Desperate For A Talking Point, Liberal Media Hypes Rick Berg Town Hall

Earlier today I wrote a post about Rick Berg’s town hall in Bismarck, including a video highlight filmed by PlainsDaily.com, noting that Berg had taken a couple of tough questions.

Soon after, liberal media outfits like the Huffington Post and Raw Story picked up the story pushing the narrative that Berg had been raked over the coals by angry constituents as this town hall.

“Rick Berg Faces Hostile Questioning Over Medicare,” reads the HuffPo headline. “Confronted by seniors, GOP Rep. Berg denies he voted to scrap Medicare,” reads the Raw Story headline.

Now, I understand that it’s embarrassing for the left to have hyped Paul Ryan’s budget as being this terrible travesty only to have the public’s response be something less than outraged, and I understand that it’s embarrassing to them to have polls indicating that seniors actually don’t hate Ryan’s budget, but they’re just going to look foolish trying to manufacture a grassroots push back that simply doesn’t exist.

And manufacturing is exactly what they’re doing. Andrew Stiles at National Review has a nice round-up of the left’s efforts to hype this faux town hall outrage around the nation. North Dakota was just their latest attempt to hype a non-story.

Berg wasn’t raked over the coals. He got questions from a couple of critics who had liberal talking points. They’re certainly entitled to their opinion, but Berg fielding a couple of pointed questions is hardly in the same category as the town hall protests of 2009.

I played a big part in helping get people out to those town hall events that were being put on by Senators Conrad and Dorgan, and I think the dissent those Senators saw from their constituents is what convinced each of them to resign instead of running for another term. I also think Earl Pomeroy’s decision not to hold a single town hall event contributed mightily to his defeat in the 2010 election.

Berg, clearly, is not facing that same level of opposition whatever the liberal left may choose to believe. I’ll have the entire video of the town hall up later today.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • Dakotacyr

    Oh, there’s outrage and video to show it but you are in denial.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      There’s, like, three pointed questions.

      I’ve watched the video. Most of the questioners are conservatives who want spending cuts and are afraid of Obamacare being implemented.

      I’m working on getting the whole video converted and uploaded now. It’ll be up by later tonight and you can watch the whole thing for yourself. And it’s not going to fit in with your talking points.

    • robert108

      Faux outrage from union mob agitators, funded by Soros. The people want to rein in spending.

      • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

        Please link us to actual facts concerning Soros funding the people at this town hall, Big 180 McCain voter and full time class warrior.

        • robert108

          Just keep lying and making things up; it’s all you’ve got.

          • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

            Big 180 McCain voter, if you don’t have anything (which is par for the course with your wide accusations) just say so.

    • Camsaure

      Hey, Dakota cryer, did you forget to notice that he did not run away in the middle of the meeting unlike your socialist darling countrywide conrat?

  • BuffaloBobB

    I’m glad you rely on PlainsDaily as your source of objective news reporting. Isn’t the group with a Medora Mail Box, $700,000 payroll with the Koch Brothers providing the Mother’s Milk? I’ve been to dozens of North Dakota town hall meeting and I was at Cong Berg’s meeting. I know what it means when emotional, upset voters ask “pointed questions” followed by applause from the audience. And statements came from frightened elderly and well spoken Limbaugh listeners..

    • Camsaure

      Like I stated above, did you forget to notice that he didn’t angrily stomp out of the meeting like countrywide Ken did just the other day?

      • BuffaloBobB

        No,  I  didn’t  stay  around till  The Congressman  departed.  In  fact  I’ve never anyone  stomp  out  of  a public meeting.  I’ve  seen  speakers pulled away by staff because they  were behind  schedule.
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