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GOP convention: Seifert takes shot at ‘bankrupt’ Star Tribune but …

Normally, I’m the one who takes cheap shots at the Star Tribune, but that paper’s Hot Dish blog reports that Marty Seifert has fliered the state GOP convention with his bon mot uttered after editorialists urged raising taxes: “A bankrupt newspaper giving advice to a bankrupt state government is no solution to balance the budget.”

Hey, Sarah Palin is making a hefty living poking the media, so even if Marty doesn’t have her support, he knows a delegate-pleaser when he sees one.

It does strike me, though, that the jab is dated. After all, consider what the Strib did to get out of bankruptcy: it’s practically the GOP platform!

1.     Cut union jobs and pay.
2.     Privatize retirement funds.
3.     Cut health services.
4.     Raise taxes, er … fees. (OK, that’s a “do what we do,” not “do what we say.”)

Seifert’s slam isn’t meant to be examined closely — after all, the journalists who wrote the edit didn’t drive the paper into the financial ditch — but one cheap shot deserves another:

The most famous bankruptcy around these parts isn’t the Strib’s, but Denny Hecker’s. And guess who gave $50,000 to the state GOP in 2006? Should we take advice from a party with donors like that? Makes about as much sense.

Comments (9)

  1. Submitted by Kimbers Cadieux on 04/30/2010 - 02:28 pm.


  2. Submitted by Stan Daniels on 04/30/2010 - 03:38 pm.

    Perfect Marty. I’m far from being liberal, but what does an editorial have to do with the business side of the newspaper? Does he really think the Strib employees wanted the bankruptcy or they leveraged the paper so badly?

    Free tip to the Republicans. Spend more time talking about solving issues and less blaming others. We don’t need anymore finger pointers.

  3. Submitted by Hal Sanders on 05/01/2010 - 09:55 am.

    It’s all moot. Seifert got his butt kicked in the endorsement process and is no longer relevant.

  4. Submitted by PHILLIP HANKLAND on 05/03/2010 - 02:12 pm.

    The problem at the Strib was ownership,when the Coles, and then McClatchy owned it they were newspaper people, when Avista bought it,it was way out of their league,they were a venture capital firm and were only interested in turning the business over as quickly as possible to show progress with their New York bosses.

  5. Submitted by Hal Sanders on 05/03/2010 - 10:09 pm.

    Mr. Hankland:
    McClatchy doesn’t deserve any plaudits. They bought the STrib at a sky-high price and then a few years later dumped it at a fire-sale price, thus devaluing the paper by half in one fell swoop. As for the Cowles, the younger generation wasn’t made up of people who had newspapering in their veins. As soon as they had control they were looking for a way to cash in and they did.

  6. Submitted by Steve Rose on 05/04/2010 - 01:04 pm.


    I know it doesn’t support the point of your concluding paragraph, but more recently Denny Hecker contributed money to Franken for Senate ($2300 Q1-2008), Obama for President ($2300 Q2-2007), & Ellison for Congress ($1200 Q1-2007).

    Source: Huffington Post Fundrace 2008.

    Should we take advice from a party with donors like that?

  7. Submitted by David Brauer on 05/04/2010 - 01:18 pm.

    Steve – I think you’re missing the point, twice.

    1. Both Seifert’s and my examples are inane (but at least I acknowledge that in the final sentence). I was using mine to point out his.

    2. Seifert, not the Dems, was beating his breast about bankruptcy. So he and his party are the issue here. There’s no need for false equivalence, because only one party’s candidate is making the sophomoric claim.

  8. Submitted by Steve Rose on 05/04/2010 - 02:10 pm.


    You’re right; I missed your point(s).

  9. Submitted by Hal Sanders on 05/04/2010 - 03:14 pm.

    Well, David, I guess I missed your point(s) and still do. Your comments still come off as an unbalanced pro-Dem screed.

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