North Dakota media insider Rob Port, who blogs for Forum Communications, has the easiest job in America: he sits at a computer and criticizes without citing evidence.
He’s a troll on a payroll.
A perfect example came yesterday in an article he wrote in response to the controversial decision by Senate Republicans to silence Senator Elizabeth Warren as she spoke against the nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions, Trump’s pick for attorney general.
Port, who argued that Senate Republicans made a mistake, described Warren as a “fool” who was “ranting” against Sessions.
He called her speech against Sessions a “tirade” by someone who lacks “adult behavior.”
With that kind of criticism, you’d expect some evidence. What was it about the speech that was childish? What about her was foolish? How was it a rant?
Port doesn’t offer a single quote from the speech as an example. If you actually watched Warren’s speech, you’d see that she makes a methodical case against a nominee she deeply disagrees with. She cites Sessions’s record. She cites public statements that have been made by other people about Sessions (including a letter by Coretta Scott King that so offended Senate Republicans that they voted to formally silence Warren.)
If you don’t like Warren, fine. If you think her speech was shit, fine. But if you’re going to call her or anyone names — and do so while on the payroll of the state’s largest media organization — you should be making at least a basic effort to back it up with some substance.