Yesterday I did a post about how the Grand Forks Editor and Publisher considers eliminating the University of North Dakota’s athletic nickname a moral issue. A moral issue.
Right on cue the Herald showed how moral they are by printing allegations made by opponents of the nickname against the University’s largest benefactor. I’m not going to copy it here, but if you want the gory accusation you can read it on the trash site that the Grand Forks Herald has become.
So is it a moral issue to publish unfounded accusations made by the opponents of the nickname. Is it a moral issue for the Herald to publish this accusation against a person that’s passed away so that he can no longer defend himself.
The Herald “reporter” says that the person who brought this up has an affidavit that this happened, but can’t find it right now. I realize that they are claiming that they are only reporting on the accusation, not the underlying baseless charge. But the fact is that this is a smear put on by the Editor and reporter of the Grand Forks Herald.
The Herald’s also been reporting unfounded accusations that the Ralph Engelstad Arena people have been flooding the reservation with money to pass this referendum. Of course the Herald’s reporter hasn’t been able to come up with any examples so once again he’s stuck reporting what the opponents say. It seems to me that the reporter could at least bother to find out how that money is supposedly being spent.
I guess trying to confirm a news story isn’t important when you’re on a moral crusade.
Not only is Ralph Engelstad the largest benefactor ever for a North Dakota college, his gift was one of the top gifts at the time of his death and is probably still in the top ten for the country.
I wish I was paying for a subscription to the Herald because if I was I’d be canceling it Monday morning.
Update: I’ve never done this before but I want to ask the Grand Forks Readers to send this story around. To do so you can click on the share button right under the title of the post. We need to show the Herald were outraged by the smear.
Posted on April 19, 2009