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WILSON CAMPAIGN MANAGER Troywilson2008@gmail.com or 612 655 3465 or cohendan1@msn.com

CHEAP SHOT ARTISTS AT WORK As I’m sure most of you aware, I have picked a fight the Strib over their hypocrisy in covering their Viking related real estate dealings. Payback is to be expected. I’m a big boy. I’ve been in this game a long time, and as Mr. Dooley said: Politics ain’t beanbag.” However, there’s a way to do it and a way not to do it, and the Strib has taken the low road. Two days ago, they launched a blog about my first Mayoral campaign, 44 years ago. That’s right, 44 years ago when I was defeated by a local cop, Charlie Stenvig. And here’s the real news flash, I was endorsed by the ever-popular Richard Nixon. Nixon! I’m a Nixon man! Well, true enough, I was endorsed by Richard Nixon. I was also endorsed by Gene McCarthy. But no mention of that. And if I remember correctly, there’s a kind of journalism 101 principle that applies here, but wasn’t observed, and that is, when you take a knock at someone, you give them a call and give them a chance to answer before you do the deed. No call. No heads up. Nothing. The next day, yesterday, I called the reporter and discussed my concerns. There should have been a mention of Gene McCarthy. That would have shown I had bi-partisan support. I wasn’t just a Nixon guy. And I should have been called before the story ran. Result. No correction. Nothing. Same day. I believe it was the article about Gary Schiff’s withdrawal from the Mayor’s race. There was a bit about those left standing. Jackie Cherryhomes, a perfectly nice person whom I have know for years, is described as a former President of the Minneapolis City Council. She was a former President of the Minneapolis City Council. I am described as an alderman. I was an alderman, but I was also a former President of the Minneapolis City Coucnil, and as I said Yesterday to the Strib reporter who did this story, if Jackie is going to be described as a former President of the Minneapolis City Council, I should have been described as a former President of the Minneapolis City Council.

Result. No correction. Nothing. Now, these are minor matters. Nobody gives a damn about who did or didn’t have some tie to Richard Nixon 44 years ago. But it’s symptomatic of an enterprise which just can’t bring itself to be a real newspaper. Instead of responding to my criticism of their failure to be open and forthright about their Viking real estate dealings I’m getting these teeny weeny cheap shots. In the Strib: on May 12, the Strib editor, Nancy Barnes, wrote an op ed piece proclaiming that the paper would provide thorough coverage of the Viking stadium issue. There days later, in another article, the Strib reported it had sold five blocks of Viking related real estate to a local developer for “an undisclosed sum.” That isn’t “thorough coverage.” That violates the principle you have often proclaimed of “the people’s right to know.” The people’s right to know shouldn’t end on your doorstep. I want to know why you don’t want us to know. Here we have an enterprise just four years out of bankruptcy, then purchased by a hedge fund, the Wayzata Partners. Why would they buy an enterprise with such a dismal financial record in a dying industry if not for the real estate. Why would they sell it after vigorously promoting the development around it just at the moment the approval of the new 975 million dollar stadium was secured. Are they retaining an interest they don’t care to have know about. And why Wouldn’t they want us to know about it? Because then their conflict of interest becomes obvious. Developments involve rezonings, variances, conditional uses, permits, street realignments, all the sort of stuff that requires government approvals. Newspapers seeking government action for their business dealings have a conflict of interest problem. It becomes next to impossible to tell where the journalism ends and the real estate company begins. And because the financing of the stadium is still unresolved with the failure of the idiotic pull tab fiasco to absorb 350 million dollars of Viking stadium debt the state is obliged to pay, the paper may have a huge interest in how this issue is decided. Another conflict of interest between journalism and their business dealings. So that’s why “an undisclosed sum” should be disclosed, as should any and all the conditions surrounding the sale.. The people also have a right to know who we are in business with here. I want know who the Wayzata Partners are. This is the hedge fund that owns this paper. The Wayzata Partners. Not the Seward Partners,. Not the Powderhorn Partners. Not the Linden Hills Partners. Not the Dinkytown Partners. Not the CedarRiverside Partners. Not the North Partners. Not the Northeast Partners. Not the Kenwood Partners. The Wayzata Partners. Anyone I know? Anyone who doesn’t want to see their name in the papers. Why would any hedge fund that calls itself the Wayzata Partners have any interest in the city of Minneapolis except to make a few million more bucks off us. So there it is I want to pick a fight the paper. On real issues. So leave the cheap shots out of it. And let’s get it on. --30----

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