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Fake-Preacher Monfore Includes Dakota Scout on Right-Wing Radical Reading List

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, 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.


  1. grudznick 2023-02-28 18:40

    Those Dakota Scout fellows, who blog in a non-blogging way but do actually publish a newspaper so maybe they are journalists, are libbier than most. This Monfore fellow must be a real wingnutty fellow.

  2. larry kurtz 2023-02-28 18:49

    Mrs. Powers calling anyone a whackadoodle is pot meeting crack but we could start a fire in the kiva with a subscription to Dakota Scout.

  3. grudznick 2023-02-28 21:00

    It does seem like these Dakota Scout fellows are out working, harder than most, any of the other “media” outlets on the internets. They seem to double team anything more than Mr. H or Mr. PP might do, and they bust it out faster than most. They may not be personable or swell fellows, but you cannot say they do not work harder, so I sure hope they have become the highest earning bloggers in South Dakota.

    I bet they have become the richest bloggers in South Dakota, and good for them. Young fellows who work hard are destined to eat well.

  4. Mark Anderson 2023-02-28 21:11

    Why Cory, I’m a member of Universal Life Ministries. I’ve performed two weddings. Fine weddings too. My ministry cost me 40 big ones. Praise the lord.

  5. Patrick M Ginsbach 2023-02-28 21:57

    Matt Monfore’s grandfather was a State Senator from Fall River County in the 1970’s and 1980’s. Well respected rancher. In 1972, when he was campaigning for the State Senate, he would knock on your door, introduce himself, ask you who you supported for President. If you said, Senator McGovern, he would pull McGovern for President brochure from his left hip pocket and say, “Me too, put her there partner.” If you said Richard Nixon, he pulled a brochure from his right hip pocket, and would say, “Me too, put her there partner.” After the 1991 legislative gerry mandering there have been no more Democrats elected from District 30. Now we get the likes of Senator Frye Mueller.

  6. grudznick 2023-02-28 22:42

    Mr. Anderson, Pastor grudznick has not seen you at the meetings, and that’s because they revoked my membership last year when Lar slipped during an interview and mentioned my ostensible Satanism.

    Still…probably about the same, ostensible Satanism or the witchery others have floated.

  7. Jeff Barth 2023-03-01 13:37

    Good for Dakota Scout.
    They are working hard.

  8. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2023-03-01 17:49

    Mark, if you jump into politics and brand yourself as a pastor, I will give you the same critical editorial treatment as I give to Monfore.

  9. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2023-03-01 17:49

    Jeff, I get the impression Dakota Scout is doing good work, but is it really good for them to have radicals like Monfore listing them alongside blatant right-wing/theocratic propaganda as “real news”?

  10. larry kurtz 2023-03-01 18:21

    In my home state media can get closer to Earth haters if the news is favorable to that caucus but if outlets cozy up to Democrats they’re ruled out as mainstream or worse. Bob Mercer learned that long ago and journalist turnover remains high because few wish to bend the knee like Bob does. When Mercer writes a hard hitting story it will probably be his last.

  11. Erica Douglas 2023-03-03 17:58

    I respect Matthew Monfore. I agree with him that the Dakota Scout is a good publication.

  12. larry kurtz 2023-03-05 06:07

    Paul of Tarsus was hung over and had been smoking opium when he was overcome with it. Jesus of Nazareth was tempted by it in the desert after fasting. The Prophet Muhammad is believed to have enjoyed hashish. Joseph Smith was 18, drunkenly praying that God would forgive him for sins of debauchery when he got it. Wovoka witnessed a solar eclipse on peyote that compelled a generation of Ghost Dancers. As a result of ingesting psychoactive fungi Heȟáka Sápa or Nicholas Black Elk rejected catholicism and returned to Lakota ways after he realized the Roman Church was committing crimes against his people.

    Metanoia, visions, angels, the Holy Spirit–God’s work on Earth, right?

    Maybe it’s all in your head.

    Today, the goal of the New Apostolic Reformation, cult member Ginni Thomas, the Council for National Policy and others in the Republican Party is to use the packed Supreme Court of the United States to undo constitutional rights. Dominion theology proposes that christians must control the seven “mountains” of government, education, media, arts and entertainment, religion, family, and business in order to establish a global christian theocracy and prepare the world for Jesus’ return.

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