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SD Watch’s Big Week of Media Whoredom

Posted by tdepp on January 13, 2009

When it snows, it pours like a ripped bag of flour.

Big media week here at South Dakota Watch Tower.

  • Tonight, 6 p.m., KSFY-TV–I’m discussing some proposed federal changes in employment law.  (No, I won’t be on Wheel of Felons, unfortunately.  And yes, the irony of this is not lost on me.)
  • Sometime this week, purplestates.tv–I shot a video (actually, videos) on the economy and other topics that the nice folks at purplestates.tv will turn into TV magic.  They are featuring 50 bloggers from 50 states in 50 days.
  • 10:30 a.m. CT and 10:30 p.m. CT, Sunday, KELOLAND-TV–My favorite Republican Joel Rosenthal and I will be on Inside KELOLAND to discuss just how great my Man Crush, President Barack Obama, will be for South Dakota, the nation, and the world.  Maybe I can work in some thoughts on Doug Lund while I’m there.

Live and direct, it’s South Dakota Watch on the air!  Stay tuned, fellow babies!


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Nemesis v. Enemy–Some Lund Thoughts

Posted by tdepp on January 13, 2009

Unfortunately, my blogosphere spat with “retired” KELOLAND anchor Doug Lund has hit the Main Stream Media.  The Rapid City Journal’s The Fives today picks up on Pat Powers’ coverage on SD War College from yesterday of Doug’s attempt at Randell Beckian “humor.”

Basically, Lund made up a bunch of crap that he thinks South DaCola’s Scott Ehrisman and I would say to each other.  It was childish, untrue, and without any real news peg.  I had responded on Lund’s blog on KELOLAND about his pesonal attack.  Scott responded with both barrels on his blog at Lund.  Frankly, I was trying to handle my further concerns about this through private means.  But of course, in cyberspace, there is no such thing as “private.”

Which led me to think about something I had read some time ago about having an enemy and having a nemesis.

Your enemy hates you and would step on your neck.  Your nemesis competes with you and might even try to screw you over, but when push comes to shove, they’ll help you out in a pinch.

I’d consider Steve “Sibby” Sibson at Sibby Online a nemesis.  He gives me hell on a fairly regular basis.  Sometimes I think what he writes about me is very mean and sometimes just plain kooky.  And sometimes I’ll let Steve have it back.  But I wish Steve no ill will and I think he wishes me none.  We just have different world views.  And we’re kind of like a couple of teenagers who like to tease each other, sometimes past the point of what is really polite.

In fact, I think we actually kind of like each other.  Steve and I hunted together in 2007 at Nic Nemec’s place near Holabird and had a great time together.  We’ve met at other times and had pleasant conversations.  I know if I were stranded by the side of the road, I know he’d help me.  And I’d do the same for him.

With Lund, unfortunately, I’m afraid I’d have to place him in the enemy category.  He seems full of hate and anger towards me.  I’m not sure where it comes from.  I was never wild about his skills as an anchor or journalist but my own view of Lund never really rose to dislike.  More like, not caring.  Lund was just there then he was sort of gone.  Obviously, the feeling is not mutual for Lund.   He has some sort of jones for the Toddmeister.  Go figure.  I’m not all that damn interesting or powerful.

And admittedly, I am not without sin. I’ve sometimes gone too far, been too bitter, and written without mindfulness and proportion in my own blogging toward others.  Like Lund, I’m not perfect either.  But I am working on it.

So, Doug, no rant back at you.  I simply feel sorry for you that you are so full of vitriol. I hope you find some peace in your life.  Namaste.  

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The SD Watch Big Dog Continues to Eat First at KELOLAND.com!

Posted by tdepp on January 11, 2009

Once again, the South Dakota Watch big dog eats at KELOLAND.com.  It is again the overwhelmingly most read local blog for December.  Almost 200,000 page views last month, fellow babiesQ

It isn’t even close.  Come on guys, step it up, will ya?! 😉

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Black Hills Monitor: Lee Enterprises Stock Now a Penny Stock

Posted by tdepp on January 6, 2009

My old boss at South Dakota Public TV, Larry Miller at the Black Hills Monitor, has a thoughtful piece on the dismal status of Lee Enterprises stock.

Lee owns the Rapid City Journal and a number of other local weeklies as well as a number of other dailies across the country.

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A Shout Out to Newspaper Death Watch

Posted by tdepp on January 5, 2009

If you aren’t following Newspaper Death Watch and you care about newspapers and journalism, you should be.

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