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Gov. Noem: Why Didn't South Dakota Reporters Cover The 'Real Life Impacts of the Loss of the Pipeline?'

By Quinn Weimer | February 5, 2021 | 12:43pm EST
South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R).  (Getty Images)
South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R). (Getty Images)

In light of the recent cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline by President Joe Biden, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem (R) criticized the South Dakota media for not reporting on how Biden’s decision is killing thousands of jobs and hurting South Dakotans.

“Why is it that no South Dakota reporters covered the real life impacts of the loss of the pipeline?” said Noem at a Feb. 4 press conference.

At the press conference, Noem handed out copies of a Washington Examiner article that described the lives of now-unemployed pipeline workers, their families, and people who earn a living in relation to the pipeline work.

"The article talks about Laurie Cox, who runs a hotel in Midland,” said the governor.  “She's not sure how she's going to make ends meet and most of her clientele were pipeline workers. She says that she and the workers became like family in recent months. ”

"The article also references Trudy Flesner, who runs a truck stop in Milesville,” said Noem. “Trudy expanded her operation in anticipation of extra business to provide lodging and services to those who were working on the pipeline. And now that expanded investment appears to be wasted.”

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“It's an excellent piece of reporting because it goes beyond the data and the statistics to tell the personal stories behind this executive action,” she said.

"I want to have a candid conversation with all of you," Noem said to the journalists there. "This article was written by an organization and an entity out of Washington, D.C. Why is that? Why is it that no South Dakota reporters covered the real life impacts of the loss of the pipeline?”

Noem then called out reporters for their liberal bias towards the Biden administration.

"If I had taken an action that had ended hundreds or thousands of jobs in South Dakota with the stroke of a pen, I know for a fact that all of you would have covered it," said Gov. Noem. "I know that if former President Trump had taken an action that had ended hundreds or thousands of jobs for South Dakota families, you would have covered that. And that's how it should be. But frankly, I would expect all of you to treat this new administration exactly the same way. Let's make sure we hold them to the same standard."

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