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#Pointergate station owner says Internet lacks credibility

Minnesota Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists

Stanley Hubbard, owner of the TV station that aired a report that accused Minneapolis mayor Betsy Hodges of “flashing a known gang sign,” has defended the station’s bogus story in a letter to the Minnesota Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Hubbard’s letter addresses an earlier statement from Minnesota’s SPJ chapter calling on KTSP to disavow the report, which he says “lacked professional protocol”:

“The SPJ Code of Ethics itself says that a journalist should verify information before releasing it. Had you done so, you would have found that KSTP-TV has not, in this instance or ever, allowed itself to be used by one political group to make points against another political group, however, KSTP-TV will always welcome any credible and corroborated critique of its work.”

The letter also blames commenters on Twitter and elsewhere for misconstruing the original report:

“We know that social media is able to control Internet conversation on any given topic.

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