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Move to cancel U film's airing draws backlash

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  • U delays debut of film on Mississippi River pollution
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  • The documentary on farming and river pollution was criticized as unfair, but backers disagree.
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Tom Meersman, Minneapolis Star Tribune | MN

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Paul Oman

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The executive producer of a documentary about farming, pollution and the Mississippi River said Monday that the University of Minnesota made a rash mistake in canceling its broadcast on public television.

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Barbara Coffin, head of the film unit at the U's Bell Museum of Natural History, spoke for the first time about what she called "our messy internal confusion."

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U delays debut of film on Mississippi River pollution, Minnesota Daily

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(University vice president of relations Karen Himle, who canceled the airing) lists her husband’s public relations firm, Himle Horner Inc.,  as an outside source of income on her University-required conflict of interest form. The company has represented the Minnesota Agri-Growth Council,  which lobbies for agribusiness. (Ed note: Himle's husband has an affiliation with big agribusiness as well as candidate Tom Horner.)

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