Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Public radio in South Dakota falls victim to Republican Party

On Dakota Midday Paul Guggenheimer interviewed, or to be more accurate, gave a virtual blowjob to Lucas Lentsch, the apparatchik mouthpiece of the South Dakota Republican Party.  Ben Nusselhuf, the hapless chairman of the bankrupt Democratic Party in that state who was also a guest on the program, managed to bumble through the show.

In his opening remarks, Lentsch willfully deployed the malapropism, "Democrat Party" that went uncorrected by the host.  Lentsch then lobbed the code words, "adult conversation" into a prolonged soliloquy that reminded Mr. Guggenheimer that his employer serves at the pleasure of a legislature looking again to cut with capricious whimsy the very programming that was chartered as a government-partnered watchdog.  In the smoky darkness of Bill Janklow's minds, a dog yelped.

It was horrifying.


1/25 Update.  It's only fair to share.  ip emailed into Midday asking a question to a visiting Canadian lobbyist who gave it an expectedly blythe brush-off.   Email addresses have been redacted.

-----Original Message-----
From: Larry Kurtz
Sent: Monday, January 24, 2011 12:34 PM
Subject: Keystone XL

What percentage of tar sands oil goes to China and why won't Canada
build a pipeline to its own coasts?

Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry

------Original Message------
From: Paul Guggenheimer
To: Larry Kurtz

Subject: RE: Keystone XL
Sent: Jan 25, 2011 1:58 PM


I would like very much to know who is behind the disgusting, neanderthal
comments made about me on the "interested party" site or blog or
whatever it is. I don't mind if someone has an issue with how I
conducted an interview as long as it's done with some level of class and
intelligence, which this anonymous person clearly lacks. I don't like it
when a coward doesn't have the guts to put his name behind his words.

I would greatly appreciate it if you would tell me who this person is
and how I can contact them.


Paul Guggenheimer

-----Original Message-----
Date: Tue, 25 Jan 2011 21:48:51
Reply-To:  Paul Guggenheimer

 Subject: Re: Keystone XL

I am that disgusting neanderthal, though not quite anonymous, coward with no class or level of intelligence, commenting on another red state failure with biting satire and disgust.

A comment from either you or Anonymous, under that post would serve as a public rejoinder to interested party that you vehemently and vigorously protest such barbaric and vituperative use of the English language at your expense.

It is with a light heart and heavy bowel that ip wishes you a great day,

Larry Kurtz

Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry


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larry kurtz said...

Thank you, Thad. Living on bread alone is exactly how journalism dies.