January 15, 2005 10:37 AM   Subscribe

TCF bank dooces The Star Tribune, pulling all their ads from the paper after A Star Tribune columnist posts a negative column about a TCF exec's blog .
posted by drezdn (16 comments total)
TCF CEO Bill Cooper asserted that he'd never even heard of the Power Line blog before the honor from Time (blog of the year).... Cooper, the former head of the state Republican Party.

posted by Arch Stanton at 11:16 AM on January 15, 2005

Just another example of the New Internet Media versus the Old Corporate Media....

no, wait...
posted by wendell at 12:09 PM on January 15, 2005

And watch TCF's share price drop on the news that they've voluntarily stopped advertising in the regional paper of record.

posted by nathan_teske at 12:24 PM on January 15, 2005

nathan_teske: I think you called it (3 month stock price chart).
posted by stopgap at 1:49 PM on January 15, 2005

The GOP people think that the Star Tribune (the Red Star) is a liberal rag and have complete disdain for it, but financially it makes no sense whatsoever to make a stand against the largest media outlet in the state over such a small issue. Secondly, it makes even less sense for a CEO of a major company to shape policy decisions that affects a thousand employees over a personal grudge as well.
posted by Arch Stanton at 3:28 PM on January 15, 2005

Arch, one might suggest that Cooper's actions even open the door to shareholder lawsuits. Anybody here own any shares?
posted by billsaysthis at 5:47 PM on January 15, 2005

What's ironic is that Cooper effectively hoisted his own petard: Coleman suggested that people stop banking with TCF because of perceived radical republican associations. Cooper's reaction has gone a long way in reinforcing that perception.

Oh well. I guess somebody has to buy ads in the Pioneer Press.
posted by nathan_teske at 6:03 PM on January 15, 2005

TCF is evil. I've never dealt with a worse bank than them.
posted by shawnj at 7:27 PM on January 15, 2005


Dooce bags, actually.

Pronunciation: 'düs bag
Function: noun

Any person or entity who acts vindictively against an employee or client as a reaction to their exercising their right to free speech.
posted by Ayn Marx at 8:07 PM on January 15, 2005

Powerlineblog is a GOP shill blog with a vendetta against the Tribune's columnist for not loving Bush enough.
posted by owillis at 8:27 PM on January 15, 2005

Strib has run critical articles directly about TCF in the past...awfully thin-skinned for them to suddenly pull their ads over a blog.
posted by gimonca at 9:01 PM on January 15, 2005

I realize that this is just me "AOL!"-ing myself, but I gotta say, that Nick Coleman peeled the paint off the walls of my computer. That kind of writing just makes me all warm and fuzzy inside.
posted by intermod at 9:34 PM on January 15, 2005

All the characters in this play make me sick. Coleman has it in for the blog world in general, not just the right-wing-mouthpiece-repeater blogs. Coleman has written articles on blogging in the past, dismissing it out of hand. He displays the arrogance and fear of most journalists who see their profession slowly being reduced to a non-paying hobby.
posted by MillMan at 10:22 PM on January 15, 2005

TCF is a horseshit bank that preys on low to moderate income people - with their high overdraft fees etc. cooper is scumbag - powerline sucks - minnesota, minnetonka, even edina went for kerry - tcf and the powerline clownies should move to houston to be among their white sheet and cone hat clad brothers.
posted by specialk420 at 10:41 PM on January 15, 2005

That's somewhat impressive for Edina and Minnetonka for that matter. There's an idea that they're all "cake-eaters" here in the city. But then, we tend to think that of any suburb regardless of the actual reality of the matter.
posted by taursir at 12:13 PM on January 16, 2005

The funny thing is - regardless of the rest of Nick Coleman's article, he points out that Scott Johnson is blogging on the TCF clock. Of course he's salaried so it doesn't make all that much difference, but if you look at the times of his posts in October -- he posts as much as 3 or 4 times a day in mid-morning and afternoon. So TCF pulled their advertising to punish the Strib for publishing... the truth. Stupid, stupid, stupid.

Norwegianity is proposing a TCF boycott. Not a bad idea if you don't want your money supporting extreme right-wing ideaology.
posted by Dok Millennium at 12:50 PM on January 17, 2005

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