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Podcast: Fargo Forum Editor Talks About New Policy Treating Some Letters to the Editor as Advertising

Podcast: Fargo Forum Editor Talks About New Policy Treating Some Letters to the Editor as Advertising

“We are going to try and use our best judgment.” That’s what Fargo Forum editor Matthew Von Pinnon told me during a radio interview yesterday (full audio of the show below) about a new policy, embraced by Forum Communications newspapers, of charging for some types of letters to the editor. Full disclosure: I’m employed by Forum

There Is No Other Word for This Than Censorship

Student leaders at Concordia College in Moorhead have censored prominent conservative speaker Ben Shapiro. Specifically, they have voted to rescind funding for Shapiro’s speech which had previously been approved back in November as my colleagues Kim Hyatt and Patrick Springer report in the Fargo Forum. The cost of the speech was $7,080. A vote of

Why Shouldn’t We Have Free Speech in Church?

The Trump administration has been signaling their intent to roll back what’s called the Johnson Amendment. Essentially federal policies which prohibits 501(c)3 non-profit groups, including religious organizations like churches, from endorsing candidates. “Free speech shouldn’t stop at the door of our churches, synagogues and places of worship,” Vice President Mike Pence said at the annual meeting

Understand What the Term “Shouting Fire in a Theater” Means Before You Use It

“Comedian Kathy Griffin has proverbially shouted ‘fire’ in a movie theater and now is distraught over the consequences,” the Grand Forks Herald editorial states today. It’s a good editorial overall, skewering Griffin for playing the victim amid recent controversy, but I have to take exception to one part of the argument the editorial makes. The whole

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