I Got Kicked Out Of An “Independent Media Convention” Today

2013-03-23 12.09.05

I was in Jamestown today to attend an “independent media convention” put on by the North Dakota Free Press, among other groups, which was described on the registration page promoting “fair, impartial, and independent news media.”

I’m passionate about independent media. I’ve been publishing SAB for ten years now. I knew this was being put on by a bunch of people who, ideologically, I really don’t line up with. But I thought, politics aside, I could pick up a few things. And maybe share some thoughts of my own. So I registered…

ndfreepress

…and made the trip.

I shouldn’t have wasted my time.

I arrived in Jamestown last night and met about a dozen of you readers at the SAB meet-up (thanks to everyone who came out!), then got up this morning to attend the convention at the Jamestown Civic Center. I walked into the room and sat down, and right after striking up a conversation with the gentleman next to me who seemed bewildered by the idea that I want the Keystone XL pipeline built, I was approached by Bill Patrie one of the event’s organizers (described as a “specialist in cooperatives and economic development” on the event website).

Bill asked me what I was doing at the event. I told him that I’m interested in independent media and hoped to learn a few things and participate in the discussion. At which point Mr. Patrie told me that the event wasn’t for me. He was visibly angry – he was holding a cup of coffee and shaking so badly I wondered how long the liquid would stay in it – and I asked if he wanted me to leave. He said yes.

I didn’t protest much. I wasn’t there to cause a scene, so I left miffed that the six hours I spent driving to and from the event was wasted.

As he was explaining to me why I shouldn’t be in the room, Patrie said that the intent of the event was to create a “cooperative” to support “independent media” and that they didn’t want any “criticism.” It’s worth noting that four members of the North Dakota Newspaper Association were in the room, as well as a member of the Democrat National Committee. Maybe they were right to think that a conservative media skeptic might have some criticisms of an event billed as promoting “independent media” with that cast of characters on hand and the one conservative in the room sent packing.

But then, they’re the ones who opened the event to the public. They’re the ones who used words like “unbiased” and “impartial.” I guess those words only apply if you happen to agree with them.

The other group sponsoring the event, other than NDFreePress.org, was the People’s Press Project (a media justice organization!) founded by Cindy and Duke Gomez-Schempp and the intent of the proceedings was pretty obvious. They are establishing a sort of left-wing media operation in the state.

Which I’m fine with. Heck, I’m downright supportive of it, and I think conservatives ought to do the same thing. The more voices in the digital publishing world he better, I think. But they’re being more than a little cloak-and-dagger about the whole thing. Under the guise “independent” and “unbiased” media, these people want to create ideologically-driven content.

That’s what I do. But I’m honest and transparent about it. I’m not pretending to be something I’m not. I wear my ideology on my sleeve.

John Jorgensen of NDFreePress.org has since called and apologized to me and has said that he’ll be publishing an apology too. I should mention that Jorgensen has been running my columns on his website for a couple of months now (I offered them, liking the idea of putting my words in front of a liberal audience). He said he’s sorry it happened and had actually been looking forward to meeting me (the feeling was mutual). He said he wasn’t aware until after the event that I had been asked to leave – though someone who stayed told me later that my removal was discussed during the opening remarks – and that wasn’t something he would have supported.

Fair enough, I guess.

I’m going to pull my columns from NDFreePress.org as I really don’t want to be associated with an organization that would advertise themselves as unbiased, and then discriminate against someone because of their political ideology. Or associate themselves with people who do that sort of thing. It’s dishonest and, frankly, I have plenty of followers as is.

I also think that citizens in North Dakota should be wary of these groups. They are clearly marketing their ideologically-driven content to mainstream media publications in the state, or intend to, and passing it off as objective. Which it almost certainly won’t be.

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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  • RCND

    So much for that tolerance we hear so much of from the left

    • $8194357

      Cultural terrorism (political correctness) is really
      “intolerance in the name of diversity”.

    • bob

      Like all Liberal values — tolerance, discrimination, transparency, non-partisanship, choice, etc — it only goes one way. They do not need to follow they espouse, only their opponents.

    • caseym54

      Tolerance only applies to good people.

  • kahall

    Unreal.

  • Jeff

    Wow, that’s pretty hypocritical on their part, though I can’t say I’m surprised. I think amongst themselves, they view independent media as non corporate, non profit and leftist, maintaining an antagonistic relationship with media that is corporate or is simply left leaning (ie. about all of corporate media) and not to the ideological extreme of say a Pacifica Radio

  • Padre

    wow … that’s too bad – you’re blog is the one place I can go and actually find out what really is going on …. hope the broad span of the arms tolerance will receive you with greater love in the future

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      Thanks!

  • ec99

    This reminds me of when I was in college decades ago, and the far left students loved it when people like Angela Davis showed up, but would attend a talk by a Conservative to shout him down.

  • tom

    Well at least it wasn’t another reservation that ousted you. :)

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      Smart ass. ;-)

  • NDJimmy

    That sucks dude. Sorry.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      Comes with the territory, I guess. If you’re going to take public positions on controversial issues, you’re going to piss some people off.

      • Simon

        Although I wasn’t there to see and hear how it went down, my gut feeling is you should have slipped on your rhino skin and stayed for two reasons:

        1. You would have proven you are not the boogeyman because you provided constructive input to their event.

        2. Even if they still believed you are the boogeyman, you would have made those gutless liberals highly uncomfortable, which is worth the price of admission.

        I’ve been in similar situations and at first was uncomfortable knowing just about everyone in the room would shoot lasers out of their eyes at me if they could, but soon began to revel in the situation and enjoy it immensely. There wasn’t a damn thing they could do to me. And the people I represented had my back.

        If you’re ever presented that situation again, please consider it.

        • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

          The dude was pretty ticked off, and I guess I didn’t feel like making a scene.

          I wasn’t there to prove a point or anything. I was there in good faith.

          • Marcus

            …and in good faith…you “proved” a point…!

  • gilbyguy

    I’m curious as heck who the NDNA folks in the room were.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      I didn’t get to stick around long enough to find out, but a couple of friends who got to stay (they arrived after I was booted) told me they were there.

    • maddog

      Hey Gilbyguy, I bet Jack McDonald (Mr Open Government) will be right on that issue.

  • Guest Observer

    “he was holding a cup of coffee and shaking so badly I wondered how long the liquid would stay in it”

    Sure that’s all it was in Patrie’s cup?

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      Be nice.

  • RCND

    Whats interesting is you probably could have brought some good insights to their discussions on the mechanics of what they are trying to accomplish

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      That was honestly my intent. That and maybe picking up some tips myself.

  • Camburn

    Their loss.

  • Lianne

    Once again Jamestown has the light of shame shine upon them. Rob, did you have to pay to attend?

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      Oh, don’t blame Jamestown for this.

      And there was a fee. I registered on the website but didn’t pay right away as I wasn’t entirely sure I’d make it. I had planned on paying there, but hadn’t gotten to the point of pulling out my wallet by the time I got the boot.

      • Lianne

        Jamestown itself isn’t to blame for Jessica Haak, but she dimmed the light on them, just the same. I wan’t blaming Jamestown in either case. I am sure the citizens of Jamestown don’t like either situation.

  • DelawareBeachHouse

    Good job, Rob.

    Did the Jamestown Sun cover the event? Anyone else?

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      I didn’t see anyone there, but then I wasn’t there long.

    • JimTownGuy

      I wouldn’t expect much from that wish wrap. They’ll probably give Patrie a Bravo for keeping the riff-raff out. :)

      • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

        To be fair, I am pretty scruffy looking.

        • http://flamemeister.com flamemeister

          There was one scruffier dude for sure and a few more that would have made the competition tight.

          • DelawareBeachHouse

            Am I allowed to laugh?

        • Conservative_Egghead

          There’s no way that you’re scruffier than Duke Schempp

  • somebodysomewhere

    Very closed minded and deceitful on their part. But what’s new? We must persevere. You were bold for trying!

    • Lianne

      It was Rob who told me several years ago that one should not enter such territory alone. Maybe he meant that to me, being a woman, but I think it was good advice for everyone.

  • Simon

    You could have said you’ve been thrown out of better places. ;)

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      And it would be true!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1029794675 James Klokstad

    John if it is the same guy I know meant nothing he said to you. He hates anyone who doesn’t agree with him.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      He seemed sincere on the phone.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1029794675 James Klokstad

        It is for you to decide….Carefully.

  • sbark

    Were any of your print media friends in attendence? If so, they stayed quiet I presume. Thats who should really hang their head, especially those with weekly Thomas Jefferson quotes on the need for the press to be the 4th branch of govt.
    1st they came for…………………we all know the story, ironic it happens in N.Dak at this early of a stage.

  • Guest

    If they are true liberals or independents they would want to include all from a “view point neutral” rule. All means all, and if they can can not accept that then they are defiantly not liberal or independent. Sounds like they are just plan ****s

  • JimTownGuy

    A six hour drive to stay at a .5 star hotel and get kicked out of a conference. Sounds like a great weekend!

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      There are probably better ways to spend a weekend.

      But the Gladstone is a nice place, and I got to meet some SAB readers for some laughs.

  • Eric Wittliff

    If they are true liberals or independents they would want to include all from a “view point neutral” rule. All means all, and if they can can not accept that then they are defiantly not liberal or independent. Sounds like they are just ****s

  • JoeMN

    My guess is you were probably on the menu, Rob

  • http://flamemeister.com flamemeister

    PR amateurs.

  • Shadowwalker

    This comes as no surprise to anyone that is paying attention to the degradation of rights in our country. They have been trying for years to take away our right to protect ourselves. They have destroyed our educational system and are working to discourage free association when you try to gather peacefully (deny permits to meet in a public group setting will come shortly). They are accusing some of us as being terrorists because we don’t buy into the big government is good thing. Why would anyone think for a minute that they wouldn’t do anything and everything to try to silence or diminish free speech? This has been coming for many years and it will get a lot worse in the very near future. The state is full of sheep and the wolves (much like the coyotes in this state ) are running wild. Some day maybe a few more in this state will wake up before it is too late. I don’t have much faith at this point in time will the way things are trending. Too many rinos for any of our good.

  • devilschild

    I wouldn’t pull my column. I would keep writing and just be who I am. That’s what I did on the Herald’s site. Oh sure…I got moderated all the time, my comments were deleted, or I was blocked for months at a time, more than once (4 times), but I never stopped writing. I just don’t think their “keep it positive” approach to reporting the news is genuine.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      Thoughts worth considering. Good points

      • SusanBeehler

        Sounds like you are working towards a martyrdom award. 1. Why would you ask if you should leave? 2. Why would you leave? If you never paid you probably were never registered “technically”. Bill Patrie is NOT an intimidating guy. Why were you so easily intimidated?

        • http://flamemeister.com flamemeister

          WTF are you talking about? Are you stone-stupid drunk?

          • two_amber_lamps

            2/3’s right…. I think you could have stopped at stone-stupid.

          • SusanBeehler

            Now we are getting some where?

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            She’s talking common sense, something you lost long ago in favor or your extreme paranoia and right wing extremism.

          • Finrod Felagund

            Common sense is appallingly uncommon amongst Leftists.

          • SusanBeehler

            No are you?

          • http://flamemeister.com flamemeister

            Whoa! I really walked into that one! I had no idea that you were mistress of the crushing retort, the stunning comeback, and the rapier-witted riposte!

          • SusanBeehler

            What are you talking about? Bill Patrie was a speaker at the event. http://www.ndfreepress.org/

          • http://flamemeister.com flamemeister

            Of course he was, who said otherwise?

        • Icanreadz!

          Well, Bill Patrie probably is not intimidating- cowards rarely are. But he is evil, in a very small way.

          • SusanBeehler

            Evil? REALLY? I bet you have never met him. The coward was Rob, you don’t ask someone if you should leave unless you really want to leave and just want the permission to do so while trying to save face. Rob set himself up and then cries fowl when his “wish” comes true.

          • pabarge

            Susan, you do know that mackerel you keep smacking into your own face was once a living creature. Don’t you?

          • pabarge

            http://images.google.com/search?hl=en&site=&tbm=isch&source=hp&q=susan+beehler&oq=susan+beehler&gs_l=img.3..0i24l3.33005292.33016165.0.33016934.17.10.3.4.6.0.687.2586.3j4j4-1j2.10.0…0.0…1ac.1.7.img.-h–btgpQU0&biw=1024&bih=672&sei=1dZQUZ6pKcX22QX-t4GAAQ#biv=i%7C0%3Bd%7Cru6t_Ur1gLPIVM%3A

            … The horror …

        • brianmacker

          Why should he waste several more hours of his time in addition to the six already wasted if the convention was a fraud?

          • SusanBeehler

            How was it a fraud? Rob had said he had not even paid the fee to attend. http://www.ndfreepress.org/

          • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

            I pre-registered for the event. I didn’t even get a chance to pay, because they wouldn’t let me stay.

            As usual, Susan, you have your facts all wrong. Which is what people know you for.

        • ThomasD

          Apparently having a ticket, with your name on it, does not meeting the metaphysical definition of “technically” (as opposed to actually) registered.

          Lame.

          A bona fide event organizer asked him to leave, failure to leave would have been at the least rude, disruptive, and possibly trespassing.

    • Robert

      I am in agreement with devilschild. Withdrawing your voice just removes a light of truth from their publication. We need these lights to help others see the truth and find their way to thinking more critically about issues.

      • Lianne

        There is the other side of the coin. Why should Rob assist with the increased traffic on the NDfreepress site if they didn’t want him at the conference?

        • devilschild

          Because he is an honorable man and he doesn’t cower to no one…just like the men in my family. You don’t run from confrontation. You meet it head on, fight words with words. If he backs out who will speak for him? a toad maybe or a weasel?

          • Lianne

            I can’t see Rob cowering to anyone. I am thinking that the traffic on free press greatly increased when Rob started posting. So, unless he was paid accordingly, I believe his time could be better spent.

      • brianmacker

        Token diversity might lend credibility to what was obviously a sham.

    • fredlave

      Agree with devilschild. The problem with the Rushs and Hannities, et. al., is that they are preaching to the choir and not really reaching the voters who need to be educated. Sharing your thoughts in the dark corners of the political landscape can only help and doesn’t detract from the SAB.

  • Roy_Bean

    From their web page:

    ” The convention will appeal to anyone who is interested in engaging in
    any capacity; whether journalists, writers, photographers, media
    insiders, students, editors, advertising professionals, copywriters,
    financial supporters or concerned citizens who want a voice in shaping
    how news and information are produced and distributed.”

    A typical leftist tactic, they want to “shape the news” so they throw out conservative bloggers.

    • http://flamemeister.com flamemeister

      From what was said they also apparently believe that ND media is dominated by conservatives …

      • Finrod Felagund

        Heck, some leftists think CNN is dominated by conservatives, all objective reality aside.

    • $8194357

      Thats why its called “propaganda”.

  • borborygmi

    Idiots. Sorry Rob.

  • Marcus

    Good Lord Rob…, you expect pluralism in media?

    Independent thought undermines every indoctrination into the cozy society of media self admiration.

    Precisely why the largest ND propaganda conglomerate has become the butt of jokes and lack of nearly all credibility.

    Sounds like North Dakota Free Press just copied pages from the Fargo Foolem’s playbook.

    What a cowardly an immature move on their part…

    • Finrod Felagund

      Oh, they have pluralism all right. Left, Hard Left, and Insane Left.

  • KJUU

    Holy sh*t. What? That’s insane!

    I was considering going to this but couldn’t make it. Now I’m damn glad, because what the world DOESN’T need is more closed-minded jackasses masquerading as something “new.”

  • KJUU

    BTW, there is an apology up on ND Free Press. http://www.ndfreepress.com/2013/03/23/an-apology-to-rob-port/

    • Finrod Felagund

      Typical liberals, apologizing after the event is over and no remediation can be made.

  • Mike Adamson

    It’s too bad they didn’t let you stay as our own arguments benefit from interaction with the other side..

  • ellinas1

    What did you expect?
    You did not pay the registration fee, and you are neither fair, nor unbiased or impartial.

    • zipity

      Are you really that thick, or are you just pretending to be the village idiot?

      He posted an image of his ticket with registration number. I’m guessing they did not give those out for free. Moron.

      • two_amber_lamps

        No pretending necessary.

      • ellinas1

        I don’t care about the image he posted. Can you read, or are you only able to look at images?
        I said he did not pay, Port said he did not pay,and you an illiterate smart ass go of the deep end accusing people.
        Look in the mirror madam. Do you see that you are thick, a village idiot and a moron?

        Rob Moderator Lianne • 21 hours ago
        “Oh, don’t blame Jamestown for this.
        And there was a fee. I registered on the website but didn’t pay
        right away as I wasn’t entirely sure I’d make it. I had planned on
        paying there, but hadn’t gotten to the point of pulling out my wallet by
        the time I got the boot.”

        • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

          Rob didn’t pay, and all of his little cheerleaders ignore this like Fox ignored the award Obama received in Israel, one that no other American president was awarded before.

          • two_amber_lamps

            Ever here of pay at the door little hanni-twit? Go read the apology at the NDFreePress, nothing was ever mentioned about payment being an issue, the only ones making an issue of it are you and that pederast from Stockton. Hindsight it appears it’s better NOT to pay in advance when dealing with the fickle nature of sniveling leftists since they made Rob waste his time and effort TRYING to attend their silly event and they reneged on allowing him to partake.

            Besides, you accusing anyone of being a deadbeat is quite laughable… Wee-willy bonilla, proud owner of a big fat TAX LIEN…

            HAWAII.GOV Bureau of
            Conveyances -Official Public

            Records

            Document

            Number R2007203358

            Recording Date

            Recording Date:

            Date instrument
            recorded.

            YYYY-MM-DD

            2007-11-21

            Document Category:

            Judgment/LienConveyanceMiscellaneousMortgageReleaseUniform

            Commercial Code

            Description

            NOTICE OF LIEN

            (INCLUDES COUNTY,
            FEDERAL & STATE TAX LIENS; MARITIME LIEN)

            Grantor Grantor:

            Party transferring

            interest.

            BONILLA WILLIAM

            L II

            Grantee Grantee:

            Party acquiring
            interest.

            HAWAII

            STATE-TAX

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            You cry very well, for a big baby. But all of your tears, temper tantrums and personal attacks are no cover for Rob’s frailties and sensitivities.

            Certainly your make believe issue of a “tax lien” is proof enough of your low caliber of debate. My weekly dinner tab is more than that lien was..some 6 years ago.

            Is that all you’ve got?

          • two_amber_lamps

            Which makes it all the more laughable that you didn’t satisfy your debt to the state you indolent deadbeat.

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            You can’t pay a bill that you never received. You idiot.

          • two_amber_lamps

            Pah, we’ve heard every excuse from you… now you invent a new one? Maybe if you didn’t life as a habitual beach derelict you might have checked your post office box from time to time… the same one you collect your welfare check at? Pay your debts and perhaps you might have some credibility here… till then you’re just a tiny lil wastrel in urine soaked boardies… :)

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            You’re full of lies and failed attempts to bring people down to your level.

            Epic fail.

          • ellinas1

            2_dim_bulbs…errr…miss amber says: “Ever here (sic) of pay at the door little hanni-twit?”
            Did you hear that Port did not pay, dim_witted_bulb?

          • two_amber_lamps

            Sounds like the issue was never even broached… Mr. Patrie had a single purpose in giving a fellow journalist THE BOOT. Too bad you weren’t there Nasty, I’m sure NDFreePress could have used a water carrier for NAMBLA.

          • ellinas1

            Port and Patrie fellow journalists?
            Surely you jest.
            Did you read the that Port himself says did not pay?
            Did you, dim_witted_bulb?

          • two_amber_lamps

            Did you not see that Patrie never gave him the chance dear child molester?

            Now go down stairs and take your anxieties out on your little 10 year old boy you keep chained there, you sick little monkey.

          • ellinas1

            What do you expect from idiots and morons?

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            It’s all they have, lies, cheap shots and distractions.

          • ellinas1

            Yes, exactly.
            Even when presented with the truth 2_dim_bulbs…..err…..two_amber_lights is still lying and obfuscating.
            What a douche bag…..

          • two_amber_lamps

            A pederast calling someone a douchebag? Lol! You’re too funny Comrade Pederast Greekling crustacean.

          • ellinas1

            Even when presented with the truth 2_dim_bulbs…..err…..two_amber_lights is still lying and obfuscating.
            What a douche bag…..

          • two_amber_lamps

            Lies?

            My weekly dinner tab is more than that lien was..some 6 years ago.

            You just admitted above that you’re the proud owner of a Hawaiian State Tax Lien (Mahalo!)…. who’s the liar, LIAR?

            Now say you’re sorry for accusing others of what you do. Tax Cheat.

          • ellinas1

            Cheap ass bitches, have cheap ass shots and distractions.
            Nothing more, nothing less.

          • two_amber_lamps

            Exactly what you and Mr. urine soaked boardies do daily…. maybe you could spot your little piss stained buddy some scratch so he can pay off his big fat TAX LIEN?

          • ellinas1

            He, he, he!
            Heh, heh, heh!
            Mevrouw Amber changes the subject, for she cannot respond to the issue at hand.
            Tsk! Tsk!

          • two_amber_lamps

            Typical Liberal, requiring the force of law to help out your destitute friend? No matter, the
            readers at SAB know you for the degenerate that you are, as well as they
            know the fetid stench of your buddy wee-wee willy the Tax-a-cheat-icus.

            ta ta mr pedonasty! :)

            https://securecdn.disqus.com/uploads/mediaembed/images/460/4687/original.jpg

          • KJUU

            I could have shown up a the door and paid, and been admitted, as I was thinking of doing. Work got in the way. This was open to the public and not a pay-in-advance affair.

          • Finrod Felagund

            From Rob:

            I pre-registered for the event. I didn’t even get a chance to pay, because they wouldn’t let me stay.

            Reading is hard! For Leftists.

        • two_amber_lamps

          Hello Ellinasty! How are you today?

          Lol!! A pederast is hardly in any position to accuse anyone of ill behavior.

          • ellinas1

            Mevrouw amber, why do you post on MN area hockey blogs while posing as Goon’s 5 year old daughter?

          • two_amber_lamps

            Mevrouw

            What are you some kind of french pervert cat meowing at passerbys? Enticing 5 year olds to join you in your basement RUMPus room? Oh that’s right, you like pretending you’re some kind of soi disant intellectual by uttering that guttural nonsense Mr. Greekling Pederast.

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_mDTLphIVY

          • ellinas1

            Mevrouw amber, why do you post on MN area hockey blogs while posing as Goon’s 5 year old daughter?

            http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/mevrouw

        • http://flamemeister.com flamemeister

          Believe me, if you pre-register in N.D., you are registered for all practical purposes. You are quibbling—a habit you have been rapidly developing of late—and in some danger of drifting over into Suzy-land.

          • ellinas1

            I was being sarcastic, and answering Port’s headline when I said: “What did you expect?
            You did not pay the registration fee, and you are neither fair, nor unbiased or impartial.”

            The quibblers are mrs zipity and mevrouw Amber.

    • two_amber_lamps

      you are neither fair, nor unbiased or impartial.

      I suppose that’s why he allows you to suffer us with your dogmatic leftist lies, eh pederast?

      • ellinas1

        Why do you post on MN area hockey blogs while posing as Goon’s 5 year old daughter?

        • two_amber_lamps

          I see you can’t help but spread lies and disinformation Mr. Pederast. Thank you for demonstrating my point. In reality why don’t you ask Mr. Goon since he KNOWS who Gusty is and can relate the particulars of the circumstances?

          And no, you cannot ask Goon’s 5 year old daughter on a date you sick f%^k. I believe even the poor bankrupt city of Stockton, CA has child rape laws… or at least I should hope so.

          • ellinas1

            Mevrouw amber. I see you can’t help but spread lies and disinformation, misinformation and lies.

            Tell us why you post on MN area hockey blogs while posing as Goon’s 5 year old daughter?

          • two_amber_lamps

            Take you obtuse questions up with your buddy Mr. Gusty Comrade Greekling Pederast. You know the guy who works for 3M and impersonates 5 year old girls on MN area hockey blogs.

            Not that you should get any ideas… especially after the last time you played Mr. Impersonator and made a “guest appearance” at your new friend’s house…..

          • ellinas1

            Mevrouw amber. I see you can’t help but spread lies and disinformation, misinformation and lies.

            Tell us why you post on MN area hockey blogs while posing as Goon’s 5 year old daughter?

          • two_amber_lamps

            Well, I guess this means you refuse to question the imposter, which is just about what we expected of you dear pederast. No matter, the readers at SAB know you for the degenerate that you are, as well as they know the fetid stench of your buddy Gusty/Anon/5yearoldgirlimpersonator.

            ta ta mr pedonasty! :)

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    • http://flamemeister.com flamemeister

      First of all, Rob did not claim to be unbiased, he clearly stated otherwise in this posting. He pre-registered. Secondly, you were not there to see that the “convention”—minus its principals and hangers-on—couldn’t have amounted to more than 10 people. They had a few people seated at a row of tables. There was a large box of leftover sandwiches. For what reason are you knee-jerking about his registration and his bias? Please reveal to me the subtle drift of your clever innuendos. They simply effed up badly on every count.

      • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

        Rob can’t report on anything that doesn’t twist the truth or outright lie. He had no place there or at any real press event.

        • http://flamemeister.com flamemeister

          You have no place here or, Darwinistically speaking, anywhere.

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            Spoken like a truly inferior person.

          • two_amber_lamps

            Spoken like a 4:20 Choomer Beach bum reject with a big fat Hawaiian TAX LIEN.

            Mahalo!

        • JoeMN

          Yet I find it curious that he gets the ban hammer, while still allowing you access to his site to sling your arrows.

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            What does this represent to you? That it excuses all of Rob’s lies and misrepresentations?

      • ellinas1

        First of all Mr. Port Apologist, I sarcastically answered to the title of the post which is: ” I Got Kicked Out Of An“Independent Media Convention” Today”
        and was written by Rob Port on March 23, 2013.

        Secondly, I did not need to be there to see anything, and definitely do not care about the so called “Independent Media Convention”.

        Please reveal to me why you are defending Port’s attempted attendance at an allegedly “Independent Media Convention” where the participants just like Port were neither fair, nor impartial or independent.

        • http://flamemeister.com flamemeister

          “Mr. Port Apologist”? I have attacked Rob’s postings on many occasions; in fact, a couple of times in the last day or so.

          How, exactly, and I defending Rob’s attempted attendance? For that matter, is there anything I am defending?

          • ellinas1

            In this post, and this post only, you did act like like a Port apologist.

          • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

            You say “Port apologist” as though it were a bad thing. ;-)

          • ellinas1

            Port can and does stand up on his own. ;-)

    • Finrod Felagund

      Somewhere, a bridge is missing its troll.

  • Robertfrost

    In North Dakota, it has long been the view that conservative media is biased, and liberal media is independent. The only true form of independent media is a mix of the both. Rob being turned away is wrong. He made the event one of independence, not slaves to the yoke of liberal Pharaoh. I agree with Rob far less than I disagree, but this is wrong.

    • two_amber_lamps

      Having lived in a few places besides ND I can vouch for the fact that this is not merely a ND phenomenon. It’s everywhere… most of the alleged “independent” media outlets around the country are in fact nothing more than firehoses for leftist dreck. It’s just another case of a concept that’s been hijacked by the left in an effort to paint the patina of independent thought on ideas that are chained in lockstep with leftist ideology.

      All you have to do is pick up a copy of the local “independent” newspaper when you travel to major cities (which are often a good source for local eateries/culture/etc.) and peruse the actual “articles.” There’s generally nothing independent about them.

  • $8194357

    Some animals are more “independent” than others?
    Only if your ideological bent is liberal shiek, huh.

  • HighPainsBleeder

    Heh…I know what that feels like. I believe I am the primary reason the High Plains Reader shut down the ability to comment on the drivel they put on their website by pointing out the rampant hypocrisy, outright lies and poorly proofread pablum that they misrepresent as “journalism”. I see it as one of the high points of my life. The email exchange with John Stand just before they shut down the comments on their website is below.

    High Pains Bleeder ([email protected])

    9/04/09

    To: [email protected]

    Well,
    only if you triple-dog dare me… Unfortunately, this is not
    middle-school, and I have others to think about as well, and would not
    like to subject myself (or them) to the “tolerance” exhibited
    by your fellow travelers, what with union goons beating up people at
    rallies, and MOVEON thugs biting health care “reform” protesters fingers
    off, I think I’ll pass. I know it’s frustrating for you to be called
    to account for your seemingly irreconcilable positions, like cheer leading the gentrification of the downtown area with $500K condos being built on former parking lots, and then bitching about the lack of parking. Or railing against big money interests, while gladly taking money/support from the Karen Burgums and Rick Sterns of the area and ads for evil corporations like Verizon. Or running a series of articles about the horrors of binge alcohol consumption, while your paper appears to be completely supported by bars/off-sales, and concerts where partying
    is the main goal. As for EARNING the proverbial boot (which proverb was
    that again?), whatever. Banning me would perhaps free me of the
    irrational urge to pick up your “paper”, and swim in the sewer of poorly
    researched, knee-jerk, socialism loving, poorly proof read pablum, proffered by twenty-somethings (times four for Eddie) who have yet to discover that the country that gave them more freedom and wealth than any other nation this planet has yet to equal, can easily be destroyed by their misguided extended adolescent view of the world, and our place in it.

    Do you understand?

    HighPainsBleeder

    9/04/09

    To: High Pains Bleeder

    Cc: [email protected], [email protected]

    Regardless, please be respectful in what you post on our website
    and courteous and limit your submissions to concise, salient points —
    your perceived fact checks or whatever — or you will EARN the
    proverbial boot.

    Do you understand?

    And I sign my name to what I say. Do you dare?

    John Strand

  • two_amber_lamps

    “independent media convention”

    “North Dakota Free Press”

    Little labels they attach to themselves in a futile effort to present themselves as something they’re clearly not.

    Reminds me of six year olds calling their gang “The cool kids club….”

    A name does not merely make it so.

  • Waski_the_Squirrel

    From my reading of the registration, I could have registered and attended, and my media involvement is limited to school event photography for one small town newspaper. I didn’t read any kind of ideological purity test on the website.

    I think that you should have stayed. Furthermore, I don’t think you should pull your column. It sounds (from the outside) like Mr. Jorgensen is sincerely apologetic, no matter what his politics are. I do think that this would be a good topic for the next column.

    We can’t let people like Mr. Patrie push us around. It was bullying, even if it didn’t appear exactly so. In this case, Mr. Patrie won because you were too civilized to create a scene. A better response would have been to remain calm in the face of his irrational behavior.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      I was plenty calm. I didn’t lose my temper. I calmly left and went to have lunch with a friend.

      I just didn’t want to stay where I wasn’t wanted.

  • opinionated

    Rob, what were you thinking.. According to their own site you are invited to be part of the solution in creating a media vehicle that is for the people and by the people… Except if you actually have the ability to be independent… Hypocrites

  • three_amber_lamps

    Maybe they were worried for economic reasons. Did the event include a buffet?

    • two_amber_lamps

      I guess you’ve taken to impersonating me (pale as your impersonations go) instead of your usual impersonation of 5 year old girls on MN area hockey blogs? Good for you… never an original thought in that 3M solvent fumigated space between your ears, eh Gusty?

      • two_amber_lap_dances

        Sorry, my bad. I take it back.

  • David J Hallman

    Really a lame apology. Leaves a lot of outs for himself. I know of the major people involved in this effort and they are uber liberals. The problem is that this type of liberal thinks they are the mainstream. Way to show some class Rob. I don’t always agree with you but your stock is at an all time high after your classy exit.

  • Lynn Bergman

    Rob, I think you should reconsider pulling your column. I believe Bill Patrie to be one of the least articulate individuals I’ve ever come across. He has his views but has a lot of trouble defending them as he cannot seem to think on his feet, preferring to use pre-arranged talking points.

    I remember a presidential surrogate debate that I participated in, during which a member of the audience repudiated the war in Iraq based on Christ’s biblical quote “Turn the other cheek”. When I explained that the quote does not suggest it is OK to turn someone else’s cheek on their behalf… and shared a second quote “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God”, the audience participant was unable to respond with a coherent argument. Such is an example of the inability of some latter day liberals to think for themselves… despite the claim of higher education that they are taught to do so.

  • fredlave

    Actually, there are hundreds, if not a thousand or more, of these organizations with great sounding names, e.g., People For The American Way, etc., that are fronts for George Soros or DNC funded leftists. Sorry Rob wasted gas and his time.

  • Rorschach256

    You should have told him you’d be happy to leave just as soon as he reimbursed you for the gas to get there and back.

  • juandos

    You were a gentleman…

    I would’ve told that clown Patrie to kiss my rhoids…

  • brianmacker

    How can John Jorgensen apologize for something Bill Patrie did? What are they a collective hive mind?

  • Blacque Jacques Shellacque

    …as well as a member of the Democrat National Committee.

    That should have been a clue right there…

  • pabarge

    Un-f*cking-believable. Srsly? Wow. Look, there be monsters.

  • ThomasD

    Beyond an apology to you has there been any condemnation of the actions of Bill Patrie? This sort of totalitarian impulse should not be tolerated by any organization purporting to believe in an sort of “fair, impartial, and independent news media.”

    His name should be anathema, but it won’t be. And that tells you everything you need to know about the ‘apology’ offered.

  • tejutsu

    If you were registered you should NOT have left. Make a scene. Ask tough questions OUT LOUD. If you want to make an impact you have to stand up for your rights! And don’t pull your article from the NDFreePress site. If there is an editor there who wants your input don’t throw that away. You may be the only conservative journalist he knows. Stick it out and stick to your guns!!

  • http://twitter.com/ForrestSargente Forrest Sargente

    Subversion and falsehood is how the left operates.

  • LaMano

    Good for you, nice job. Keep up the real independent media.

  • http://thevailspot.blogspot.com/ Rich Vail

    you should have pitched a fit…and show that independent and unbiased was bullshit.

  • $4752944

    So…both sides are doing the ‘purity’ thing, now.

    Does anyone read history? History tells us that’s not a good thing.

  • Esau’s Message

    There are all over this world literally thousands of frail, faltering human beings who have no clue what they are doing, who have done everything one way day after day, month after month, year after year, supported by an unquestioning and unquestioned intellectual infrascture and never having experienced any disagreement or unpleasantness

  • robert108

    What goes around comes around, port. What happened to you is reminiscent of coming to a blog called “say anything” and finding out that if you disagree with the host, you get attacked with lying smears and namecalling. Clean up your own act before you get all self-righteous about someone else cleaning up their act.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      So, in your twisted and sad little world, getting kicked out of an event is the same as posting in a public and open forum and having other people disagree with you?

  • LastBestHope

    You went, they revealed themselves as liars, you left. And now everyone knows the truth about how these lefty swine define “fair, impartial, and independent news media.”

    You didn’t waste your time. Well done sir.

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