A recent editorial best describes the Bismarck Tribune in recent years: "Lost its way."

Since the Tribune brought in a new publisher from the East Coast, Gary Adkisson, the newspaper has moved away from the thoughts and feelings of most North Dakotans.

The newspaper attacks Trump. It attacks energy development. It attacks business, the legislature and the governor. It demands bigger government and more programs while disparaging the leaders, industries and policies that have made North Dakota economically successful and a great place to live.

Simply put, the Tribune's staff increasingly chooses and promotes slanted stories giving us half-truths on complicated issues. The newspaper repeatedly echoes the talking points of radical environmental and marginal groups without giving fair consideration to both sides and excluding factual explanations of the issues. In only the last week, the newspaper has chastised our state's economic and political leaders while calling for us to export our energy knowledge to Saudi Arabia.

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Readers are beginning to realize that the newspaper's content is part clickbait and part agenda because its message ignores the fact that North Dakota continually tops the charts for careers, starting businesses and raising families.

Adkisson has brought the chaotic, divisive and agenda-style reporting of East Coast newspapers to our state and he shows that a new moral compass is more than needed at the helm of our local newspaper.

Dave Nehring, Bismarck

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