Why did Senator Al Novstrup (R-3/Aberdeen) praise rookie Representative Kaleb Weis (R-2?Aberdeen) but ridicule his District 3 counterpart rookie Representative Carl Perry (R-3/Aberdeen) at Saturday’s Aberdeen crackerbarrel?
Maybe it was because Rep. Weis didn’t say much, while Rep. Perry capped off a rich battery of statistics and policy commentary with this unsolicited statement that Aberdeen’s liberal blog provides a valuable public service:
That was so unexpected, it made the Dakota Free Press camera jump!
Representative Perry’s opening lines had me thinking he’d timewarped to Sunday church and was offering a benediction. But then he said this about independent journalism:
For Cory over here, you know, filming and doing what he does… uh, once in a while, Cory can even be controversial—I don’t know if you knew that—but here’s the facts: he is holding people accountable for things and that’s good [Rep. Carl Perry, closing remarks at Aberdeen crackerbarrel, 2019.01.26].
I’ll be darned: a South Dakota Republican legislator who’s into transparency and who says a controversial liberal blog can be useful in holding legislators accountable. Thank you, Representative Perry, or recognizing the value of the free press.
Now maybe I can get Representative Perry to amend House Bill 1074 to properly include bloggers in Jon Hansen’s proposed journalist shield law.