A list of murdered people that was too long to finish reading, a push for a livable wage, both components of a long day of activism on the streets and interstates of Minneapolis.
Panelists who gathered to discuss a KSTP-TV story that came to be known as Pointergate agreed it should have never aired as it did. KSTP’s story said a photo of Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges showed her flashing gang signs while doing a get-out-the-vote drive on the city’s north side. Star Tribune Managing Editor of Operations Duchesne Drew said once Hodges’ office told KSTP-TV that the mayor was simply pointing, that should have been the end of the story.
“It isn’t a valid story,” Drew told journalists and members of the public gathered at the University of Minnesota Cowles Auditorium on Monday night. “And it isn’t the kind of story that speaks well of us as a profession or is helpful for beginning to talk about very real issues like gang violence.”
Drew said the problem was not so much the initial story that KSTP-TV did, but the follow-up stories that continued to draw a connection between the mayor’s pointing gesture and gang violence.
“When you realize that you’ve made a mistake, you correct it. It’s, really, we’re here not because they made a mistake — but because they kept holding to it. Right?”
The other person in the photo with Hodges was Navell Gordon, a man working with Neighborhoods Organizing For Change (NOC) who happens to be black. NOC organizer Anthony Newby agreed the story should have never aired. “Navell isn’t a gang member, hasn’t been a gang member. There’s no evidence of any gang activity. That’s also true of other folks on our staff. So this was not a story.”
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Local journalists have called on KSTP-TV to disavow its "Pointergate" story calling it "fundamentally flawed and based on a faulty premise — that a silly gesture made by the mayor in a candid photo amounted to a gang sign." This is a panel discussion with journalists and the public about that story. KSTP-TV sent a letter, but opted not to send a representative to the panel.