Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Minnesota Journalist Blogger Scores "Modest Scoop"

Remember the name Eric Black. He runs a website called Eric Black Ink. This is what he modestly says about himself.

After 30 years of scribbling for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, I acquired the right to refer to myself as a humble and obedient ink-stained wretch. Now I seek the wily and elusive prey called wisdom and truth. Fellow seekers are most welcome to join the hunt.

I am a participant in the Center for Independent Media New Journalism Pilot Program. However, all of the statements, opinions, policies, and views expressed on this site are solely mine. This web site is not a production of the Center, and the Center does not support or endorse any of the contents on this site.
This link will take you to what he calls a modest scoop.

I have been following Rachel Paulose's sad tale for a while now. I thought I knew the story and suspected Rachel was being investigated, but like everybody else I believed the top four career professionals in the Minneapolis AG office voluntarily resigned in protest. Eric reports that they jumped because Rachel was about to dump them.

More importantly he fleshes out Rachel's apparent short coming.
When Paulose took over the office, she told several of the career officials there that she demanded total personal loyalty. At least one replied that loyalty was owed to the Constitution, not to her. Many of the allegations raise the possibility that Paulose crossed the line while seeking to punish personal disloyalty.
Demand absolute personal loyalty. Punish personal disloyalty. Good governor, how does a person with that kind of personality find herself appointed to lead career professionals? Oh, I remember now, she was a Monica Goodling chum. Birds of a feather flock together and all that. Read Eric's entire post. It is more than a modest scoop. It is an example of what independent journalists can accomplish.

Oh, "good governor" is one of Rachel's favorite sayings. She is an evangelical so she really can't say "good God."