Coverage of the Democratic National Convention announcement

  • Article by: SUSAN HOGAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 1, 2011 - 2:12 PM
U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn.

U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn.

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The Charlotte Observer splashed the news that the North Carolina city would be the site of the 2012 Democratic National Convention across its website this morning.

It also followed how the losing cities – Minneapolis, St. Louis and Cleveland - were taking the defeat.

Minnesota Nice? Nope. In the Observer's eyes, Minnesotans seemed like sore losers (in coverage posted by 1 p.m. today).

"A Minnesota congressman says Minneapolis, and not Charlotte, would have been a smarter pick for the DNC,” the newspaper reported.

 It served up U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison as Exhibit A.

"Charlotte’s a good place, so congratulations to them,” Ellison was quoted as saying (to the Star Tribune). But it would be been “smarter” for Democrats to come to the Minneapolis, he said.

"You’ve got the entire Midwest,” he said.

Hmm. If Minnesota represents “the entire Midwest,” does North Carolina represent “the entire South”? Is that a bad thing?

And what about the Show-Me State?

 “Somber and disappointment is in the air in St. Louis ….” the Observer reported. (The bad grammar was the newspapers’ and not Missourians.)

Missourians came off as more gracious in defeat.

The paper reported that the chairman of St. Louis Democrats, “said today’s DNC announcement was not the news officials wanted to hear, but he offered sincere congratulations to Charlotte …”

Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak wasn’t quoted as offering kudos to Charlotte.

Rybak “vowed the city would continue competing for such events in the future,” the paper said, quoting from the Star Tribune.

Meanwhile, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that “the decision may have come down to politics.”

How so?

"While St. Louis showcased its facilities and civic ardor, North Carolina is viewed as key to Obama’s chances to return to the White House,” the paper reported.

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