I usually don’t get too involved in the usual braying over the alleged political leaning of the Star Tribune, but I make an exception in the story about the arrest of Tim Droogsma, a former press secretary to a U.S. senator and a Minnesota governor, in a prostitution sting on St. Paul’s East side yesterday.
Journalistically speaking, this sentence is legit:
Droogsma was a spokesman for Sen. Rudy Boschwitz in the late 1980s and Gov. Arne Carlson in the early 1990s.
But the next sentence — or continuation of the above — violates every ethical principle in the book.
Recently, he publicly supported a candidate seeking to replace state Rep. Steve Sviggum. All three elected officials were Republicans.
For the record, the Strib is talking about Steve Drazkowski, who was not arrested yesterday, does not appear to have employed Droogsma and I’m guessing doesn’t buy into the fact that Republicans are more inclined to solicit hookers. And let’s face it, that’s what the Strib was trying to say here.
Frankly, I’m kind of surprised the usual suspects in the anti-Strib coalition let it pass without comment.