New York Times Eulogizes The Demise Of “Team North Dakota”

The New York Times has published a drippy, long-winded goodbye to “Team North Dakota” who are described therein as “best friends and Democrats” who “are the stuff of so much political lore in their home state, it can be hard to separate the tall tales from reality.”

It actually gets worse from there, if you can imagine. I wasn’t going to post on this article, because I didn’t think it was particularly news worthy, but people have been emailing it to me all day. One comment from a reader:

Funny, the Times didn’t find space to mention that Pomeroy and Dorgan are gone because they sidled up to Pelosi, Reid and the destructive policies of the radical Left.

Have you ever seen the Times write a fluff piece like this when a Republican got ridden out of office on a rail?

The answer to that last question is “Of course not.” The Times mourns Democrat losses and celebrates Republican losses.

But media bias aside, the real story of the demise of “Team North Dakota” is the rise of new media. Grover Norquist pointed out in an article I highlighted yesterday that, “One factor that has allowed a state like North Dakota, which voted 63 percent for Bush in 2004, to repeatedly elect two hard-left senators in Conrad and Byron Dorgan is that they voted together and together explained their votes to a non-challenging North Dakota press.”

The North Dakota press continues to be non-challenging, but unlike days gone by most North Dakotans have an access to a much broader spectrum of media. In the past it was pretty much the newspapers and broadcast television. Talk radio has had an impact, but the real game changer has been the internet. No longer are the state’s newspaper editors and television producers, with their lapdog bias for the status quo, the gatekeepers for most of the information North Dakotans get.

For “Team North Dakota,” which long led a double-life as independent-minded moderates in North Dakota and orthodox liberals in Washington DC, that has been devastating.

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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