Shelley Lewis, Moorhead, Published January 29 2014
Letter: Forum not digging deep enough into truth about F-M diversionThe “New flood control option ...” article buried on Page A8 of the Jan. 24 Forum poses questions. Why is the controversial topic of the F-M diversion project, one directly affecting the residents of Fargo and Moorhead, not newsworthy enough for a front-page headline? Why is the article titled “New flood control option ...” when the option is not new at all but, rather, found to be an effective option in a study funded, and then dismissed, by the Diversion Authority itself? Might the Diversion Authority’s decision to ignore the results of that particular study stem from the fact the study finds the planned diversion to be unnecessary and a waste of taxpayer money?
The Forum quoted Brad Wimmer, Fargo city commissioner and Diversion Authority board member, who had plenty of condescending comments printed in the article. Was he asked (and was his response reported) about the Diversion Authority’s decision to disregard this study’s results? Was Wimmer asked what the so-called “benefits” are to Clay County? Was he asked what he meant by “messing their lives a little bit”?
One reason for the less-than-obvious placement of the article is, very likely, that much pertinent information was absent from the report. Forum editors are probably frantically digging to find all the facts, the real truths, that continue to be muddied by Diversion Authority propaganda – propaganda distributed unintentionally by their newspaper.
Once Forum reporters and editors review Journalism 101 and provide readers with objective, balanced and unbiased news reports regarding the proposed F-M diversion project, the Diversion Authority will be found not to be a group of “authority” after all.
Forum readers deserve “unmentioned” truths reported in a follow-up article. For real truths, readers should go to fmdam.org.