Pat Powers notices that whackadoodle fundagelical (but not a legitimate ordained pastor) Matthew Monfore was handing around a document at last weekend’s District 30 crackerbarrels that urges people to replace their mainstream media consumption with alternative news sources. Four of the five “real” news outlets Monfore promotes are clearly right-wing propagandists—KOTA Radio’s Matt Smith; Breaunna Sagdal’s poorly functioning and topically scattershot Dakota Leader, Monfore’s own radically bonkers science-denying JesusIsKingMission.com, and the anonymous gutpile of links Dakota Scales.
But fifth and finally, Monfore recommends The Dakota Scout, the independent newspaper launched last September by former Argus Leader reporters Joe Sneve and Jonathan Ellis. Beyond Jonathan Ellis’s occasional covid-crankishness and anti-democracy sentiments, I’m not sure what Monfore finds in The Dakota Scout that helps it make his safe-space reading list for delusional right-wingers.
Maybe I just envy Sneve’s and Ellis’s making Monfore’s cut and my absence from his recommended reading for fundie-radicals—come on, Matthew! Dakota Free Press is both real news (and analysis, and commentary, and good fun!) and a great distillation of the best arguments we true-blue liberals (not the corporate hacks you’re trying to “defund” in the mainstream media, but real liberal idealists) offer against your
hypocrisy insurrection idolatry ideology. Dakota Free Press also points out some of the surprisingly frequent points of agreement between Monfore’s right-wing and those of us on the true small-d democratic left.
But knowing that Trumpnuts mean the opposite of what they say, I think I’d have cause to take offense if Matthew Monfore equated my humble blog as “real news” alongside the right-wing raggery of himself, Smith, Sagdal, and who-jamawigget.
And when a political hack keenly averse to reality deems The Dakota Scout “real”, Sneve, Ellis, and their subscribers might want to discuss just what they’ve done to be included in such unsavory company.