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Bismarck Tribune Editors: Convenient Idiots PDF Print E-mail
Written by Chet   
Sunday, 15 April 2012 13:51

TribLast week I got to write about the editors of the Fargo Forum being cowards. They gave their "Leafy Spurge" award to "people" who criticized federal pork spending on things like hostpitals and roads.  They didn't even have the courage to narrow their criticism down to a political ideology. Not Republicans. Not conservatives. Not right-wingers. Just... "people."  It would have been crazy talk to ask them to name names, right? If they'd done that, then their buddies Rick Berg, John Hoeven, Jack Dalrymple, Kevin Cramer, Brian Kalk and all of North Dakota's other trough-feeding Teabaggers would have lashed out against the Forum.  


I named names.  

Sorry about that.

This week we need to ponder a sentence from the Bismarck Tribune's editorial today.  Here's the sentence:

The Keystone XL pipeline delayed by President Barack Obama was to carry about 100,000 barrels of North Dakota crude a day, and the company has shippers committed beyond that capacity. 

Bismarck Teabune

You might say to yourself, "Gosh! I don't see anything wrong with that sentence. I've been following local media, and I know this statement to be true because the Bismarck Teabune and Fargo Foolum would never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever lie to me."

Well, guess again.

There are only two things wrong with the Tribune's sentence:  (1)  The first half is false, and (2) the second half is false.

The Pipeline Was Not Delayed By President Barack Obama:  Imagine you work in any state government agency.  For discussion's sake, let's say you work at the Department of Transportation, Driver's License Division.  Let's say someone comes in to apply for a driver's license. Let's say they take the form, write their name on the top line, turn it in to you with their application fee and ask for their license. They won't give you their address, date of birth, social security number, or even your height and weight. When you reject their application for being incomplete, whose fault is it that the application has been "delayed?"  Is it YOUR fault?  Or is it the applicant's fault?

That's what happened with the Keystone XL application.  TransCanada asked for permission to build a pipeline, but didn't complete the application form. Then the rocket scientists in Congress voted to force the State Department to either accept or reject the incomplete application BEFORE TransCanada could have a chance to fill it out.  

Then, stupid people blame Obama.

Brilliant political tactic, right?

If only the American public were smart enough to understand.

The Keystone XL Was Not Ever Going To "carry about 100,000 barrels of North Dakota crude" Per Day:  It wasn't. You know what the commitment was from TransCanada?  They said they would carry some Bakken Crude. Not 100,000 barrels.  And not North Dakota Bakken crude. TransCanada said they'd carry 65,000 barrels from North Dakota, Montana and, possibly, Saskatchewan.  Jim Fuglie wrote about this before, after he and I got all the Governor's records on this issue:

There is an agreement between Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer, negotiated in 2010, and announced jointly by Gov. Schweitzer and TransCanada officials on September 13, 2010, at a press conference in Billings, Montana, to “construct onramps and offramps for the receipt and delivery of oil from Montana producers at points on the Keystone pipeline that had been announced by TransCanada.”

That, of course, was the Montana Governor’s take on the agreement, or at least his public proclamation. Read: This is a big deal for Montana.

Except that it wasn’t.

TransCanada worded it a little differently. In a 2011 press release, TransCanada said “In the fall of 2010, TransCanada went to the market with a proposal to move Bakken crude oil production by constructing a receipt facility at Baker, Montana. The open season was successful allowing TransCanada to sign firm contracts for 65,000 bpd of crude oil from the Bakken to key U.S, refining markets. The open season for this project closed on November 19, 2010. The Bakken Marketlink project will provide receipt facilities to transport up to 100,000 bpd of crude oil from the Williston Basin producing region inNorth Dakota and Montana . . .”

If TransCanada says that’s the deal, then that’s the deal. They will let 100,000 barrels of crude oil, from somewhere in the Bakken region of North Dakota and Montana (and possibly Saskatchewan), into the pipeline. Not, as Governor Schweitzer says, 100,000 barrels of Montana crude. Not, as Governor Dalrymple says, 100,000 barrels of North Dakota crude. Nice try guys.

And note to Governor Dalrymple: TransCanada says there are contracts for only 65,000 barrels, not 100,000, and that those contracts are not all from North Dakota. Those numbers, Governor, come from documents provided to me and to a fellow blogger, who requested them, by your office.

The Prairie Blog (Jim Fuglie) as crossposted on NorthDecoder.com

Sorry, Tribune editors. No matter how many times you repeat a lie, or how hard you wish it to be true, the lie does not somehow magically become true.

Not only does the Tribune NOT report important North Dakota news about ongoing criminal investigations at state agencies in Bismarck, when they do report, they get all the facts wrong.

... which raises the question: "What's the point of subscribing to the Tribune if they get all the facts wrong when the finally get around to reporting on things?"

Excellent question.

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random said:

The major newspapers in this state are a disgrace. I come from a family that always had a daily newspaper delivered. I even subscribed myself in college. When I fist started working in the early 70s, I got the Minot Daily News. When I moved to Fargo in the lated 70s, I got the Forum. In the 80s and 90s I got the Herald when living in the GF area(it seemed like a decent paper then). When I moved back to the Minot area about 10 years ago, I subscribed again the the Daily News. But after about 5 years I got so frustrated reading the Minot Daily, Fox News of newspapers,(and expressing my concerns to the editor) that for the first time in my life, I no longer had a daily paper being delivered.

I tried getting the GF Herald by mail for about a month, but it wasn't the same paper I remembered from the 80s and 90s. Today I no longer get a daily paper and get almost all my news from the internet. I do subscribe to the Minneapolis StarTrib online, but there is not a paper in ND worth spending money on. Very sad.
April 15, 2012
Votes: +2

Chet said:

Hoeven's Pathology
Even John Hoeven has dialed back his lies about the Keystone XL, a little. here's what he says TODAY:

Similarly, we have strongly advocated the building of the Keystone XL pipeline, which will increase the domestic oil supply of the United States by about 830,000 barrels a day, including 100,000 from western North Dakota and Montana.


Hoeven's obviously dialing back his lie because WE'VE been calling him on it. Not all the way, mind you, as he's still using the fictitious 100,000 barrel number instead of the slightly more truthful TransCanada 65,000 barrel MT/ND number. What's funny is that the only reason Hoeven has started dialing back his pathological lying is that he feared the traditional media was going to start calling him on it.

He's waaaay overestimated the intellectual firepower available to North Dakota's media.
April 15, 2012
Votes: +0

chetsucks said:

More propaganda and lies from Chet.
April 17, 2012
Votes: -1

Chet said:

For any rookies out there who don't get what "chetsucks" is doing
In case this isn't obvious, what "chetsucks" is doing is he comes here and writes comments relating to stories he thinks are unimportant. That way, the more important stories don't show up in the left-column "latest comments" list. He's a paid NDGOP operative.

My suggestion for you is that when he succeeds in getting all the more important stories bumped from the front page "latest comments" list, don't (do as I'm doing right here and) comment on the same post. Instead, comment on the more worthwhile posts to get them back on the front page "latest comments" list.

Food for thought.
April 17, 2012
Votes: +0

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