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Letter: Why not profile a journalist with integrity?

It is sad for North Dakota journalism that The Forum devoted a large part of its limited news hole Saturday to praising its right wing blogger Rob Port. I very much liked Port the one time we met, but he must take responsibility for self-righteou...

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It is sad for North Dakota journalism that The Forum devoted a large part of its limited news hole Saturday to praising its right wing blogger Rob Port . I very much liked Port the one time we met, but he must take responsibility for self-righteously eschewing journalistic professionalism and dedication to balance, while he takes endless cheap shots at the few liberals remaining in North Dakota, with no concern for balance and pursuit of truth.

We liberals just aren't powerful or vocal enough to deserve his wrath. The Forum's coverage of Port could instead have been devoted to real news and commentary with value to the community.

Forum Communication would never give such extensive coverage to its own excellent professional and credible editors and reporters, who work daily to gather the news in a fair and balanced manner. Good journalists don't need to be praised but get satisfaction from informing readers.

If legitimate reporters or editors such as those who serve you in this publication fail to be accurate, responsible or fair, they risk losing their jobs. Since Port works out of his parent's house with no clear job, or academic preparation, he risks nothing by reporting what he wants to report, while ignoring news that doesn't fit his narrow right- wing ideology and agenda. Port is intelligent and has great communication skills, so it is unfortunate that he uses them to serve right wing extremism that mostly serves the wealthy by deluding the poor and powerless with their rhetoric.

Port is a difficult target because, like President Trump, he invents conspiracies and relies on his own opinions to form his messages. There are few challengers to Port from the liberal side, because liberals in North Dakota are not as dedicated to invention, fabrication and character attacks that Port and his conservative talk show colleagues profit from. Port upholds populist ideology that currently includes climate change denial, addiction to guns, obstruction of rights for minorities and women, voter suppression, denial of health care benefits to the poor, persecution of immigrants, and empowerment of one religion.

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I suspect this will change in a decade or so as the political power of conservative and aging white males, that now dominates in North Dakota, diminishes by attrition, and a more progressive dynamic replaces it for the better.

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