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‘Buzzed’ off?

09/11/2013 2:45 PM

09/11/2013 6:01 PM

"Has the Star been a victim of Buzzkill? Has the Sunday ‘Buzz’ column been dropped?” asked an emailer this morning.

“The Buzz” column was a long-running feature in Sunday’s paper. It was a selection of several quick-hit, usually ultimately trivial bits that had pundits and wonks chattering during the week. It often skewered politicians, pointing out awkward situations they’d gotten themselves into or posing embarrassing questions. The “Buzz” name lives on, but it’s now

Dave Helling and Steve Kraske’s politics blog

, which doesn’t deal in humorous potshots.

“Much like the Daily Show, the Buzz helped shine a light on the (more than) occasional absurdity of politics and governance," wrote my emailer. And I absolutely understand why he enjoyed it. I thought it was often a good read myself.

But I would be lying if I didn’t say that “The Buzz” was one of the biggest generators of complaints that I’ve heard in my many years talking to readers about The Star’s content. While it did tackle people in both major parties, along with some of the more prominent third-partiers and independents, most weeks there wasn’t a strictly mathematical tit-for-tat. One column may have leaned heavier on the right, while the next tackled the left in bigger doses.

But not every reader sees every column. And so it’s perfectly understandable that any single reader might look at an individual edition of the column as evidence of The Star’s bias. And I do hear the many, many readers who told me they didn’t mind it, but that it belonged in the Opinion section.

At the end of the day, editors decided not to run it any longer, and I have to say I haven’t heard a great outcry about that choice.


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