Our conservative friends in the Rowdy Crowd have speculated that MinnPost will be nothing more than the RedStar Online, an outlaw outpost where commie Star Tribune ex-patriots are free to be even more vicious in their attacks on conservatives and America than they were at the Star Tribune. I have visions of them setting their NetNanny software Wednesday evening to protect the children from MinnPost’s policy porn.
If the first edition is any indication, the conservatives look to be about half right.
They are right in that so far MinnPost reads a lot like the Star Tribune. While former Star Tribune publisher Joel Kramer aspires to go deeper into context and implications than the Star Tribune, I didn’t see a real difference there yet. That was a bit of an inaugural buzz kill.
The reporting seemed very similar to Star Tribune reporting. It maybe was a little more sassy, intellectual, reporter-centric (i.e. prominently featuring reporters’ mugs), and interactive than the Star Tribune, but the differences were relatively subtle. It featured very good journalism, but not great journalism.
But our conservative friends’ predictions are wrong, so far, that MinnPost will be a more aggressively liberal version of the Star Tribune. Steve Berg and Delma Francis had pretty liberal pieces in the first edition, while liberal Doug Grow did what he so often did at the Star Tribune, took shots at liberals. Beyond that, I’m not sure any of the other pieces could be considered to have a political bent of any type. I didn’t hear a conservative voice in the mix, which is very disappointing, but this is far from an agressively liberal publication.
I like the Star Tribune better than many alternative information sources – talk radio, TV news, local weeklies, cable TV shout-offs, and blogs — so I generally liked my first glimpse of MinnPost. But MinnPost aspires to be considerably different and better than the Star Tribune, and on that front it has a ways to go.