erik lundegaard

My Pointergate Scandal

Daily Kos called it “may be the most racist news story of 2014.” Former mayor R.T. Rybak said on Facebook that he had to “reread this article three times before I could be convinced this wasn't a joke.”

What is it? It's called Pointergate or #Pointergate. Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges was helping volunteers with Neighborhoods Organizing for Change, a Get Out The Vote campaign in Minneapolis, and took a photo with a young volunteer. They were arm in arm but pointing fingers at each other. The mayor is white, the young man is black. Then local news reporter Jay Kolls of KSTP-TV filed a report that the Mayor was flashing gang signs with a gang member. 

From The Minneapolis Star-Tribune:

Reporter Jay Kolls said in his story that “law enforcement agencies” told him it was a sign used by a north Minneapolis gang. ... “Is she going to support gangs in the city or cops?” John Delmonico, president of the city’s police union, said in an on-camera interview.

Here's the photo:

Mayor Betsy Hodges: pointergate

Here's another one, taken four years ago, which didn't make the news:

Pointergate

It's sort of a well-known gesture: You the man; no, you the man. It's something people do when posing for the zillionth photo. 

It's hardly worth talking about, to be honest. It's a distraction. Even if there's comeuppance for Kroll and Delmonico, they'll find a place. If KSTP fires Kroll he'll get hired by FOX-News. World without end. “Liberal media.” 

Onward. 

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Posted at 11:07 AM on Sat. Nov 08, 2014 in category Media  

COMMENTS

Tim wrote:

My first thought when reading that a story with that photo attached was racist was that it was akin to Stephen Colbert posing with his “black friend.” http://static.tvtropes.org/...

Pointing is a gang sign, huh? Nobody tell Mark McLemore.

Comment posted on Sat. Nov 08, 2014 at 03:45 PM
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