Oh, that darned liberal media!
The Aberdeen American News weighs in on Rep. Al Novstrup’s unapologetic peddling of false rumor about Sharia Law in Dearborn, Michigan. After reviewing Rep. Novstrup’s interview with Zoe Chace on last weekend’s This American Life, the Aberdeen editorial board says Rep. Novstrup’s Sharia claim, like much of the material presented in the Ron Branstner Klan meeting at which Novstrup was interviewed, brings shame on our fair city:
It’s fake. It’s as fake as so many Branstner PowerPoint slides.
But it has fooled enough people — even longtime, elected officials such as Novstrup — who are looking for reasons, even fake ones, to be outraged.
Aberdeen does not come off well for the national audience. We sound small, scared and uninformed.
That is not the Aberdeen or South Dakota most of us know.
As we have noted in this space before, the conversation about refugee resettlement is important to have. But it has to come from a place of fact, not fear.
The next time the national media visits Aberdeen, let’s be ready to share a story of learning and growing, of informed, intelligent citizens.
That would be worth tuning in for [editorial, “On Refugees, Aberdeen Fails in National Spotlight,” Aberdeen American News, 2016.11.02].
Thank you, editors, for speaking the truth. Now, how about getting Rep. Novstrup on the record with his retraction and apology for spreading false information?