So Joel Dykstra takes the Madville Times' advice and does some serious campaigning in Aberdeen... although you'd never know it from the KELO coverage. "Dykstra Visits Voters in Aberdeen," says KELO's Northern Tier correspondent Erich Schaffhauser in his headline. And that's the only substantive thing he reports about what Dykstra did.
Schaffhauser reports Dykstra held a town hall meeting for voters in Aberdeen Monday. "As Dykstra talked with voters in the Hub City, voters shared concerns about problems they say need some fixing."
What are those problems? The reporter quotes one voter's general assessment that the economy is in the tank (well, just "kind of in the tank," so perhaps we ought not worry so much). Another says vets should "be treated treated as a number one citizen," such as when... oh, wait, the reporter doesn't give any examples (like this?). The only comment from Dykstra in the whole report is something about how he'll catch heck from his wife if he conforms to Washington and forgets about South Dakota.
I assume the town hall ran for at least an hour. Are you telling me, Mr. Schaffhauser, that in that whole time, Dykstra said nothing specific about any policy that you found newsworthy? He didn't lay out a single new idea for his vision for South Dakota and for the federal government?
Uff da. Even I can't believe a Dykstra event would be that devoid of content. Fire up, Erich! Give us more to work with!
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