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


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

Rob Port is the editor of 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.

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