women leaders are treated differently than men.-- Kate Brickman (@katebrickman) July 30, 2014
Tonight at 10....... we take your gossip and report it as news.-- Kate Brickman (@katebrickman) July 30, 2014
So apparently a woman can't be another woman's boss without being "the best of friends." Real question from today.-- Kate Brickman (@katebrickman) July 30, 2014
Two people say they work well together. But some person who doesn't work with either of them claims otherwise. Journalism, folks.-- Kate Brickman (@katebrickman) July 30, 2014
For what it's worth, Brickman was far from the only person who had that reaction to Kolls's piece:
.@lawremipsum Kolls being Kolls. Hodges is Harteau's BOSS; even the expectation that they get along like pals is stupid and subrosa sexist-- David Brauer (@dbrauer) July 30, 2014
For what it's worth, both KSTP's news director and assistant news director -- Lindsay Radford and Anne Wittenborg, respectively -- are women.
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