Liberty Minnesota recently hosted an event held Friday, September 13th at the University of Minnesota. The event kicked off our Liberty Minnesota Free Communities Project and featured local mayors, city council members, movie directors, and award winning journalist Ben Swann who talked about his new Truth in Media project.
In her Hot Dish Politics article published on September 17th, Star Tribune writer Rachel Stassen-Berger not only alleges that Ben Swann is a conspiracy theorist and ‘9/11 Truther’, but goes on to criticize several Republican candidates for having a presence at this “controversial” event. The article concludes with a quote from the left wing group ‘Alliance for a Better Minnesota’ demanding an apology from Jeff Johnson, a Republican gubernatorial candidate, for associating with a ‘truther’.
Liberty Minnesota finds nothing controversial about encouraging local voters to participate in their city governments. Liberty Minnesota does, however, find it ironic that our ‘Truth in Media’ event was distorted by local media.
We believe the author’s article makes Ben Swann’s point for him; that there is often little truth in media and if we want the truth, we must research the actual facts for ourselves. The author of the article did not attend the event in question, nor even bother to contact Swann to ask whether in fact he was a ‘truther’. If the article was better researched the author would have heard what actual attendees of the event heard: that Ben Swann is not a ‘truther’ and in no way believes our government had anything to do with the 9/11 attacks. As he has said multiple times, he was simply doing what real investigative journalists do by asking questions that get to the heart of the story. We believe that this is the type of reporting the Star Tribune should expect from its contributors.
Furthermore, Ben Swann has won two Emmy Awards and two Edward R. Murrow awards for his work in journalism. He covered the Mexican drug war for a number of years prior to becoming a prime time anchor with WXIX in Cincinnati. This year he started his Truth in Media project and his videos already have over 10 million views in over 140 countries. A journalist like Ben Swann deserves more respect than this article gave, and he should have at the very least been contacted prior to the publication of this libelous article.
We also found it telling that the author didn’t feel it was necessary to mention that a DFL candidate for Congress in Congressional District 2 was also present at the event. We can only assume that this did not fit the author’s narrative. Liberty Minnesota is not afraid to call out members of either party when they act to restrict or take away the individual liberty of Minnesotans. We are equally ready to criticize the incessant left/right bias coming from national and local media when it distorts the truth, as this recent Star Tribune article did.
We ask that Rachel Stassen-Berger retract her misleading and poorly-researched article and apologize to both Liberty Minnesota and the candidates that she called out. We would like to invite Ms. Stassen-Berger, Alliance for a Better Minnesota, and any interested Star Tribune readers to watch the footage of our event for themselves available soon here at LibertyMinnesota.com.
We are looking for people to help support liberty minded candidates with their city council campaigns in cities which have 2013 elections, throughout Minnesota. If you would like to help with a campaign, or run for a city council position, please let us know. We are still looking for electable, liberty minded candidates in all the following cities.
|CITY NAME||COUNTY NAME||CITY NAME||COUNTY NAME|
|Circle Pines||Anoka||Sacred Heart||Renville|
|Falcon Heights||Ramsey||St. Louis Park||Hennepin|
|Golden Valley||Hennepin||St. Anthony||Ramsey|
|Lino Lakes||Anoka||St. Paul||Washington|
|Mahtomedi||Washington||White Bear Lake||Ramsey|
|Maplewood||Ramsey||White Bear Lake||Washington|