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Another beaten competitor disses KSTP’s Hauser

Geez, when KSTP’s Tom Hauser gets a GOP-related scoop, competitors’ knives come out.

In January, when Hauser broke the news that Norm Coleman wouldn’t run for governor, it provoked backbiting from KARE’s John Croman. “Norm leaked the news to KSTP, the station still battling hard in court to find the rest of his uncounted absentees from 2008. Just sayin’,” Croman tweeted.

On Tuesday, Hauser was again first with the news that Republican Tom Emmer had conceded the gubernatorial recount. Here’s how Star Tribune Nancy Barnes boiled down Hauser’s scoop in a Sunday column explaining the paper’s sourcing procedures: “The story was leaking out from a TV reporter who had close ties to Emmer.”

You can practically see her sneer. It’s a “leak,” not a story, unearthed by “close ties,” not reporting.

Lord knows, I’ve probably written more about KSTP’s links to the GOP than anyone else in town. But I try not to speculate about their reporting methods in a column touting my organization’s high standards.

Yes, Hauser is wired in the GOP world, and he and Emmer grew up as hockey-playing Edina boys. I’ve taken issue with some of the station’s subjective calls and objective omissions. Ownership’s decision to contribute directly to GOP-friendly groups encourages scrutiny.

I agree with Barnes’ larger point, that being right is more important than being first. But if she had any kind of class, she’d simply give Hauser credit, rather than tacitly diminishing his scoop or making what could be construed as an excuse for her own team.

And if Barnes cared to show just a bit of humility, she’d acknowledge that whatever KSTP’s leanings, Hauser has an excellent record for factual accuracy (three sources in this case), while her own paper, despite its laudable standards and achievements, sometimes falls short.

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Comments (6)

  1. Submitted by Eric Ferguson on 12/13/2010 - 12:32 pm.

    Outside those who work in media, does anyone care who got the story first?

  2. Submitted by Joe Musich on 12/13/2010 - 01:28 pm.

    Well I suppose Katherine Kersten might care !

  3. Submitted by Stan Daniels on 12/13/2010 - 04:59 pm.

    Memo to Nancy Barnes. Shut up!

    Something tells me that most stories are broken through connections and relationships.

  4. Submitted by Paul Udstrand on 12/13/2010 - 05:21 pm.

    Did this scoop deliver any appreciable bump in rating of any kind to KSTP? Frankly I have a hard with a bunch of stations who have a hard time finding news of any kind on any given day of the week complaining about someone else’s scoop. Do you see the stories local news leads with on a nightly bases? KARE is sports, KSTP is crime, WCCO is either weather or someone’s kid doing something, and KMSP is always special investigation. Whatever.

  5. Submitted by David Ziegler on 12/14/2010 - 09:11 am.

    Good for Hauser!!!
    He has close ties with the party that understands how to utilize the media and definitely don’t eat their own.

    The problem with the liberal media is that they are more concerned with with the media part than with the liberal part.

    Good ethics, bad politics and low ratings.

  6. Submitted by Michael Skillrud on 12/14/2010 - 10:04 am.

    “Ownership’s decision to contribute directly to GOP-friendly groups encourages scrutiny.” Are you suggesting that when the Hubbards donate to DFL-friendly groups (which they do) there is no need for scrutiny? Why is that? So, just so we’re clear, when someone is of like-mind to you and your causes there is no need for further investigation or question of motive? Got it. 😉

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