The Forum’s Person Of The Year Is…Heidi Heitkamp?

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I’m a little amazed that Forum Communications would pick liberal Senator-elect Heidi Heitkamp as their “person of the year.” I’m not surprised, for the same reason I’m not surprised that Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize before accomplishing anything noteworthy and has already been Time’s person of the year like seven times.

Well, ok. Maybe just twice. But you catch my drift. The liberal media loves liberal politicians. No surprises there.

What does surprise me about Heitkamp’s pick is Forum Communication’s utter lack of fidelity to their own political standards.

The Fargo Forum’s editorial board, and indeed the editorials of Forum Communications’ other publications, lecture often about detestable dirty politics. Yet, Heidi Heitkamp is the queen of dirty politics, running one of the ugliest campaigns against Rick Berg – full of class war and innuendo about hating women – this state has ever seen.

Forum Communications claims to hate outside political interests meddling in state affairs, and yet the key to Heitkamp’s victory was millions poured into her campaign by liberal organizations, chief among them Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s Super PAC.

Forum Communications claims to hate partisanship, and yet Heitkamp’s only accomplishment to date has been to cling by the slimmest of margins to the last seat in the state’s federal delegation held by Democrats. That’s great if you’re a Democrat, but that should hardly be “person of the year” material for a group of media professionals who profess disdain for party politics.

And in editorial after editorial, the folks at Forum Communications claim to hate duplicitous politicians, who say one thing and do another. Yet in order to secure victory Heitkamp had to essentially run as a Republican. That doesn’t worry North Dakota liberals much, both inside and outside the state media, because they know she’ll govern from out in left field (picking an Occupy Wall Street activist as her state director is proof enough of that). But then, it’s not exactly keeping with the standards Forum Communications sets either.

So I guess, what Forum Communications is telling us with this pick, is that they’re delighted Heitkamp beat that nasty old Rick Berg and they’re more than happy to make hypocrites of themselves to prove it.

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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  • Hal

    She is as slimy and smarmy as they come.

    • http://Sayanythingblog.com The Whistler

      And now she’ll go to Washington and vote for the liberal things that Harry Reid tells her to. And the Forum will keep hiding her perfidy as long as they can.

  • http://randysroundtable.blogspot.com/ Randy G

    Another reason to never read a paper of theirs, if anyone does anymore…

    • Dave

      We don’t have to; Rob does it for us. (;

      • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

        It’d a tough job, but someone has to do it. :-)

  • Roy_Bean

    “What does surprise me about Heitkamp’s pick is Forum Communication’s utter lack of fidelity to their own political standards.”

    They have no standards. They endorsed Rick Berg because they thought he would win and wanted to be on his good side. This is just a peace offering to Heidi to get back in her good graces.

    • two_amber_lamps

      “The third rule of ethics of means and ends is that in war the end justifies almost any means….”

      -Saul Alinsky, Rules for Radicals

  • spud

    Why do these papers need a person of the year award. Personally you would think the standards for such an honor would be for someone who through there actions and deeds improve the lives of many. That is such a high standard for anyone to strive to reach. Politician of the year she should be because hand’s down the woman did what no other pol thought possible win the senate seat in North Dakota when every other democratic candidate state-wide was getting there butt kicked. Pol of the year yes person of the year I think not.

    • Thresherman

      They do it to stroke their own very large egos. They print something like this, that in reality has zero bearing on anything at all, and then sit back and watch the results of their pot stirring and congratulate themselves on how very important they are.

      I quit reading the Forum regularly some time ago, the news was old and gave me less information than what I had already obtained elsewhere. I buy it occasionally for some local story and for the comic and crossword, but since they had a 50% increase in price, I rarely do that anymore either.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      I’m not even sure how she’d get politician of the year. She barely held on to a Senate seat the Dems have held since 1960, and the only way she could accomplish it was with a hate campaign against her rival and a campaign platform for herself that moved away from everything she stood for before the election.

      Did it work? Barely. Was it pretty? No.

      • Thresherman

        Actually I think that from a purely political standpoint, Heitkamp’s election was the story of the year. Was it politics at it worst ? Yes, but people of the year are picked for impact, good or bad. Now if the Forum is treating this as if she some great new lightworker for the State, I disagree with that. But since she lowered the level of discourse unlike anyone else in recent history of the State, I think that she deserves it for that.

        • Dakotacyr

          So I guess you missed the Karl Rove ads?

          • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

            The Karl Rove ads accused Heitkamp of…supporting Obamacare.

            That’s not quite in the same league as accusing your opponent of “attacking women.”

          • Dakotacyr

            Which Karl Rove ad had to be taken down?

          • JW-American

            you play your Karl Rove card, I’ll lay down 3 Democrat Senatorial Committees and a few SEIU adds to trump anything that Roves group ran. Like the one where Berg wanted to violate fire codes in apartments to save a few bucks. Or the Berg got reimbursed for flying his one private “jet” the ads and attacks were pathetic.

            Then lets toss in the Joker card, 3 hrs per day 5 days a week and the Black jack in the afternoon that parroted Joel for another 3 hrs a day.

            Did the Queen win the game, so far, but I’d attribute a whole bunch of Ron Pauler’s that failed to vote for Berg out of spite rather than the Red Queen running anything that resembled an honest hand.

          • Thresherman

            Karl Rove! Karl Rove! You dips on the left scream that like it is the ultimate proof of everything you claim. Rove’s ads, while upsetting to the left, exposed a side of Heitkamp she was desperately trying to keep hidden. Time will prove that out as well as her lies of claiming to be an “independent” voice for ND. Harry Reid invested quite a bit of money in her and he is going to want a return in that investment right quick.

          • Dakotacyr

            Even if they were a lie and had to be taken down.

        • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

          Well sure, the Senate race was probably the biggest story of the year.

          But that’s not the same thing as person of the year.

          • Guest

            Yes it is, hack; person of the year is someone “for better or for worse, has done the most to influence the events of the year.”. Time has chosen Soviet leaders, the Ayatollah, and Chinese communist leaders as their “person of the year” for example. Not only do you not understand that a paper does not have to be purely conservative/liberal, you apparently don’t understand the concept of person of the year either.

          • Thresherman

            You calling someone “hack” is like the pot calling the kettle black.

          • Guest

            Wow, way to throw the “I know you are, but I am?” bomb. Even your insults are pathetic. I await your “Takes one to know one” response.

          • Thresherman

            Actually, I was basing it simply on the content of your post. You threw in the “hack” comment just to be a jerk and thereby I felt you earned like treatment. It wasn’t meant to be clever or witty, you simply acted like a jerk and I called you on it.

          • Guest

            Have you seriously been mulling over that insult for the last four hours? How pathetic, let alone that you were ultimately only able to again come back with, “I know you are, but am I?”

          • Thresherman

            My.my,my, don’t we have a high opinion of ourself, hmmmm?

            Of course i was mulling my answer for 4 hours, I really had little else to do, you know, except my life! You on the other hand seemed to be counting the minutes until I responded. What does that say about you?

            The few paltry minutes that I have invested in this dialog, if one could truly call it that, is far, far more than you are worth. But your childish attempts did succeed in recalling a thought to mind that applies directly to you. So I offer you this:

            Arguing with an idiot is like playing chess with a pigeon; no matter how good you are at chess, the pigeon just going knock over the pieces, crap on the board and strut around like it is victorious.

            I now wash my hands of you.

          • Guest

            I’m not the one kept responding, begging for a response and than following it up by stealing a quote from a famous amazon book review. http://pigeonchess.com/playing-with-pigeons/

            Then again, if the best insult you can come up with on your own is “I know you are, but what am I,” it’s not too surprising you would just steal another’s thoughts.

          • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

            I have to chuckle at you using the same reasoning Time used to pick Hitler once and Stalin twice.

            Not a great light you’re showing on Heitkamp.

            And please, tell me how holding on to a seat Dems last won with more than 60% by half a percentage point makes Heitkamp “influential.”

          • Guest

            I have to chuckle at your serious mental disability you bravely display for everyone to see with every post you make. The point of the post was to show that even assuming arguendo that the Forum must only support politicians who they endorsed, they can still acknowledge others have played an important part on the year by selecting them as time of the year. Of course, a stuipd sh*thead like you wouldn’t understand that, though.

          • Thresherman

            Then who would you suggest?

      • Dakotacyr

        No one said politics was pretty; if you want pretty, watch Miss America. She played the same way Berg did but did it better and beat him!

        • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

          What did Berg do that was anywhere near the level of the “attacks on women” stuff? That was despicable and underhanded.

          • Guest

            Yeah, it’s not like Rick voted to make it a felony if a women got an abortion to save her life.

          • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

            When you consider the scientific reality that life begins at conception, that’s about the only position you can have.

          • Guest

            So should raped women also be forced to have their rapists’s baby? When you consider the scientific reality that life begins at conception, that’s about the only position you can have. Derp.

          • Neiman

            That is a typical liberal twist in asking the question slanted in favor of your argument and a woman’s right to choose. The real question is this, despite the admitted horrific and terrible act of rape and the woman being the victim of some filthy crud’s lust for power – what has that baby, that helpless, wholly innocent human being done to deserve the death penalty? You liberals want to focus on the woman and what in this case what was the result of this terrible act, her feelings, her emotional pain; but you refuse to look at that child, that baby having no guilt, no part in the crime and ask yourself does that child deserve the death penalty.

          • Guest

            Nobody try to persuade Neiman otherwise! It’s primary voters like him that helped Democrats cruise to victories in 2012.

          • Neiman

            Thank you! I am guilty of standing on principle and saying I am not responsible for what men do when they do not stand on principle.

        • Thresherman

          So if Heidi does it it is politics as usual, but if Rove does it, that is beyond the pale. That is so funny that even Hillary Clinton, who is currently recovering from her congressional hearing avoiding concussion by taking in several New Years Eve celebrations in the Caribbean, snorted rum and coke out her nose.

      • spud

        Well considering no one gave her a chance to begin with and she had not run for anything since forever yeah she was the political story of the year in ND. She kept telling us her internals had her up. Bad for the rest of us that we did not believe her. When the other candidate allows a picture not flattering of him to be painted that is on him and only him. Berg and his I am entitled or if you prefer arrogant attitude is why he is the political loser of the year in ND.

        • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

          But that’s not the basis of the award.

          • spud

            Well I guess were reliving the senate election based on views tonight. Not sure that is what you had in mind discussing this award solely based on newspaper people’s opinions. Just to remind some of the blogger’s the results are still the same Rick Berg was the loser and Heidi is the winner. Try some civility with your comments nothing is going to change she will be the senator for 6 years before she runs again in 2018 if she chooses too.

      • borborygmi

        The outright lies by the Rovers, going to shut down oil drilling, going to close Air Bases, didn’t fly with the voters. So sorry . I don’t feel your pain. Perhaps ( going into psychoanalytical mode) the major defeats you experienced throughout the year was a deeper hit to your psyche/ego illuminating the real insignificance of far right conservatives and how much you are in the minority.

  • kevindf

    Heitkamp must have promised a bailout for print media.

    • camsaure

      Both her and the print media are too big to fail.

      • kevindf

        The Heitkamps are just “big boned.”

  • Matthew Hawkins

    The idea that Heitkamp ran any dirtier campaign than Berg is revisionist history. You, as a surrogate for Berg, made many underhanded attacks against Heitkamp by accusing her of breaking laws you didn’t understand.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      Form someone who makes claims to superior legal knowledge, you sure throw around terms like “surrogate” without apparently knowing what they mean.

      And it’s pretty clear that the Dems did break state law. They had ads on the internet offering to pay people to drive voters to the polls. That’s specifically illegal.

      • Guest

        No it’s not, you stupid hack. The law prevents a person for paying another person for the expense of transportation to and from the polls. It’s meant to stop campaigns from issuing checks to voters ostensibly for the cost incurred in getting to the polls, not for hiring an individual to take people to the polls. By your logic, taxi and bus drivers are breaking the law too. What a stupid hack!

        • Roy_Bean

          You must work for the democrat party. You just said that there is no difference if Liedi Heitkamp and her campaign pays for my ride to the voting place or if I hire a licensed business to drive me to the voting place. The democrat party has always considered what’s mine is theirs. “What a stupid hack!”

          • Guest

            You must be a conservatard, because you just conceded that hiring someone to drive another to poll is permissible. You didn’t even cite any part of the law to support your argument, just saying making up sh*t!! What a stupid sh*thead!!!

          • Roy_Bean

            16.1-10-06.1. Paying for certain election-related activities prohibited.
            No person may pay another person for:
            3. The expense of transportation to or from the polls;

            16.1-10-07. Candidate guilty of corrupt practice to vacate nomination of office.
            If any person is found guilty of any corrupt practice, the person must be punished by being deprived of the person’s government job, or the person’s nomination or election must be declared void, as the case may be. This section does not remove from office a person who is already in office and who has entered upon the discharge of the person’s duties when such office is subject to the impeachment provisions of the Constitution of North Dakota.

            The law states that I can buy shoes, buy a car or hire a taxi to get me to the polls. I didn’t say that I can hire someone to drive “another” to the polls, I said that I can hire someone to drive ME to the polls. You and your dumbocrat buddies probably can’t understand the difference between getting paid for work and getting paid for welfare either. You probably think that paying for your own transportation and getting a “free ride” are the same.

          • Guest

            Holy sh*t, way to double down on your stupidity. No expense of transportation to or from the polls is being paid. Just as a person can hire a taxi to get them to the polls, a person can accept a free ride to the polls. It’s no different than a taxi or bus taking a person to a poll. Thanks again for putting your apalling legal knowledge on display for all to see, sh*thead!

          • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

            Please, don’t confuse “guest” with facts.

        • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

          The lawn doesn’t make a distinction between the voter or the one giving the ride. You should go read it again, and maybe understand what it says.

          • Guest

            The “lawn” is aimed at preventing campaigns from paying voters. If you had any semblance of legal knowledge, and you’ve made it oh so clear you do not, you’d know that the purpose of the law determines what it means. Again, if your profoundly stupid was correct, it would mean nobody could hire a taxi or pay bus fare to get to the polls as that is strictly paying for the expense of transportation as well.

          • Roy_Bean

            I always figure that when a democrat gets this riled up and abusive with their posts your probably hitting too close to home. Kind of like the “vast right wing conspiracy” when Wild Bill “wasn’t” porking Monica.

      • Matthew Hawkins

        Surrogate is not a legal term , but you were one.

        And you have never understood the law you are accusing her of breaking .

        • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

          I was an outspoken proponent of defeating Heidi Heitkamp, that’s for sure.

          What would have made me a surrogate, tough guy? Payment? Never happened. Coordination with the campaign? Berg was as distant with me as he was with the rest of the media, something I was actually critical of here on the blog.

          So either you don’t know what that word means, or you’re just making your usual wild, baseless allegations.

          • Matthew Hawkins

            Or I think you are a liar.

          • camsaure

            Quite the response from someone whom envisions himself as a legal expert or lawyer. Your immaturity is showing.

      • Dakotacyr

        Once again. Let s know when you get your law degree!

        • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

          I don’t think one needs to have a law degree to grasp this concept.

  • Dakotacyr

    Wow! Whine much? Berg ran a dirty campaign, Karl Rove dirty ads and all. They thought they had this election in the bag and blew it big time. Berg couldn’t even take the biggest county in the sate, his home county. It was the biggest upset in the state!

    Heidi is well known and well liked in ND. She built up much good will and the people elected her.

    You anger is palpable and yor feeble attempt to redefine her ailed miserably during the election and is ailing here. She will hold that seat as long as she wants it.

    Get over it!

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      Yeah, yeah. Heitkamp is so well liked…she barely won! Ha.

      It is amazing how you libs pull off this duplicity right in front of our faces though. Heitkamp talked about her positive campaign even as she was all but accusing Berg of wanting women to be raped. And Berg’s nasty campaign? It focused in Heitksmp’s policy positions and political associations.

      How dastardly!

      She won ugly, and in a way Forum Communications claims to hate, which just goes to show that form them the ends justify the means.

      • Dakotacyr

        Bwahahaha! dastardly??? That is hilarious! In a heavy republican state, yes she won. Even Republicans voted for her.

        She will keep that seat as long as she wants to because the citizens like her,’ the MAJORITY supported her despite the onslaught of negative and lying ads, which, if you remember ne, at least had to be taken down.

        Dastardly, was all you Rob! She played your game and beat you at it!

        • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

          I’m not sure I’m understanding your accusations now. First it was that Heitkamp is pure as the driven snow and only the stupid Republicans were nasty, but now you’re saying she played that game?

          I think you’d better get one of Heidi’s people to send you out another set of talking points. The proper line is to pretend like that “attacks women” stuff never happened.

          • noblindersonme

            Rob you are decending into the abyss of meaness and your bitterness is adhering you only to a dwindling rabble of like minded ‘sore losers’.

            Reread your stupid post ! all anger , narrow minded , filled with a school yard- like jealousy. Tell us , smart **s what would be a better choice HUH! . What or who should the Forum have chosen !!!That would be too difficult for you to do , you were so disgusted that you lost that you can’t think straight ( if you ever did) and a reasonable person would have offered an alternative pick.

            anyway at the end of the year most normal people take stock of the past year , reevaluate , contemplate what they could of changed and what they can do better in the future . It is called maturity! You ain’t got that ability! and frankly your record of the past year was abyssmal !

            You told us all how you felt the passing of a new farm bill was not very important ! How the capturing of Osama bin Laden was not such a big deal, “anyone coulda done it!” You shared with us how the Olympics were ‘a waste of time”! You supported whole heartedly the Measure 2 which would have repealed the state property tax and demonized anyone who disagreed with you and did pretty much the same on the anti smoking measure! ( how did that work out for you? 80% and 70% proved how much an idiot you are . You came to the rescue of drunk drivers on several occassions and decided to bash the superlative youthful organization SADD! AND YOU GOT ALL PISSY THAT MARLIYN HAGERTY some wonderful endearing attention.

            in otherwords you have exhibited more of the Mr Potter , Grinch and Scrooge characteristics that should disqualify you from commenting on who should be person of the year!

            or are you just pissed that they didn’t pick you?

    • David J Hallman

      Keep drinking your Koolaid you mental midget. Heidi is evil. Anyone that outright lies and there was no dirtier piece of crap campaign than hers. She built up good will by lying day in and day out. She is evil. The worst kind. The one that smiles while they do it.

  • DelawareBeachHouse

    What’s the Forum’s favorite Indian dish? Curryfavor.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      Exactly.

  • sbark

    In comparison to Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize………One has to think the media has annoint them prior to or as they enter political office—
    —-prior to them– actually voting on any issues,– showing complete lack of leadership, displaying extreme partisan views, jumping in bed with major Unions in exchange for campaign funds
    Once the Liberals are in office, showing no minute signs of governing as anything close to a moderate……….the media knows the gig is up, and once again they are exposed as political patsises just playing the fools.

  • borborygmi

    Seen this today and knew that conniptions were to follow. Whine, whine, complain, bitch, whine, stomp on the floor and throw a tantrum. Thanks for putting a smile on my face….HEHEHEHe

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      I don’t think its whining to point out that the Forum isn’t applying their own standards to the situation.

      It’s media toadying. The forum wants to be in Heidi’s good graces.

      • borborygmi

        It doesn’t matter the reasoning for the Forums selection. She did beat an incumbent, in a red state for a national office in a very contentious compaign with millions of dollars invested.

        Seeing the headlines I knew the predictable conniptions were sure to follow. You would not have been happy with anyone with a liberal leaning . Why don’t you name your person or perhaps persons of the year (Harold Hamm) instead of whining. ALthough it does put a smile on my face.

  • Stuart

    If you will follow the percentage of liberal left wing cartoons you should have a good idea which direction Marcell is taking the paper. It’s slanted to the left pretty far . And they never challenged the three amigos on any issues not even the Lock Box statements made on Social Security. In the tank?

  • jimmypop

    the person of the year should be “the oil field worker”. yes, its kinda cheesy, but im serious.

  • Spendryple

    Well as 2012 winds down, I can say that this blog was one of the few news sources that covered the Berg/Heitkamp race fairly. Rob you did a great job with it. I wish more people would stop subscribing to crap like the Forum and the Herald and pay attention to news sources like this one.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      Thanks, that’s very flattering.

      I like to think that one of the things that helps me be a more “fair” source is the fact that I don’t hide my biases. I don’t like Heidi Heitkamp or her politics, and I’m up-front about that when I write about her.

      That’s a more honest way of going about it, I think, unlike reporters who claim to be objective but are anything but.

      • noblindersonme

        now port is trying to dress up his hate for Heidi in a ‘positive spin!’ Didn’t the KKK use that as a justification? That is a stretch, I know, but to corelate his narrow minded and selfish views of todays political spectrum into a litany of positive adjectives such as ‘fair mindedness ‘ up front isms ‘and honesty is so much pure baloney!
        When I blog here I put on my blogging costume and assume the character of one not necessarily in tune with my real self. I “don’t hide my biases’ either and I don’t HIDE my my disgust for port’s views or his too often forays in self indulgent snarkery. and I am damn honest about it too ! Does THAT make me a moral equal to you PORT because I can engage in the same blogging theatrics you do! Think about it! When others behave EXACTLY as YOU do , you get all pissy !
        That is proof of the low threshold that is required here for political discourse.
        If you keep claiming to be disgusted by ‘the media ‘ etc etc then prove it by posts and opinions that seperate yourself from the gutter politics . But you won’t or can’t. Maybe I am more worthy of the label of ‘fairness ‘ and honesty because I also don’t hide from being disgusted by your politics, like dissing the farm bill, dissing Marilyn Hagerty , tolerating Karl Rove, bashing the anti smoking crowd …………
        I’d like to think that makes ME a’ more fair source’!

  • silverstreak

    It’s no stranger than Sandra Fluke being nominated for Time Magazine’s person of the year.
    Of course…I’m totally convinced that between the rigors of pursuing a law degree at Georgetown University ($50K a year tuition) and whining to Congressional committees so that she could have sex.
    Ms. Fluke just didn’t have the time to look in the Georgetown phonebook for the closet office for Planned Parenthood in her area. Where she could receive contraceptives at reduced cost or for free.
    Which by the way was 1.7 miles from her door.

    http://cryandhowl.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/timecover-obama.jpg?w=640

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