|South Dakota Politics
A University of South Dakota law student's blog dedicated primarily to shining light (either a harsh, unyielding spotlight or a soft, warm glow) on figures and institutions in South Dakota.
Saturday, June 21, 2003
John Hinderaker, a Minnesota blogger and Watertown, SD native, piles on with further scrutiny of Argus Leader bias. Oh, by the way, dear readers, just in case you missed it, did you see that Instapundit and Hobbs Online have taken notice of bias at the Argus Leader? For readers who have arrived at SDP via these righteous bloggers, further scrutiny of Argus Leader bias can be found at Sibby Online and Inside South Dakota.
posted by Jason | 1:21 PM
Jeff Gannon of Talon News delivers another stellar report on bias at the Argus Leader. Gannon's report is on a recent talk radio interview of Argus Leader executive editor Randell Beck. Excerpt:
posted by Jason | 1:02 PM
It's amazing what happens when you're unable to access the internet for a few days. I just found out now, almost 24 hours after the fact, that Bill Hobbs of Hobbs Online has taken note of my scrutiny of the Argus Leader. And it gets better. The blogfather, Professor Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit, has picked up the story. I'm still reeling from these developments. More later as I examine the ramifications of this great development.posted by Jason | 12:31 PM
Thursday, June 19, 2003
In an uninterrupted half-hour screed on Greg Belfrage's radio show yesterday, Argus Leader executive editor Randell Beck often mischaracterized the arguments of those scrutinizing the bias of political reporter David Kranz. I don't want to see articles in the Argus Leader everyday about Linda Daschle's lobbying, which Beck claims is what we want. I just want it reported on when it becomes relevant, something we have rarely seen through the years. I don't think it's a bad thing that David Kranz and Tom Daschle worked together on a mock Democratic convention while at South Dakota State University, which is also a claim Beck makes. I just think that it's interesting background information in light of David Kranz's blatant Democratic bias.
Tuesday, June 17, 2003
Randell Beck, executive editor of the Argus Leader, says that the following sentence, printed in an AP report (seen in a post below), was "inappropriate to to print in the Argus Leader."
Ostensibly, this was inappropriate to print in light of the fact that Linda Daschle does not work on military issues for Boeing, a client of her lobbying firm. Since this was inappropriate to print, the following paragraph, written by David Kranz on February 9, 2003, was also inappropriate to print:
This paragraph was inappropriate to print because John Thune does not lobby for PhRMA, a client of Thune's lobbying firm, although it is implied in the paragraph. Clearly, a double-standard is at play here. Intellectual honesty requires a correction from the Argus Leader.
posted by Jason | 8:56 PM
Jeff Gannon of Talon News discovers further evidence of the intimate relationship through the years between the Argus Leader and the South Dakota Democratic Party, particularly in regard to political reporter David Kranz. Excerpt:
posted by Jason | 8:29 PM
Monday, June 16, 2003
KRANZ WATCH: On February 9, 2003, David Kranz, the dean of South Dakota political reporters, wrote the following sentences (I've talked about this before, but stay with me, it gets good at the end):
John Thune does not lobby for PhRMA, the "pharmaceutical trade group" Kranz mentions. But clearly, it didn't matter to David Kranz that John Thune has nothing to do with lobbying for the "pharmaceutical industry trade group." It was enough to merely say that the firm Thune works for has a client that fought against adding a prescription drug benefit to Medicare, and to cite an AP story that said so (there is some question whether the AP story Kranz cites actually says this, as I related in my post on February 9, 2003). Consequently, people are free to make the inference that Thune actively lobbies against a prescription drug benefit, and we see letters to the editor in the Argus Leader which make that claim almost daily. And of course the Democratic Party will run ads critical of Thune, should he decide to run against Daschle, citing the above paragraphs written by David Kranz for the Argus Leader.
Now I invite you to read through an AP story on Linda Daschle that appeared for a few hours and then vanished, to be replaced by a story about the correction to a story in the New York Times regarding Linda Daschle and Boeing, one of her lobbying firm's clients. The entire vanished story, as well as the correction in the New York Times, can be seen if you scroll down several posts, and I will excerpt a key portion here:
The above sentence is entirely true, but is subject to the clarification that Linda Daschle does not work on military issues when she lobbies for Boeing. Similarly, David Kranz's assertion above, while entirely true, is subject to the clarification that John Thune does not work on pharmaceutical industry issues. However, no such clarification was made, and it has yet to be made. Since Argus Leader executive editor Randell Beck is concerned about "fanatics" with a "slavish devotion a political ideology" not letting the facts get in the way of a good story, perhaps he should look to David Kranz's contribution cited above. I'm waiting for a correction to Kranz's February 9, 2003 story, similar to the correction by the New York Times, to appear in a coming edition of the Argus Leader. posted by Jason | 7:21 PM
Christine Iverson, John Thune's spokeswoman during last year's Senate campaign, has been hired as the RNC's new press secretary.posted by Jason | 6:05 PM
From yesterday's NY Times, discussing the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial: 2 Centuries Later, a Moment for Indians to Retell the Past. Excerpt:
posted by Jason | 5:34 PM
Sunday, June 15, 2003
Argus Leader executive editor Randell Beck responds to Talon News reporter Jeff Gannon, and also to the South Dakota blogosphere in general. Beck's piece is unserious about a serious topic, namely the issue of bias in the press. It is not happy news to learn that Beck does not handle identified shortcomings in the Argus Leader particularly well.