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Mote, Plank: Powers Chides Hult for Factual Reporting on Temp Arrest

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This morning's review of Dakota War College finds Pat Powers wallowing in blogospherical inferiority and hypocrisy again.

Powers finds it useful to mock that Sioux Falls paper for not making a headline out of where Sioux Falls police found a suspected killer. Over John Hult's straightforward journalism on the arrest of Arthur L. Brundige for the murder of Sabrina White, some copy desk editor (quite possibly out of state at Gannett Central) places the headline, "Homeless Sex Offender Charged in Woman's Murder." Powers slobbers over the fact, reported by Hult, that the suspect was found by police working at the newspaper Wednesday stuffing ads in the Thanksgiving edition. The suspect "was not an Argus Leader employee," notes Hult, but was a temp hired by Labor Ready.

Powers smirks that Hult and the headline "minimize the fact he was physically working at the Argus" and "throw Labor Ready under the bus." Powers appears confused: there is no bus-throwing here, just an accurate reporting of the facts.

This is the same Powers who minimizes the fact that he himself was physically working in the Secretary of State's office while maintaining a business and website engaging in partisan activities that represented a conflict of interest with his job helping to manage elections. This is the same Pat Powers who never blanched at Mike Rounds's minimization and outright misrepresentation of his employerly responsibility for EB-5 czar Joop Bollen. Mike Rounds actually knew about and approved of the plan through which Bollen broke multiple state laws and policies and defrauded the state of millions of dollars, then tried to shirk responsibility for those activities off on the Board of Regents. In fact, while controversy raged during the Senate campaign over Rounds's involvement with Bollen's exploitation of the EB-5 program and mismanagement of Northern Beef Packers, Powers said nothing about Bollen from September 11 until November 13, after the election.

Powers mocks journalist John Hult for reporting facts while ignoring the far greater culpability of his own rich and powerful sponsor.


  1. Bill Fleming 2014.11.30

    The curious thing about Powers is that on the one hand, he seems to have pretty good instincts. The story as reported leaves a lot of questions unanswered. There's a backstory there that is obviously not being reported. But leave it to Pat to point up some snarky irrelevancy.

  2. mike from iowa 2014.11.30

    How relevant is Poopy Powers? Stick your finger in a pail of water and then pull your finger out. The hole left where your finger was is Power's relevance in the scheme of things. Nada,zero,zip,zilch.

  3. Nick Nemec 2014.11.30

    Pat Powers is simply taking a page out of the Republican talking head book, fake outrage, scream, repeat.

  4. Tim 2014.11.30

    Nick, until SD voters prove to them they are smarter than that republicans will continue to do it.

  5. larry kurtz 2014.11.30

    Curious that Mr. Fleming would enable such a rag as DWC.

  6. Bill Fleming 2014.11.30

    Yup, that's me Kurtz, 'enabling' people to exercise their 1st Amendment rights and communicating with my fellow human beings since 1967. Guilty as charged.

  7. larry kurtz 2014.11.30

    Oh yeah, Bill: you have done such a stellar job convincing Jammer and PP's other multiple personalities about the value of democracy.

  8. Jeff Barth 2014.11.30

    John Hult described the location of the arrest and explained the reason the man was there. TV coverage did not consider those details to be significant.

    John Hult does bring us straightforward journalism.

  9. Bill Fleming 2014.11.30

    Not my circus, not my monkey, Larry. I'm egalitarian whether they like it or not. And whether you like it or not.

  10. JeniW 2014.11.30

    At least the DWC allow Bill to make a comment.

    Instead of telling me that that Pat disagrees with me about Mike Rounds, he simply prevented my comment from appearing, and does not allow me comment on any other topics.

    Oh, well.

  11. larry kurtz 2014.11.30

    Jeni: Pat allows Bill's comments because it lends credibility to a forum that should have died after the SOS fiasco. Pathetic really.

  12. caheidelberger Post author | 2014.11.30

    Jeff, you're telling us that the Sioux Falls paper is the only media outlet that bothered to tell us that the suspect was apprehended at the Sioux Falls paper's office? Boy, if I were a competitor out to make the paper look bad, I'd have happily chirped that detail. Barth's observation all the more reinforces that the SF paper was being factual and transparent about a trivial detail with no bearing on the newsworthiness of the crime.

  13. caheidelberger Post author | 2014.11.30

    Fleming's comments are one of the few remaining items of value on DWC. Powers would increase the value of DWC by permitting JeniW and other observers to join Bill, "Jammer", et al in more honest, open discussion.

  14. Bill Fleming 2014.11.30

    I think the person who posts as "Old Guard" has some pretty good things to say. And there is usually a smattering of "anonymous" people with views that seem left to moderate to me. But yeah, a lot of times actual conversation and dialogue seems to be lacking there. It's more like people making pronouncements... like at an AA meeting.

    Crosstalk is usually frowned upon and/or discourage by both the moderator and the group. I'm glad it sometimes opens up. I think conversation is more therapeutic than speechmaking.

  15. Roger Cornelius 2014.11.30

    As a rule. I don't bother with blogs that don't allow my comments, I wait for Cory to bring any relevance DWC may have to Madville.
    Additionally, I don't read any anonymous blogs like R&R Misc. or Flyover

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