The Star Tribune is offering “a gift for graduates,” as editorial editor and vice president Scott Gillespie put it in his daily newsletter yesterday (link omitted): “The Star Tribune is offering every high school grad in the state a free one-year subscription. Use this link to sign up for the subscription, which will not automatically renew. Congrats and good reading, graduates.”
Woo hoo! It’s got a good sports section. I’ll give them that much.
Steve Grove is the new publisher of the Star Tribune. Most recently, Grove served as a commissioner in the “let’s go crazy” administration of Minnesota Governor Tim Walz. This must be Grove’s project (see tweet below). I assume he wants to wean the kids from social media and get them kids hooked on the MSM while they’re still impressionable.
Seeing Grove’s come-on yesterday, I thought of the Trojan priest Laocoön’s famous warning in Book II of Vergil’s Aeneid: “Timeo Danaos et dona ferentes.” In English: “I fear the Greeks even bearing gifts.” On second thought this morning, I’m thinking of the line from the Steppenwolf tune: “God damn the pusher man” (that’s a joke). And this one, from the Waylon and Willie hit (slightly adapted): “Mama, don’t let your babies grow up to be [Star Tribune readers].”
Congratulations to all Minnesota high school graduates! 🎓🎓🎓
As a gift to every single 2023 high school grad in Minnesota, the @StarTribune is offering a FREE 1-year subscription. No strings attached; no payment info needed.
— Steve Grove (@grove) June 7, 2023