Dakota War College Is Not.
When a blogger is more interested in winning cash from candidates than in reporting the news, it's time to read a new blog.
I said Sunday that receiving thousands of dollars from U.S. Senate candidate Marion Michael Rounds seriously compromises the credibility of Pat Powers's Dakota War College blog (that, and a general lack of quality, creativity, and openness to critical comments). Powers responds by bragging about his appearance on Rounds's FEC report and begging for more.
For further proof that DWC is a Rounds-free-pass zone, consider the silence of "South Dakota's #1 Political Web Site" on South Dakota's #1 political story of the month. The Governor's Office of Economic Development is under state and federal investigation for financial misconduct. The investigation may touch on GOED activities under Governor Rounds and his economic development man Richard Benda, who was found shot dead last week.
The feds don't investigate South Dakota government agencies every day. Nor are former state officials found shot dead every day. Yet since Benda's death, Purported journalist Pat Powers has run just one post on Benda, the press release from Governor Daugaard on the death. Powers has not written anything I can recall about the Northern Beef Packers bankruptcy, the Veblen dairy bankruptcy, or the EB-5 visa program, all of which could be a big part of any investigation of GOED activities under Rounds and Benda.
And in the 16-some hours since Governor Dennis Daugaard announced the GOED investigation, Dakota War College has said nothing about the story.
Pat's home, he's blogging, but he considers the following articles more newsworthy:
- A press release from Noem saying she actually attended a committee meeting (nice change of pace for her), with no original commentary;
- A Facebook post from John Thune saying he'd be on TV this morning, with no original commentary;
- A large quote from the Mitchell Daily Republic about the all important School and Public Lands race, with no original commentary;
- A large quote from conservative lie factory CNS News propagandizing about the ACA, with one line of commentary;
- A press release from Nielson Brothers Polling, with one line of faint introductory commentary; and
- 69th birthday wishes to Rep. Hal Wick.
On a story with potentially huge political implications, Powers can't even bring himself to write what the Governor said... which is what Powers does in lots of posts, anyway.
Pardon me for marketing, but if you want to read about South Dakota's #1 political stories, you're not reading Dakota War College. If you want South Dakota's #1 Political Web Site, you're on it right now.
Thank you for reading the Madville Times. While Pat keeps working for political customers, I'll keep working to earn your trust and keep you informed about things that matter to South Dakota.
Update 12:00 CDT: In total cheeseballery, Powers writes one more post today, claiming he's really busy, throwing up some lengthy Halloween fluff, and adding a pitch for his Dakota Campaign Store. Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain....