I’m not sure where Governor Kristi Noem is spending this weekend, but last weekend she flew to Beaver Creek—Colorado, not Minnesota—to talk over people’s lunch at the Steamboat Institute‘s Freedom Conference and Festival.
If you’re having trouble sleeping tonight, here, roll the tape:
When she sat down for Q&A after her talk, Governor Noem revealed her secret for dealing with criticism and unpleasant facts: don’t listen to them. Do what she did during the covid pandemic: don’t watch the news!
I understand it was a very scary time, and I think what was interesting was for all of us the weight of the fact that it literally was up to us to decide. I had an amazing executive team that would have debates and discussions with me over every decision I was making, but they all would look at me and tell me I just needed to decide. That was a heavy, heavy responsibility.
In fact, what I did to kind of survive that time, and it was a hard time, was to quit watching the news. I didn’t watch the nightly news.
And then you had all these wonderful friends that feel like they have to call you the next day and say, “Did you see what Elizabeth Warren said about you last night?” No, I’m trying to stay away from what she’s saying about me [Gov. Kristi Noem, response to host question, Steamboat Institute Freedom Conference, Beaver Creek, Colorado, 2023.08.25].
It seems odd that, given all the pointed criticism the Noem Administration has posted against newspeople who have reported unpleasant facts and the poor performance of her administration or who just don’t say what she wants them to say the way she wants them to say it, she claims that she quit watching the news. Someone on the Second Floor is certainly watching the news for what people are saying about the Snow Queen.
But hey: Don’t watch the news, don’t let in any information that might contradict your rationale for your policy decisions—this is what kakistocracy looks like.
Related Rates: Booking a Standard Queen for one August Friday night at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa, site of the Freedom Conference and Festival costs $675. One night in the rustic six-guest camper cabin at Beaver Creek Valley State Park costs $80.