MINOT, N.D. — The plight of the newspaper industry, especially that of the smaller publications serving the rural parts of our state, has been depressing.
Without the local newspaper, who is covering the county commission meetings? And the city council meetings? And the park boards and the school boards and all the other types of meat-and potatoes journalism that is simultaneously prosaic and deeply vital to the health of our communities?
When we get news that someone is stepping in to own and operate one of these deeply important institutions, we should be happy.
But the news that a Trump-aligned talk radio company — one that traffics in election conspiracy theories, among other bizarre catechisms of the QAnon crowd — is buying a 114-year-old rural newspaper ought to alarm right-thinking North Dakotans.