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david hanners

st. paul, Minnesota
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Posted on 12/09/14 at 12:23 pm in response to The real journalistic question of Pointergate

For the life of me, I just do not understand why Kolls and KSTP just don't do the right thing and admit they screwed up. Drew's summary is correct: unless you believe the mayor was knowingly flashing a gang sign, there's no "there" there. To buy the cops' argument that KSTP has bought into, you have to believe a) Hodges knew she was flashing a gang sign or b) that she is somehow in league with street gangs or c) that the gangs are/were intent on using the photo as a recruiting tool. (Do...

Posted on 12/11/14 at 06:46 am in response to The real journalistic question of Pointergate

Were I the mayor or Mr. Gordon, I'd be tempted to send a Data Practices Act request to the Department of Public Safety to see just how many cops in how many departments have typed my name into their computers. I once did so, and found that even though I had been stopped by police a grand total of twice in my 20 years in Minnesota, numerous police departments had run inquiries on my name over the years. One of the perks of being a reporter who wrote about cops, I guess.

Posted on 11/25/14 at 11:43 am in response to No charges in Ferguson case; protests flare in wake of decision

Gee, where to start? Would you like to illuminate us as to who the "flamethrower" imam(s) are? I'm sure the FBI would like to hear from you. Secondly, maybe you could define what you mean by "flamethrower" or "terrorist clerics." You'd think if they were active in recruiting in the Twin Cities, the Feds would have charged them by now. And please tell us again how quickly the Catholic Church -- which, unlike Islam, has an actual hierarchy of leadership -- got rid of its problem priests. The...

Posted on 09/12/14 at 02:14 am in response to Reacting to Obama’s speech, Rand Paul throws Hannity a curve

Scads of "more moderate" Muslims have condemned IS, and they've been doing so for some time. The terrorist thugs of IS have been happily killing Muslims for some time without the West getting too excited. Just because the news sources you rely on haven't published or broadcast these condemnations or haven't given them prominent display doesn't mean they didn't happen. And once these groups have gone on record condemning IS, I'm not sure they are required to repeat the condemnation every hour...

Yet again, Mr. Tester completely misses the point. Of course Ms. MacDonald *says* she'll act without regard to a person’s religion. But when she holds up a well-thumped Bible, what faith (no pun intended) do I have as a litigant before the Court that her brand of justice will be blind to such things as religion? In a word, none. She seeks to mix her brand of Christianity with the business of the Court. At least she is open about it.

I'm also guessing the version of the Bible she held...

Posted on 03/24/14 at 05:41 am in response to Group asks Obama to pardon 'Dakota 38+2'

The Pioneer Press published a much better and more detailed yarn about their case than the five-paragraph (?!) Star Tribune brief you linked to. And the Pioneer Press ran it a day before the other paper.

Am I the only one troubled by the fact this piece was 1) written by someone long associated with the GOP who 2) excuses Ortman's behavior as "everyone does it" and 3) quotes Michael Brodkorb as the primary source? Just wondering.

Posted on 02/28/13 at 12:58 pm in response to No body doesn't mean no case in Kira Trevino disappearance

Periods, Mr. Kapphahn. Please use them. Aside from your misuse of elipses (you don't seem to be omitting any words or phrases) the sentences go on and on. They are hard for us to wade through. Many of us have stopped wading.

Posted on 02/28/13 at 06:29 pm in response to No body doesn't mean no case in Kira Trevino disappearance

I suspect you over-estimate the comprehensibility of your posts. But as someone who has spent the past 35 years working for "news rags" (a couple of them quite above average) I suppose I have come to place undue emphasis on caring that readers understand.

Posted on 02/07/13 at 11:58 am in response to Amy Koch media saga: Who did what and when

I'm not sure what newsrooms Jeremy Powers has worked in, but the "four rules of journalism ethics" he cites are certainly no rules I've ever been told about. His "rules" seem a recipe for shallow and timid journalism and they certainly aren't the way we do business at the Pioneer Press.