Say Anything (blog)
|Type of site||Conservative/Free Market, Libertarian blog|
|Launched||September 3, 2003|
Say Anything is a popular political and current events blog created and run by Rob Port of Minot, ND who has proclaimed the website to be "North Dakota's most popular political blog." It consists of a "main page" section with multiple contributors and a "reader blogs" section that is open for public posting. The blog was started on September 10, 2003 and has since become the most widely read political blog in North Dakota, and one of the most widely read in the nation as well. Currently Say Anything is listed at #79 on Wikio's list of the internet's most influential political blogs and has been nominated twice for the Weblog Awards' "Best Conservative Blog" category (2005 and 2007).
Say Anything, in keeping with its title, is unique among high-traffic blogs in that it does not require commenters to register and does not ban commenters on a regular basis, except, of course, those commenters that disagree with the blogger, or call attention to lies or misdirection in the blogger's posts--they are banned and comments removed, selectively, to make the blogger appear competent or to further the blogger's opinion through omission. This creates a free-wheeling comments section which is often filled with personal insults, most of which are true, and mildly off-color language, but also with diversity of thought and ideology[according to whom?]. This same mindset is also applied to the posts in the reader blogs section which frequently feature writings by authors from all parts of the political spectrum, but mostly by conservative commentators. Liberal commentators, though fewer, contribute regularly and vigorously to ensure balanced debates.
Unlike a lot of blogs, Say Anything's reach extends beyond its domain through a number of different syndication arrangements. Front page posts were syndicated on Reiten Broadcasting's CBS affiliate websites in western North Dakota, though they aren't any longer. Front page posts are also featured in a number of mainstream media outlets such as Reuters, USA Today, The Houston Chronicle and the Chicago Sun-Times through the Newstex content syndication service.
On August 18, 2008 Rob Port began broadcasting the Say Anything Show on WZFG (AM1100), a radio station in the Fargo/Moorhead area. The show airs Monday - Friday evenings from 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm Central time. On Monday, April 12, Port also began hosting a morning drive-time version of the program, the "Say Anything Morning Show" airing on AM1100 Monday - Friday mornings from 6:00 am – 8:00 am Central time. For a time Port hosted both the morning show and the evening show, but presently only hosts the morning show. The evening show has been taken over by a roster of conservative hosts.
Indian reservation banishment
In 2007, after writing an op/ed for The Dakota Beacon entitled "The Appalling State Of Our Indian Reservations", Say Anything's owner and chief contributor Rob Port made national headlines when he was banished from the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation by the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa. According to an Associated Press accounting of the event:
The resolution by the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa says Rob Port's column was "injurious to the peace and seriously threatens the general welfare, health, safety, political security and prosperity" of the tribe and others in North Dakota.
The resolution banning Port was passed using the Turtle Mountain Chippewa's "exclusion code" which was instituted to allow the tribe to keep undesirables such as drug dealers and sex criminals off of the reservation. In a posting on Say Anything Port said that his banishment was politically motivated and not in keeping with the original intent of the exclusion code. He also wrote that he was not provided due process prior to his banishment in accordance with the tribe's own code which required notification of the person to be banished and an opportunity to appear before the tribal council. Port claims that he received neither a notification of the banishment nor an opportunity to appear before the council.
- "Say Anything reader blogs". Archived from the original on June 27, 2008. Retrieved July 13, 2008.
- "Weblog Award nomination, 2005". Archived from the original on November 1, 2013. Retrieved July 13, 2008.
- "Weblog Award nomination, 2007". Archived from the original on April 20, 2014. Retrieved July 13, 2008.
- "Syndication on KXNET". Archived from the original on September 30, 2011. Retrieved July 13, 2008.
- "Newstext syndication". Archived from the original on July 8, 2008. Retrieved July 13, 2008.
- "First Broadcast of Say Anything Show". Archived from the original on February 14, 2012. Retrieved October 14, 2008.
- ""The Appalling State Of Our Indian Reservations", Say Anything op-ed". Archived from the original on February 8, 2012. Retrieved July 13, 2008.
- "Blogger Banished". Archived from the original on August 24, 2007. Retrieved July 13, 2008.