A screenshot of the Argus Leader main page at 10 AM, June 26, 2018.

I know, you are probably laughing at me right now. We have known for awhile that if Sanford isn’t doing it in Sioux Falls, it’s not worth reporting. But really, why would someone pay for an online subscription to the AL to just read about whatever news stories Sanford is feeding them (and probably paying them) for?

Ever since Stormland-TV’s only investigative reporter has been on personal leave, there seems to be NO controversial stories coming from them either. For instance, ‘Why did the trail derailment occur in Doon? Who’s at fault?’ Notice NO one in the local media has asked that question or been given an answer. Is journalism that difficult?

I know some make fun of siouxfalls.business for basically getting paid to write positive business stories about businesses, but #1, Jodi doesn’t hide the fact of what she does, and #2, how is she any different than our supposed unbiased local media? I don’t think the separation is that wide, except for the fact one is being honest about what they do.

11 Thoughts on “Has Sanford taken over our local media?

  1. Any word on when that leave ends?

  2. l3wis on June 26, 2018 at 1:18 pm said:

    I asked that question to someone over the weekend. No one is sure. She may never return. I hope that is NOT the case.

  3. Lincoln County Delegate on June 26, 2018 at 1:27 pm said:

    I’ve seen the Argus do this before when they have a big story on a business or organization. I believe they boost similar older stories when they have a new one. I’ve seen old Gear Up stories pop-up underneath when they report on a development in the scandal.

  4. You are expecting to much. Listen, only the Feds investigate a building collapse, a health care system is allowed to have a liquor license so they can facilitate the spread of alcoholism, a disease, and Republicans are allowed to jump ship and market themselves as “Democrats.”

    But speaking exclusively of journalism and Sanford, shouldn’t have Krabbenhoft’s recent comment on KELO, where he said that Sanford wasn’t “profiting enough” from their health care system, have been enough for many to ask, what? Where was the local media when the head of a non profit suggested that their true mission was profit?…. For remember, the next time we all hate to see our deductibles and premiums go up, then just ask yourself why does Avera have a waterfall on Cliff and Sanford a liquor license?

  5. Raul on June 26, 2018 at 2:37 pm said:

    the Cory Myers Era is alive & not-so-well. The death of David Kranz was a reminder of how different things are at the Argus Leader now compared to not all that long ago. It’s a damn shame.

  6. Their site is already nearly unusable as it is. There are so many forced popups and tracking bots on it, that it makes it a frustrating experience to browse that site. I have the full gamut of ad blockers and it still sucks.

  7. l3wis on June 26, 2018 at 8:08 pm said:

    Jon, their website is the biggest POS I have ever experienced. Multiple surveys, ads, video ads, etc before you can even get to the story. It F’ing sucks! Than they want to charge for it? WTF?! If you are charging me to read online content, there should be ZERO advertising, or at least minimal. Not sure what ‘product’ the AL is selling, but I would have better luck selling lemonade on a floating glacier in Greenland.

  8. And this is a shock? The city will be called Sanford Falls next year.

  9. Warren Phear on June 26, 2018 at 8:48 pm said:

    I have been reading the argus the early 60’s as a kid. Have been paying my own way to read it since 1972 when I came home from the military. I liked Kranz and a whole lot of others to boot. I like their direction under Ellis and Sneve. But…I know a con job when I see it. This school bond thing. If the Argus continues with their “it’s only $24 a year” BS, I am done. I was born at night, but not last night.

  10. D@ily Spin on June 26, 2018 at 10:57 pm said:

    There’s actually a ‘Fake News’ here. Sanford has capitalized on Baby Boomers. He recognized they could be overcharged for health care as they aged. Now, he’s into old age homes. Next, it will be funeral parlors. I expect he’ll buy the Argus and turn it into ‘Obituaries Daily’. Isn’t that what it is now?

  11. i12doit on June 27, 2018 at 6:29 am said:

    The Statute of Denny Sanford in front of Sioux Valley Hospital…. Just what is his hand sticking out for. He looks to be taking, not giving.

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