Before we start, let me say that I realize, generally, that signing an online petition in the hopes of actually getting something accomplished is equivalent to getting a Diet Coke to go with your triple cheeseburger and extra large fries in an attempt to lose weight. However, at this point I'm so tired of the bias that a certain Minneapolis media institution is showing towards the proposed Vikings' stadium site in Arden Hills that I wanted to attempt to help provide a counter-balance.
As we've pointed out on several occasions here, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune is not a fan of the fact that the Vikings have chosen to pursue their stadium site in Arden Hills rather than simply going with the "throw crap at the wall and see what sticks" plan cobbled together by Minneapolis at the last minute after the Arden Hills plan was announced. Their coverage of the progress of the Arden Hills plan has been terribly slanted against the plan, despite their protestations to the contrary.
Last week, the Star-Tribune posted a story about a city council member from Shoreview. . .and what the blue hell Shoreview has to do with Arden Hills is outside of the scope of my understanding. . .that had put a petition online that he wanted to present to Ramsey County commissioners to show that the area was against a Vikings stadium. The last line of the story is hilarious.
He posted the petition Friday and had 86 signatures as of Wednesday afternoon.
The guy got 86 people to sign his stupid petition in five days, yet this schlub was worthy of column space in the Star-Tribune. But the Star-Tribune isn't biased in any way! No, of course they're not! If you don't believe me, just ask them.
The folks at SaveTheVikes.org and Minnesota Momentum have put together their own online petition in support of the Vikings' stadium in Arden Hills. I've signed it, and I encourage all of you to do so as well.
Yeah, I'm biased. . .but, unlike some media sources, at least I'll admit it.