The Star Tribune was attacked by vandals who deployed an explosive against the newspaper’s Heritage Printing Facility in Minneapolis Tuesday morning.
The printing plant was targeted by vandals who used paint and a “makeshift explosive” to launch an attack near the visitor entrance of the facility, according to the Tribune’s chief marketing officer and senior vice president of circulation, Steve Yaeger. What the paper didn’t mention, however, is that the attackers were apparently leftists.
The Tribune’s report on its own attack only specified that the vandals painted statements “derogatory to the Star Tribune,” without mentioning that they accused the outlet of perpetrating a “cover up” of the Winston Smith story.
Smith died in the Uptown neighborhood on June 3 after he shot at a U.S. Marshals task force that was attempting to arrest him on felony gun charges, according to the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. He was also known for his anti-police rhetoric, having called for “shooters” to bring guns, bombs and “rocket launchers” to protests. He also directed his followers to rain gunfire on police from the rooftops and published plans for a “war” that involved sabotage and schemes to hide fugitives.
Since his passing, some left-wing extremists have accused the media, including the left-of-center Star Tribune, of covering up what they think is the real story: that Winston Smith was assassinated. This sentiment was reflected in the graffiti left on the paper’s building.
Interest in Winston Smith’s case was recently reignited after it was announced Monday that no members of the U.S. Marshals task force will be charged in relation to his killing. This choice was based on the fact that Smith shot first, prompting the marshals to deploy deadly force.
The Star Tribune told Alpha News it has “nothing more to add than what was already reported.”