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April 3rd, 2013 — Media
I will be the guest on the Argus Leader’s ’100 Eyes’ show today. 3 PM. Send in your questions.
I will be the guest speaker next Friday at Democratic Forum.
Forum starts at Noon and is held at the VFW, 3601 S. Minnesota Ave.
There is NO CHARGE for attending Forum, but they do pass a hat. They encourage folks from all parties to attend.
TOPICS I WILL BE COVERING
- How I got started blogging
- Editorial Cartoons & the importance of political satire
- Blogging as the ‘New Media’
If time allows:
Stories I have either broke or helped break;
- Heuther VS. Staggers in the mayoral race
- Pat Powers promotional website, SOS Jason Gant, Powers resignation and the AG’s faux investigation
- Royal River Casino’s Sioux Falls Casino Proposal
- Democrats assisting Republican De Knudson in her bid for city council
February 26th, 2013 — Media
I had to chuckle when I saw this. While Stormland-TV railed about online commenters, The Argue Endorser’s own sports reporter doesn’t have a problem with tweeting sexist remarks. Is it funny? Kinda. But silly, just like Stu Whitney. Hey, Stu, 1982 called, they want their haircut back.
February 26th, 2013 — Media
After having to call the GM of KELO last night about the promo’s for the story (racist comments online) I actually think the story went pretty good.
There was ‘some’ stuff left out that I talked about at length with Angela. I told her one of the reasons why people have become so ‘nasty’ is because of their frustration with politicians, and how voters don’t trust them, especially locally. I told her about the emails and phone calls, and even mailed letters I get about how our local city government is treating people. I have actually made several friends because of it.
I also told her that several prominent state politicians and workers, school district employees and city employees comment and frequent my site, as well as prominent attorneys and business owners in the community. They would never come on and comment if they had to use their real names, hence my comment about ‘limiting’ discussion.
As for Vernon, sour grapes as usual. The reason I posted about that mailing and his daughter was because several people were calling me and emailing me (mostly women) about how creepy the P/C was, since his wife wasn’t included on it. I guess he can twist it however he wants to, but I know Vernon has been bitter about a lot of things over the years, Drake Springs Pool, losing mayor, twice, and lastly because I called his butt out on not informing the city they had an embezzler sitting on the audit committee. Which I still believe Vernon was in the wrong on that one, he could have went to the city attorney quietly and taken care of the matter.
Could more accountability make people more polite?
“Take away that ability for someone to post an anonymous comment on your site. It doesn’t add to the discourse. It doesn’t help anyone understand anything. It doesn’t improve anyone’s life. But requiring people to register with a name and an email address at least gives you the chance you’ll get more of a civil discourse,” Cecil said.
As for what Matt said about using real names, I find it unfortunate he is not teaching his students about the reality of ‘new media’ but hey, what do I care, he’s not my professor.
I was interviewed today for a story, I believe it will air Monday night, 10 PM news, ‘Eye on Kelo-land’ about why people are so rude online. Blogs, FB, etc.
I thought the interview went well. Angela also interviewed a journalism professor and a ‘former’ city councilor. I won’t give the story away . . .
February 9th, 2013 — Media
Hey, did you hear the latest? It SNOWS sometimes in South Dakota. Guess what else? Sometimes the wind blows while it is snowing. You know what they call that? A Blizzard. They happen at least a few times a year in South Dakota.
You know what our local TV stations call it? Apocalypse NOW!
I was at the grocery store this morning, and you would have thought there was a half-price sale on beer, bread, eggs and milk. It was packed.
Stormland-TV has successfully scared people . . . again. And the only businesses benefitting are grocery stores.
Here’s the deal people. Have fun, go out tonight, according to Stormland-TV it may be the last time you can do so. So business as usual until the snowflakes start to fall and ignore the Senior Citizen Horror Channel. When it gets bad, take the 5-10 minute drive to your home or apartment in Sioux Falls and relax by the fire.
I received a copy of this letter a few days ago. I decided not to post it until now, because I wondered if our local media was going to report it. Besides being sent to AL‘s managing editor, Patrick Lalley, I understand it has also been emailed to KELO-TV. Hey, I am not the news media, but I cannot fathom why they would sit on this letter for over 3 weeks and say nothing of it’s existance. You would think a citizen who has successfully sued the city and beat them in circuit and state supreme court threatens to sue you over other constitutional violations, you would jump. Well, I can kind of understand why the city has been silent, because of legal ramafications, but why has our local media?
This letter is why I asked the question of councilman Staggers this morning about violating city ordinance.
What did I say about our local media being handed stories on a silver platter and doing nothing with them? One more example. The other part that bothers me is the AL constantly getting on the soapbox about free speech and open records and transparency, and when a citizen threatens to sue the city over these very things, they zip their lips, nothing to see here, move along. We have already determined our city council consists of cowards and now we see our local media isn’t very far behind them in that assessment.
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I wear a helmet to protect my brain from FACTS.
The interview Lalley conducted with Councilman Staggers today was laughable at best. I suggest that Lalley schools himself on all things city government before he conducts any more interviews with city officials.
Here’s a few highlights from the ‘Morning Conversation’
- Staggers defends public input in the regular council meetings after Lalley suggests we have ‘special meetings’ for big topics. Staggers points out why this is a bad idea because public input needs to take place at the time of the vote. And if that takes 3 hours, so be it. I also asked Staggers in the comments section, if he thinks the city council violated city ordinance by limiting public input time. He walked a pretty fine line when he answered the question, he didn’t go as far to say that they did, but he did defend public testimony and said that it should not be limited in the future. Lalley seemed to think different topics needed different amounts of time, then he goes into some weird rant about limiting public input because it had to do with Theresa Stehly. WTH does that have to do with anything?
- While we are on snowgates, Staggers was talking about city debt and bonding for special interests after a commenter asked about bonding. Staggers was quick to point out how the city needs to spend more money on capital projects, like snowgates, instead of special interest and recreational projects, because snowgates would benefit most residents in Sioux Falls. Of course, Lalley couldn’t resist to refute Staggers with some really bad math. First he said that it wouldn’t help most residents because only 5% of the total population of SF owns homes with driveways in Sioux Falls. Staggers kind of laughed at such a notion, and Lalley says, “I will email it to you!” Staggers was quick to point out that you don’t need to be a homeowner to benefit from snowgates, because it would clean out driveways of businesses and apartment buildings as well as clear intersections. But Lalley just couldn’t drop it and said it wasn’t about snow removal it was about SHOVELING.
- And just when Lalley couldn’t look any more ignorant, he blames the $400 million dollar debt MOSTLY on the Events Center. Not to defend that pointless project, but that is only about 25% of our debt, Lewis & Clark also racked up $70 million (for a pipeline we did not need) So where did the other $100-200 million come from? As Staggers points out, all of these special interest projects. Lalley then mutters something about sewer pipes. Hey Pat, if you were paying attention at all when the city raised our water rates you will find that those repairs come from rates and enterprise funds now.
I have a suggestion for Lalley if he is going to do a daily media program. Stick to asking questions and leave the editorializing to your boss. You just look stupid when you say stupid things.
Argue Endorser takes my advice (after 2 years of chiding them) and builds an actual video recording studio
Had to chuckle, yesterday on AL’s ’100 Eyes’ show, (un)managing editor, Patrick Lalley announced that they finally built a real recording studio (even though it looks like the old one) and they will be doing a daily ’100 Eyes’ show for their 25 viewers.