Letter: KFGO hosts' ethics complaint against Republican legislator may appear politically motivated to some

Clarence F. “Rick” Olson responds to a letter defending the First Amendment rights of Joel Heitkamp and Tyler Axness.

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I would like to respond to the letter, " KFGO hosts are also guaranteed First Amendment rights ," by Donald J. Schmidt.

To answer Schmidt, no I do not think that Tyler Axness and Joel Heitkamp forfeit their rights under the First Amendment because of their jobs.

However, as members of the news media, this puts them in the unique position of being guardians of the public trust, among other things.

When Axness and Heitkamp filed their respective complaints with the state ethics commission against a legislator from Bismarck , it certainly gave the appearance that their actions against Republican state Rep. Jason Dockter could have been politically motivated.

As I pointed out in my recent letter, appearances mean everything.


Clarence F. “Rick” Olson lives in Fargo.

This letter does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Forum's editorial board nor Forum ownership.

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