The New York Times continues to find its way into Minnesota's bad books, with this time a political editor at the newspaper offending the city of Minneapolis.
The subject of Minnesotan ire on Wednesday was the NYT's Deputy Washington Editor, Jonathan Weisman, who posted a tweet that he has subsequently removed and clarified.
It came amid a discussion about a comment from former U.S. Senator for Missouri Claire McCaskill that "Free stuff from the government does not play well in the Midwest" in relation to Medicare-For-All.
Responding was Democratic strategist Waleed Shahid, who pointed out that two of the more progressive reps in the House, Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minneapolis and Rashida Tlaib of Detroit, are from the Midwest and are firm proponents of Medicare-For-All, as well as noting that Medicare and Social Security entitlements "play very well" in the Midwest.
In response, Weisman tweeted: "Saying @RashidaTlaib (D-Detroit) and @IlhanMN (D-Minneapolis) are from the Midwest is like saying @RepLloydDoggett (D-Austin) is from Texas or @repjohnlewis (D-Atlanta) is from the Deep South. C’mon."
The implication here is that cities like Minneapolis and Detroit shouldn't be considered part of the Midwest, with their cosmopolitan populations markedly different from the "heartland" stereotype still apparently prevalent among East Coast journalists.
There's also the troubling racial undertone that suggests the "Midwest" and "Deep South" are inherently white, albeit Weisman include white Rep. Lloyd Doggett among his examples.
Weisman backtracked later on Wednesday, posting: "Earlier this morning I tried to make a point about regional differences in politics between urban and rural areas. I deleted the tweets because I realize I did not adequately make my point."
Too late, the damage was done. He had incurred the full, angry force of Minnesota Twitter.
We'd direct your attention to this column by the Star Tribune's Jennifer Brooks, who points out that even Weisman's insinuation about rural Minnesota is wrong, noting that Dakota County is home to Hmong farmers and many a rural city relies upon immigrant labor.
"Your race, your creed, your orientation, your politics, and your Norwegian grandma don’t make you a Minnesotan. Refusing to take the last bite of a pan of bars in the breakroom makes you a Minnesotan. Complete inability to zipper merge makes you a Minnesotan. Living in Minnesota makes you a Minnesotan. Living in the Midwest makes you a Midwesterner.
Of course we shouldn't be surprised that such a miscomprehension about Minnesota has been expelled from the fingers of a NYT employee. We still remember Grape Salad-gate, not to mention its bizarre suggestion for making a Jucy Lucy.