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Star Tribune finds itself in middle of stadium debate

Vikings Stadium Football AP

When Vikings V.P. of public affairs and stadium development Lester Bagley appeared on PFT Live earlier this week, he suggested at one point that the Minneapolis Star Tribune would like to see the proposed Arden Hills site for a new stadium fail, so that the venue will be built in Minneapolis.

“The Star Tribune has had a steady diet of articles, editorials hammering us because I think they would prefer us to be in Minneapolis,” Bagley said.  “So, they’ve been supportive of Vikings stadium solutions until we selected Ramsey County as our partner.”

Sensitive to the perception that the Star Tribune is choosing sides in a question that, if not answered with a new stadium in Minnesota, could result in the Vikings leaving the state, Star Tribune editor Nancy Barnes has written a column defending the paper’s role in reporting on the facts and in articulating opinions.

Complicating matters for the Star Tribune is the fact that one of the proposed sites would entail purchasing land currently owned by the Star Tribune, a fact that arguably should be disclosed at the top or the bottom — or both — of every article and column written by the paper.

We haven’t been inspecting items from the Star Tribune for evidence of bias, but the fact that an entire Sunday column has been devoted to the issue suggests that someone other than Bagley has noticed a slant in the coverage.  And we’re not sure that an article that amounts to saying “take our word for it” in 898 more words than that will persuade Bagley or others to conclude otherwise.

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33 Responses to “Star Tribune finds itself in middle of stadium debate”
  1. purplescar says: May 22, 2011 2:02 AM

    the trib! hah!

  2. jstrizzle says: May 22, 2011 2:21 AM

    I was just thinking on writing an article about this on my MN sports blog (http://minnesporta.wordpress.com). It is about time someone said it. If you read the comments most everyone notices it. Off the top of my head I can think of the one article about how expensive the road construction would be, how expensive the site cleanup would be, and how the Vikings are getting a sweeter deal than the Twins.

    The fact remains that the papers 2 major Vikings reporters have not had a single hand in reporting all these so called problems but instead some writers I have never heard of.

    If most readers are unaware the Strib owns a large chunk of land that they would sell to Zygi for parking if the stadium project were to happen at the old Metrodome site. I think he was gonna shell out $45 Million for it.

  3. iamtalkingsolistenandlearn says: May 22, 2011 2:24 AM

    “We haven’t been inspecting items from the Star Tribune for evidence of bias, but the fact that an entire Sunday column has been devoted to the issue suggests that someone other than Bagley has noticed a slant in the coverage.”

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    The fact that every story you post here regarding the owners/inmates labor situation shows clear bias for the inmates has been noticed by many.
    So instead of inspecting items for evidence of bias at the Star Tribune, why not look in the mirror…….and at the dozens of recent “new members(inmates)” on this site that display the same anti-owner bias

  4. gergie1957 says: May 22, 2011 2:25 AM

    Well, if you were going to make big bucks on the sale of land how would you report?

  5. blaz0037 says: May 22, 2011 2:26 AM

    Minneapolis, Arden Hills, wherever, just GET IT DONE!

  6. jstrizzle says: May 22, 2011 2:47 AM

    “Star Tribune finds itself in middle of stadium debate”

    I also am laughing at the irony of the title. They are no where near the “middle” on the debate. I guess money talks when it comes to these Viking “fans”.

  7. cosanostra71 says: May 22, 2011 3:29 AM

    LA Vikings

  8. johnnyb216 says: May 22, 2011 3:53 AM

    I love LA!!! (Randy Newman). We love it!!

  9. kevinwi says: May 22, 2011 5:24 AM

    I’ve been saying this for awhile now….it couldn’t be more obvious.

    I am glad someone finally printed something about it….but the damage has been done. The session is just about to an end and no Stadium bill has been discussed yet.
    We can only hope that they go to special session to discuss and get the Vikings a new stadium.

  10. tinopuno says: May 22, 2011 8:47 AM

    iamtalkingsolistenandlearn says:
    May 22, 2011 2:24 AM

    The fact that every story you post here regarding the owners/”inmates” labor situation shows clear bias for the “inmates” has been noticed by many.
    So instead of inspecting items for evidence of bias at the Star Tribune, why not look in the mirror…….and at the dozens of recent “new members(inmates)” on this site that display the same anti-owner bias

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    Incurrable tool posting at 2:24 AM.

    Does this guy have a life beyond his incessant hate-filled posts on PFT? You get the sense that this arrogant jerk actually believes his sign -in name “iamtalkingsolistenandlearn”.

    Just pathetic!

  11. ernieernie says: May 22, 2011 9:49 AM

    The Star Trib is another one of those left wing liberal run diatribes that publishes whatever it wants as long as the slant favors the left.

    Ya everyone was on the Viking Stadium bandwagon until the Wilfs picked someplace that wasn’t on the power brokers and radar.

    Politicians are all scrambling to be able to say they kept the Vikes in Minneapolis, now where’s the handouts.

    Truth The Arden Hills site is far superior and doesn’t require the expense of removing a staduim thats already there. That part of the story did not get told.

  12. gdeli says: May 22, 2011 9:57 AM

    the trib is a __________ paper. You fill in the blank.

  13. gdeli says: May 22, 2011 9:59 AM

    I see lottsa pain for our vikes this season. I hope I am wrong.

  14. 1stngoal says: May 22, 2011 10:23 AM

    Why wouldn’t the StarTrib have a dog in this fight??? After all they are a dinosaur on the verge of extinction just like every other major newspaper in this country. They are desperate to raise capital any way they can to keep the ship afloat for as long as possible….

  15. thegreenviking says: May 22, 2011 10:28 AM

    I have read every Vikings article from the Strib for years. They are VERY biased in this debate and it’s obvious to us regulars. They are hammering the Vikings right now compared to their usual stance.

  16. vikefan says: May 22, 2011 10:35 AM

    This situation has been brewing regarding Tribune vs Vikings for a while, glad to see it finally brought to the front where everyday joe really understands the Tribs bias reporting and Arden Hills is an excellent site. I have yet to meet someone I know that is not in love with this idea.

  17. dcviking says: May 22, 2011 10:37 AM

    johnnyb216 says: May 22, 2011 3:53 AM

    I love LA!!! (Randy Newman). We love it!!
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    Dude – You listen to Randy Newman music?

    Isn’t that truly special…

  18. redrew says: May 22, 2011 10:37 AM

    Tell Bob Kraft to return the $20,000,000 in ticket sales for a game the Pats never played in. Keep screwing the Fans Bob…$50 parking, $11 beers……Gotta love the NFL

  19. vikefan says: May 22, 2011 10:40 AM

    ……..but then truly honest journalism was gone long time ago. there is always bias or slant regarding insider info, first to break story with mistakes, or something. This world now lives in tell it now and apologize for mistakes later but all news is slanted to some degree. To tell the whole true story with true facts and no opinions was lost long time ago along with true journalism.

  20. goombar2 says: May 22, 2011 10:47 AM

    Another piece about the vikes that’s highly entertaining and play on the stupidity of the vike fans.

    The tribune was smart to have bought the land, as putting the new stadium in the place of the old Metro Dump is the best place for it. That’s if one thought of it logically. Arden Hills is a mess in so many ways it’s not even funny, and as a site for the Super Bowl… That will never happen, it’s in the middle of no where.

    But the vike fans, by and large, are folks that think of the here and now and screw the future. Why was the idea of a 41 yo QB as the future so popular?

    The Trib is just bringing up common sense problems. Instead of looking for DaVinci code conspiracies maybe folks should pay attention to the problems being dicussed and have a big boy discussion?

    But the vike fans want their stadium now and others should pay for it!!!!! Wah, wah, wah!

  21. dogsweat1 says: May 22, 2011 12:30 PM

    The Los Angeles Times will be the Vikings source very soon…

  22. jusford says: May 22, 2011 12:56 PM

    There is life outside of the 494/694 loop! Arden Hills is no where near Canada! Get over it. If you’re going to build a stadium, then put it in a place that needs to be updated! The land out there is an eye-sore and something needs to be done with it. This is an excellent opportunity that (as with the Gopher stadium) will be botched (should’ve included the Vikings for use).
    Meanwhile, keep focused on this government. At least until you have to shut down because you can’t focus on balancing a budget!!!!

  23. jimmysee says: May 22, 2011 2:27 PM

    Earth calling Vikings fans ……..

    So the Star-Trib is biased.

    Well — helllllloooooo.

    Newspapers have been biased like — forever.

    Used to be there were lots of papers with all sorts of viewpoints — readers could sort them out for themselves.

    That’s no longer the case.

    The remaining papers (and networks, and media outlets generally) look out for their own interests and those of their owners.

    Why is that a surprise to anyone?

    Grow up.

  24. locutus says: May 22, 2011 3:11 PM

    goombar2 says: May 22, 2011 10:47 AM

    Arden Hills is a mess in so many ways it’s not even funny, and as a site for the Super Bowl… That will never happen, it’s in the middle of no where.

    What would a Viking article be without the whining of loser goombah, the packer fan?

    It is literally 10-15 minutes from Minneapolis, tool. We can’t all be in the fashion mecca of Green Bay. HAHAHA

  25. vikefan says: May 22, 2011 3:49 PM

    a ha, thank you for your coninuous wonderful insight groombar, not only are you really a vikings fan in the closet, u also work for the tribune i bet. The Vikings want a stadium now? The REAL TRUTH is they have wanted a stadium for 6 years!!! which the state failed to acknowledge in ANY WAY!! Their lease ends on the metrodump now, THAT is why we r in this mess! I know u dont care bout tailgaiting but doing it next to a baseball field all the way across town or stacked up in parking garages is absurd. That IS NOT a true gameday experience. I am willing to help u pack ur bags anytime groombar.

  26. deconjonesbitchslap says: May 22, 2011 3:54 PM

    bye bye, Vikes!

  27. mikemnz says: May 22, 2011 3:54 PM

    You mean the same newspaper that had a Packers section?

    Judd Zulgad has been on the NFL beat since the 2003 season, when he began a (gasp) two-year stint covering the Green Bay Packers for the Star Tribune. Zulgad has covered the Vikings since 2005.

  28. stavreafavre says: May 22, 2011 4:21 PM

    So ernieernie, how exactly does the newspaper being a “left wing liberal run diatribe” figure into this particular conversation? Do Right Wingers favor the Arden Hills site for some paticular reason? Or do you just start all of your conversations with that pearl of wisdom?

  29. goombar2 says: May 22, 2011 5:14 PM

    I’m just happy that the tornadoes didn’t take out your trailer park vikefan and that your telephone lines still are up so you can post here with your 5k modem.

    As far as me moving, how’s about next year sounding, sine you did promise and all? And I’ll take your life savings too… What was the value on that? 100 bucks?

    As far as tailgating something could be arranged. I mean, what are we talking here? 10-15 folks?

    Arden Hills is 10-15 min from St Paul (do you even know where it is?). It’s about 30-35 from Minneapolis if traffic is decent, otherwise it can be a couple hours. The airport is in Bloomington and it takes about 30-35 min to get to the Hills from there too. The light rail doesn’t go near the site.

  30. vikefan says: May 22, 2011 7:00 PM

    Arden Hills is 15 min from Mlps & St Paul, FACTS have confirmed this. Fact: light rail has not even been mentioned yet. Fact, ur gonna have to help pay for it, haha. Trailer is fine considering its bout size of 60 of em, but thx for caring. Enjoy the special session and passing of a Vikings bill.

  31. dcviking says: May 22, 2011 9:07 PM

    goombar2 says: May 22, 2011 5:14 PM

    I’m just happy that the tornadoes didn’t take out your trailer park vikefan and that your telephone lines still are up so you can post here with your 5k
    Arden Hills is 10-15 min from St Paul (do you even know where it is?). It’s about 30-35 from Minneapolis if traffic is decent, otherwise it can be a couple hours. The airport is in Bloomington and it takes about 30-35 min to get to the Hills from there too. The light rail doesn’t go near the site.

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    Yeah, so that makes it what from Wisconsin — about 45 minutes.

    Hell, that’s a 6 beer, 2 sheep drive and that’s not counting the time it takes to pass through customs and you leave Wisconsin and enter America.

  32. dukemarc says: May 23, 2011 9:30 AM

    The Strib has their own agenda they’re pushing? I’m shocked!

    …absolutely terrible newspaper…

  33. goombar2 says: May 23, 2011 2:59 PM

    dcviking… I don’t live in Wisconsin anymore… I have no idea what you’re talking about? Beers and sheep? Seems as though you have a fan club of people that are into that alternative lifestyle… No need to go into detail, not interested.

    And HELL NO, I’m not paying for it… I think I’ve pretty much explained why not. Me and my 75% majority ain’t paying one dime for it… And as it stands, they aren’t even brining it up. That tells you the political support of the Repubs on this. They got elected to lower taxes, not raise them for pet projects.

    And maybe you should ask a buddy to drive you around, cause the drive times are longer than what you’re claiming even on a low traffic day on those potholed roads. I’d hate (and I never did) estimate on a bad day.

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