Fargo Forum Editor Stars In Most Unintentionally Hilarious Video You’ll See All Day

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There aren’t that many people who take the editorial column of the Fargo Forum all that seriously any more. The democratization of the media in recent years, and the decline of the newspaper industry in general, have diminished the importance of the “voice of god” columns from newspaper editorial boards. They just don’t matter as much as they used to.

But in the case of the Forum, the editorials (written by opinion editor Jack Zaleski) have long ago descended into shallow, name-calling gibberish. And it seems the folks at the Forum – after years of deriding talk radio hosts (including yours truly) for that sort of thing – have decided to just embrace that reality.

Which brings us to this painful-to-watch video in which Zaleski tries to embrace this whole intertubes video thing.

I’m not sure what they’re going for here. Is this supposed to be comedy? Irony? In what category does a crusty newspaper editor grumping on the internet go?

It’s described as “tongue-in-cheek,” but come on. Anyone who has ever read one of Zaleski’s columns knows there’s nothing “tongue-in-cheek” about it. This is just how the angry, embittered ranter behaves. It’s presented for laughs, and I think we’re supposed to be amused by Zaleski’s over-the-top reaction (his usual schtick of calling anyone who disagrees with him “idiots”) traffic policy in downtown Fargo, but that wasn’t what I was laughing at.

I was laughing at Mr. In-The-Trenches-Journalism being reduced to an internet side show, and what will undoubtedly be a poorly-attended one at that unless Zaleski somehow manages to pull off a Marily Haggerty and go viral.

Maybe he should rant about a Red Lobster or something. That might work.

If Zaleski were a more respected figure it might be kind of sad. Maybe something akin to an aging rock bands forced to pay Bar Mitzvahs and birthdays for the rich and powerful. But, again, that would require that Zaleski be a more respected figure, which he’s not.

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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  • Matthew Hawkins

    Classy, making fun of your political opponent for being old.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      Well, to be fair, he made fun me for being fat in an editorial one time.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      And I’m not making fun of him for being old. I’m making fun of him for being shallow, uninformative and only unintentionally entertaining.

      • SusanBeehler

        Bully

        • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

          People like you throw around that term when you want to silence the opposition.

          I can’t say things you don’t like because…you’re a victim!

  • zipity

    Oh please. Every time I accidentally see the photo that accompanies his drivel in the Fool’em, with Jack looking over his glasses, I throw up in my mouth a little bit.
    I think he fancies himself a cross between Russell Baker and Garrison Keillor.
    As Bob Uecker would say in “Major League”…..
    “Just a bit outside….”

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      That photo is obnoxious, but I think he cultivates that persona. Because arrogant newspaper editor is an appealing character trait?

  • kevindf

    Why is Jack still living in flyover country?

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      That’s a good question. He clearly doesn’t like North Dakota all that much.

      • kevindf

        I suspect he always intended to return to the more enlightened Northeast. His involvement with bankruptcy fraud was a setback to those plans.

      • fredlave

        Where else can he find a job?

  • headward

    He says that people come in from these Podunk towns and complain. This is worse than local commercials for businesses.

  • Say What!

    Bahhhhaaha! Zaleski is a weirdo!!!!!!!!

  • reggy

    “This is just how the angry, embittered ranter behaves.”

    Finally, a topic in which you can be considered an expert! ;)

    • Tim Heise

      I have never once heard or read anger from Mr Port

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      Oh come now, I’m not angry. I’m usually bemused. ;-)

      • SusanBeehler

        I am not angry and hateful, you choose to use those labels. So what is your “truth”?

        • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

          Well one truth, certainly, is that you’re a bit of a dunce.

  • http://Sayanythingblog.com The Whistler

    I think it was meant to be funny but it shows what a tool Jack the Hack really is.

  • Flyby_Knight

    Though Jack himself was painful to watch, the caption of “expert driver” did wring a chuckle out of me.

    Also, as a resident of Fargo, I’d like to thank all of our visitors from “Podunk, ND.” Especially since we tend to like to fund civic projects with sales taxes.

    Let me be the first to thank the good people of Podunk, ND for buying us a Fargodome, lots of city infrastructure, and a flood diversion (if that ever gets built. If not, thanks for your contribution to whatever we waste the money on next). I, at least, appreciate your contribution.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      There is that arrogance in Fargo which Zaleski often personifies perfectly.

  • kjuu

    Well, it won’t play on my mobile. And there’s a word left out in the subhead. Which kind of points out the whole problem.

  • Jack Zaleski

    Just curious: Are two-way vs. one-way streets considered a partisan issue. I’m not sure which side to be on, so a little help would be much appreciated.

    • zipity

      They can be. When they are changes to 50+ year old street rules rammed down the throat of the populace with little if any debate, and at not inconsiderable expense.
      Smells a lot like the Liberal’s usual “Tut tut, there there, WE know what’s best for you proles. Just be quiet and hand over your wallet….”

      • Jack Zaleski

        I knew someone would be able to parse this out for me. Thanks zippity, your ability to turn anything into a partisan issue is quite a feat to behold!

        • zipity

          Not much for reading comprehension, eh pseudo-Jack?
          It’s not that is inherently a partisan issue. The way it was (mis)handled made it one.
          See? Reading. It’s Fun-Demental©

          • Jack Zaleski

            Oh, it was the mishandling of the road plan by the city planners and construction workers that was liberal, not the plan itself….. sorry, now it all makes much more sense and is a much more reasoned response. I don’t know how I could have gotten so confused by the obvious distinction there. I personally thought the plan to lay new bricks down at the intersections was a fair plan, but the speed at which they were placed into the roadways was too conservative. I’m sure someone with your sense of objectivity and intellectual fortitude will understand this distinction and why it matters.

          • zipity

            ZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzz…….
            Huh? What? I thought I heard someone making a valid point.
            Turns out pseudo-Jack just has gas.
            Never mind.

          • Jack Zaleski

            No on makes a cohesive point like zippity, the champion of conservative road informational policy and it’s relevance to my life.

          • zipity

            *YAWN*

          • Jack Zaleski

            ***SNORE***

          • zipity

            How original….see post above.

          • Jack Zaleski

            *YAWN*

          • ec99

            Confusion is a symptom of dementia.

    • ec99

      Why don’t you reopen your comment board for feedback? Of course, that would also carry the consequence of readers pointing out the fallacies of your viewpoints. Which was why it was shut down in the first place.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      Just FYI, this isn’t Jack Zaleski.

      • zipity

        Eh. Close enough…

      • Drain52

        How do you know? Disqus supposedly keeps names quiet.

        • ec99

          I believe Rob has access to IP numbers.

        • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

          I have access to IP numbers, and this one matches one of the people here who likes to keep changing names.

          • two_amber_lamps

            Amazing that the vast majority of the “sock puppet generating” owners of these IP’s have liberal agendas?

            Must be PURE chance….

  • devilschild

    Jack don’t know Jack; and that’s a fact Jack.

  • NDJimmy

    I was at the Fargo Red Lob a couple weeks ago. I know it ain’t haute cuisine, but the server was friendly and knowledgeable, the food was good, hot and fast. Try the Walleye.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      I’m not a big seafood fan, but my wife and kids love Red Lobster.

      • NDJimmy

        That’s a little out of the budget for us. The youngest is 9 and we waved bye bye to the kiddy menu some time ago. They think we’re splurging when we go to 5 Guys, and are satisfied with BK or even pizza at Sam’s Club. Don’t tell them what they’re missing.

  • tomorrowclear

    He’s absolutely correct. I, too, have had it with incompetent drivers. Unfortunately, I don’t think the primary source of the whining is anyone from Podunk, ND.

    These are the same morons who steadfastly oppose roundabouts, which are safer and more efficient, and demand more stoplights because they can’t handle driving.

    The next one should deal with incompetent parents who allow their kids to run wild in restaurants.

    • Drain52

      I’m not crazy about roundabouts, but you ain’t seen one till you’ve seen the New Jersey versions. Three or four lanes side by side and about twice the speed of the local roundabouts. It’s exciting.

      • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

        I think its funny that Fargo spends millions of tax dollars promoting businesses moving into downtown Fargo, and then everyone bitches about the traffic downtown.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      “I, too, have had it with incompetent drivers.”

      • ec99

        RIP George Carlin.

      • PK

        “They own this fu**in place. It’s a big club, and you ain’t in it. You and I, are not in the Big Club……The game is rigged, and nobody seems to notice. Nobody seems to care…..They don’t give a fu** about you.” George Carlin
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIFGGcX1a5I

      • devilschild

        Have you ever driven with someone who can’t stay within their lane and look at crops at the same time? I have and even tough he has nearly rolled the truck a dozen or so times in all the years I have known him he still thinks he’s a better driver than I am. What kind of BS is that?

  • P_B

    “You’re stupid. Go home.” Wow. What an invite to go to Fargo and visit downtown! Maybe the CVB should hire him. Frankly, we try to spend money for shopping away from home anyplace but Fargo. I have grown weary of the arrogance coming from the city that for 11 years was my home. And, yes, I think two-ways are easier than one-ways.

  • fredlave

    You’re right Rob, Zaleski is an idiot. Having grown up in the land of the traffic jam (NYC) I can predict what will happen when a delivery truck double-parks on two-way First Avenue North. If someone double-parks on the other side of the street -> gridlock. How many shots did the geniuses in City Hall take at “fixing” Broadway? How much money did they spend to create its present congestion? The east-west Downtown avenues are due for the “Broadway treatment” now.

    • Thresherman

      Well, the policy of the Forum is too get on board with whatever massive spending plan the city comes up with, seriously, have you ever seen them oppose any such? Instead of thoughtful deliberation and reasoned opinion, Zaleski resorts to the last refuge of the idiot left, name calling and demagoguery This will be a clusterf**k but rest assured.Zaleski, the mouthpiece of the city hall, will assure us that it works because top men put it together,TOP men!

  • seriously?

    What a d.bag!

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