That was Star Tribune spokesperson Ben Taylor’s reply when I asked him whether: the Strib had plans to a) buy the Pioneer Press, b) sell to soon-to-be-deleveraged PiPress overlord Dean Singleton, or c) investigate lesser cross-town efficiencies.
I also asked whether there had been any discussions with self-declared newspaper-consolidation “aggressor” Singleton, PiPress owner MediaNews Group, or PiPress executives about these possibilities.
Under new board chair Mike Sweeney, the Strib has become impressively responsive to my requests, so I find their unwillingness to issue even some bland “committed to the market” statement newsworthy. I have zero evidence that anything’s afoot at this point, but I think it’s OK to raise an eyebrow.
Update: Taylor sent me a polite note recommending I lower my eyebrow. He says that the “no comment” is strictly a reflection of “we are not going to talk about our competitor, which has pretty much been our policy for as long as I can remember.”