Governor Kristi Noem is unhappy that her “kid in a candy store” budget didn’t make the front page of Wednesday’s edition of the Sioux Falls Argus Leader. Of course, practically, with South Dakota’s largest daily now being printed in Des Moines, there’s no way that reporters could process a speech given and documents released at 1 p.m. Tuesday, draft solid reports, and get those texts to Des Moines in time for the printers to roll and the trucks deliver papers for Wednesday morning delivery.
But Kristi Noem isn’t going to let practicality stand in the way of taking a gratuitous shot at the press to continue the Republican war on journalism:
Never mind the sheer pettiness of grousing that she didn’t get her face on the front page again. The bigger problem is that Noem ignores the fact that the Argus reporters are giving the proposed budget all sorts of coverage, including live tweets:
Journalist Chuck Raasch notes that if Noem wanted to be on Wednesday’s front page, an attentive communications team could have made that happen. But Team Noem either failed to think of giving the Argus and other time-strapped publications embargoed advance copies of her speech and budget slides or just wanted to manufacture grounds for a snark tweet to twist the knife on local businesses that can’t afford to maintain production operations and jobs in South Dakota.
Hmmm… maybe the real headline isn’t “Governor Cries About Lack of Front-Page Attention” or “Governor Obsessed with Obsolete Technology, Ignores Online Coverage.” Maybe the real headline is, “Governor Creates Negative Business Climate for Newspapers, Drives Jobs Out of State, Erodes Democracy by Weakening Public Access to and Confidence in Journalism.” (As usual, the real story, the thing we need to talk most deeply about, makes for too long of an effective headline.)
Related Skimming: My news input is entirely electronic, so the location of printing presses should have no effect on my level of information. But when I check the Argus homepage this morning, I get a banner ad, five sport stories, and no above the scroll budget news:
Would Governor Noem like to join me in critiquing the exaggerated importance of sport in the popular press?