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Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Drama Queen Wins Worst Person in Minnesota Award

From the Minnesota Network for Progressive Action.

#1 -- Michael Brodkorb: My 2006 worst person in Minnesota has redefined the Minnesota blog-o-sphere. Blogs used to be a genuine discussion of events and positions; they admittedly have slanted points of view, but that's usually not hidden from the reader-- they editorialize but don't pretend to be giving "hard" news....however, thanks to Brodkorb, blogs are rapidly becoming just another arm of political campaigns; operated by former campaign staffers and political hacks and working to influence or manipulate the mainstream media in any manner they can. It has gotten so out of hand, that Mary Kiffmeyer invites Brodkorb to a transition meeting with newly elected Mark Ritchie....for purposes only apparent to Kiffmeyer herself.... but we know Brodkorb's agenda is to simply "hatchet" another Democrat. To be fair, Brodkorb isn't the only one that has lowered the bar for political discourse. There are plenty on the left that are all too willing to take up the gauntlet. But Brodkorb envisions himself as some kind of "investigative" reporter.... with little or no regard for both sides of the issue and even less for factual content. He only looks for the negative... and only items that expose political "opponents". His news flashes are one-sided and distorted as much as possible. But given all that, Brodkorb might be simply ranting in obscurity if not for the local media's willing obsession to pick up the "negative" story, at the expense of examining issue content. Politics has been reduced to the lowest common denominator....thanks, partially, to Michael Brodkorb--- Minnesota's Worst Person in the State!

Brodkorb doesn't claim to be unbiased. He's got lots of media contacts, and reporters and political operatives read his site. Democrats have also been very willing to use Brodkorb to launder negative stories on democratic opponents. Elwyn Tinklenberg's campaign did this to Scotty Mortensen for example.

Brodkorb's blog doesn't work in isolation. He works hard at cultivating reporters and editors - and pitching them his stories.

I read MDE because it's a gossip site. I take stories on that site with a large grain of salt.