Keillor fired by MPR over improper behavior allegation

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Garrison Keillor

Big news. The Associated Press reports:Garrison Keillor, the former host of ‘A Prairie Home Companion,’ says he’s been fired by Minnesota Public Radio over allegations of improper behavior. … Keillor told The Associated Press of his firing in an email. In a follow-up statement, he says he was fired over ‘a story that I think is more interesting and more complicated than the version MPR heard.’ … He didn’t give details of the allegation. Minnesota Public Radio didn’t immediately respond to messages.”

If only there were some other way to produce this stuff. The Star Tribune’s Jeremy Olson reports: “A distribution glitch at one of Minnesota’s two medical marijuana providers has left some patients with little or no supply left for treatment of conditions such as chronic pain, epileptic seizures and Tourette syndrome. … One patient, Katie Kennedy, said she called LeafLine Labs on Monday because she had no cannabis left for the management of her chronic pain and only a two-day supply left for the management of her son’s Tourette and autism. She said a LeafLine representative replied that it had none available until Friday, though it later provided a small quantity to get her son through the week.”

They could use a little help. The Star Tribune’s Erin Golden reports: “Following the bumpy rollout of a new vehicle licensing system, the state of Minnesota is hiring a private firm for similar upgrades to its drivers licensing operations. … Officials with Minnesota IT Services and the state Department of Public Safety said Tuesday that they’ve signed a $26 million contract with Fast Enterprises, a firm that has helped manage drivers licensing services in other states. In a statement, the leaders of the two departments said they expect the company will help ensure Minnesota is ready to begin issuing new licenses that comply with the federal Real ID law by October 2018.”

Water you waiting for? The Duluth News Tribune’s John Myers writes: “The governments of Canada and the U.S. are making ‘considerable progress’ in cleaning up the Great Lakes but should set time-specific targets for fixing wastewater and drinking water systems, reducing agricultural and urban runoff and eliminating toxic pollutant releases into the lakes. That was the assessment Tuesday by the International Joint Commission, the quasi-government, cross-border group charged with overseeing U.S.-Canada border water disputes and with monitoring the health of the Great Lakes.”

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Comments (14)

  1. Submitted by jim hughes on 11/29/2017 - 12:10 pm.

    it’s official

    Keillor, only the most recent to be put over the side without benefit of a hearing. It’s official: this is a witch hunt. Accusation is conviction. Skepticism means you’re a witch too. Richard Nixon would understand how this works..

    • Submitted by ian wade on 11/29/2017 - 02:53 pm.

      Mr. Hughes is quite correct.

      In reading Mr. Keiller’s description of the event, it’s clear to me that this issue has descended into parody, which is heartbreaking. The faux outrage and knee jerk response to an accusation like this, is an insult to every woman that has experienced actual sexual abuse. At this point, we’re not illuminating the problem, we’re diluting it.

      • Submitted by Richard Callahan on 11/29/2017 - 05:22 pm.

        Very well said.

        I’ve been a member of MPR since 1973, but that ends now. I can’t abide by an organization that has become so stupid and politically correct.

      • Submitted by Nick Foreman on 11/29/2017 - 04:41 pm.

        Absolutely done

        With MPR

      • Submitted by jim hughes on 11/30/2017 - 03:01 pm.


        We just cancelled our MPR membership. Whatever Keillor actually did – and it sounds like basically nothing – he’s a writer and entertainer, not the pastor of a church. I enjoy his work and I don’t need to be protected from the sound of his voice.

  2. Submitted by Pat Terry on 11/29/2017 - 12:25 pm.

    Keilor is one that does not surprise me at all.

    Super bad timing on the Franken defense, though. Not helping, buddy.

  3. Submitted by Greg Price on 11/29/2017 - 03:04 pm.

    Garrison Keilor does hot have a harassment issue.

    I find this very hard to believe about Garrison Keilor…a good man run down without benefit of trial.

    Should say “trial by public denouncement”…

    pathetic…he has contributed a lot to MPR and Public Radio in general.

    MPR will never get another dime of mine….I listen to writer’s almanac daily…

    He tries to help someone and gets sued in return….

    what kind of BS is this….its turning into the Army-McCarthy hearings all over again…

    greg price

  4. Submitted by Jack Lint on 11/29/2017 - 05:08 pm.

    Worst Case Scenario

    On the PHC they did a skit called Worst Case Scenario where they would provide a situation and then come up with a description of how it could all go terribly wrong. If there’s any truth to what Keillor says, then this is straight out of that routine.

    Honestly, I don’t know what to make of it all.

  5. Submitted by Jeffrey Knudsen on 11/30/2017 - 03:34 am.

    Extremely Counter-productive

    This accuser (and her lawyer) will gain nothing from this but a brief, ugly notoriety, at the expense of damaging the reputation of a man who is demonstrably not an abuser and diminishing the value of MPR as a cultural resource. In addition, they have undermined the cases of all those women who have actually suffered at the hands of an abuser. Shame!

    MPR management’s mindless knee-jerk reaction makes them just as culpable in all these negative effects. Thus endeth my sustaining membership.

  6. Submitted by RB Holbrook on 11/30/2017 - 09:24 am.

    Keillor’s Defenders

    I see several men have leapt to the defense of Garrison Keillor.

    Let’s add a few facts to the discussion: We are only hearing his characterization of what happened. Of course he’s going to minimize it. He may be a tiresome old hack, but he is certainly not fool enough to refrain from trying to minimize what he did.

    Second, MPR appears to have conducted a lengthy investigation into the allegations.> It wasn’t just a matter of hearing one complaint and letting him go. For reasons I can’t understand, Mr. Keillor remains a major source of revenue for MPR. They are not going to let him go lightly.

    Third, I have heard from at least one former MPR employee that he was always one for erratic behavior. I can’t say I’m surprised by this.

    • Submitted by Jackson Cage on 11/30/2017 - 11:18 am.

      Thanks RB

      Quite honestly, I don’t have any idea what he did or didn’t do. While I agree maybe they sentenced him before the verdict came in, I’m not sure I’d go so far as to exonerate him either.

  7. Submitted by Pat Terry on 11/30/2017 - 10:57 am.

    One side

    All these condemnations are based solely on Keillor’s description of the event. Do you honestly think they would cut ties with him if that was it? An accidental slip on a touch to the back?
    Keillor still makes MPR a ton of money, and now that’s going away.

    I expect this was a long time coming, and the current environment made it ok (or necessary) to act.

  8. Submitted by Jerilyn Jackson on 11/30/2017 - 08:21 pm.

    I can”t say I’m especially surprised by this one either.

    It may seem unfair that the word of one, or more, women can lead to the undoing of a man. But the cards have been stacked against women for so long that I think they simply must be believed (although the consequences should differ according to each case). Not that there will never be unjust accusations by some women, but I guess it’s becoming a time when the cards are stacked against men for a change.

  9. Submitted by richard owens on 12/01/2017 - 01:53 pm.

    Due process is all we have.

    Folks want to decide punishments REAL BAD. As if that will “teach” anyone a lesson. No doubt their moms tried to teach them too.

    How about the only person speaking of appropriate punishments at the stage of accusation be the victims themselves.

    The famous psych study where each subject pushes the button to give ever-increasing shocks to an unknown victim is one reason to hold your judgments, especially in the case where the body of work of the accused demands some respect.

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