Blogger Bartel Runs Into Trouble at Couric 'Listening Session'

july 13, 2006  10:21 am
The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that Matt Bartel was invited to Katie Couric's town meeting despite a ban on media, because the local CBS affiliate that organized the event "apparently didn't recognize the name Bartel (ubiquitous in Twin Cities publishing circles)." AAN members may be familiar with Matt's uncle, City Pages Publisher Mark Bartel, or his parents Tom Bartel and Kris Henning, who co-founded City Pages as well as its competitor, The Rake. After learning that Matt Bartel had a blog, staffers confiscated his pen, but he reports that he wouldn't have used it anyway. "I didn't get anything out of it, which is exactly what the evening news is," Bartel says.