Cop in charge of anti-RNC security
The Minnpost is a relatively new new source. It's published by a former publisher of the Star Tribune and its list of writers reads like a who's who of everyone who has been purged from local newsrooms in the last years. It does, however, seem kind of weird. It's like old media tring to be old media in a new place. There's very few interactive resources, there's actually very few pictures. In any case, there's some good writing.
This article is a profile of Ass. Police Chief Matt Bostrom, and his role in organizing security for the RNC next year. It's by former strib columnist Doug Grow.
It starts by setting up the scene of a meeting between old school 60s peace and justice people and Bostrom, the kickefr being that they give him a standing ovation.It goes into the lack of trust between cops and protesters (including the Ramsey County debacle of building pens for protesters). It goes into free speech issues, past anti-convention protests, and articulates a "Minnesota model" based on free speech and, perhaps, using "peaceful" protesters to inform on radical ones. All in all it's a well-written piece. Grow could have tried to talk to some younger activists, he managed to demonize them instead. Maybe that's a metaphor for the Boomer dominated old-media of Minnpost. Sure they are covering that same demographic that still read the star tribune, but what about younger people and the non-traditional readers? Maybe,like this isn't a complete picture ofconvention protesters, the MinnPost isn't a very complete prediction of what will happen to media.