January 15, 2011 at 6:00 pm in INFORUM
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Tags: columns, Matthew Von Pinnon, Moorhead hockey, Opinion, public information 11 Comments »
Mind your own business! You are just trying to make a story out of nothing. The reason you can’t “access any information” is because there isn’t any. “Verbal Taunting” is not news and it is something every child will need to learn to put up with. If I had a dime for every time I was “verbally taunted” I would be a billionaire. Go find something else to report you “lame, fat, stupid, ignorant, weakling with no friends, and I did this and that to your mother!” Oh, I’m sorry! Was I “verbally taunting” you?
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MHS followed the rules..the coach and players were disiplined and the situation will be watched in the future. It seems The Forum just wants to dig up dirt for sensationalism! Why doesn’t thepaper get back to objective real news reporting and quit acting like The Globe and some of the other hideous muck raking bottom feeding excuses for journalism. We didn’t need to hear about Bohl’s driving indescretions, the DUI arrests of two ministers or a number of other articles that have appeared recently. It seems the paper likes to drag people down!
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Amen to both comments. I am trying to click on thumbs up and get an error. It has been years since I considered the Forum to be a serious reporting newspaper.
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Is the Forum REALLY interested in “fighting for the publicâ€™s right to know,” or do they just want a sensational story for their front page? I expect such behavior from the media here in Los Angeles, but not in the town where I was born and raised.
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The Forum WILL get the information if it is indeed deemed public by law. Example: The donor list which the FF Arena Finance Committee refused to hand over. The Forum contacted the right state office, and weeks later the City attorney was insisting on the Committee’s cooperation. The list was subsequently made available, because, BY LAW, they had to.
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Let it go. The five involved student-athletes (one complainant, four who were disciplined) have gone through enough already. The students and teachers at the school know who they are. Everyone in the Spud hockey community knows what happened. Its over. It has been dealt with. It is behind them. Coach Morinville and the team will rise above all of this and it would surprise me in the end if they don’t finish well at the state tournament. As a team.
Matt, since you have arrived at the Forum you have been on a crusade, under the auspices of being the all-knowing truth seeker for the community, to expose anything that the Forum sees as being tawdry or sensational. Whether its humiliating BCBSND employees by publishing their salaries on the front page or now this, the Forum is very fond of “exposing the truth,” and as you state nearly every Sunday, you’re not afraid to throw thousands of dollars to your lawyers and sue for what you think you are entitled to get. Why must you turn the Forum into a gossip rag? What you term the public’s right to know in this situation, I interpret as as an effort to gin up some controversy in an effort to sell papers with a sensational story.
But there isn’t a sensational story here Matt. If there is any bullying being done here, it is by the Forum. Let these boys and their families be. Its done, its over. They’ve all put it behind them. Its time for the Forum to do the same.
Excellent words, Wayne. We will see if the Forum has the good sense and judgment to follow your lead. Unfortunately, I doubt they will.
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Sensationalize the news or not, either it is public information or it is not. The 911 calls, people don’t want the information disclosed. Here it seems they want it brought out. People need to make decisions not on emotion but on the law. You cannot vote everytime there is an opportunity to dispense information.
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Agreed with everyone else here. It will be funny if all they find out is some kid got tea-bagged or something haha!!! Hockey has always been about locker room shenanigans, no one really cares exactly what the situation is and the kid who complained about it probably isn’t a real hockey player anyway.
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I normally come down on the side of the public’s right to know when it bennefits the public. However, each situation is different. How would pulishing all the details of this incident help the public? Who bennefits and who gets hurt from releasing this information? There is no bennefit other than allowing some to gossip about how unruly those Moorhead hockey players are and the victim get victimized again. Kids make dumb mistakes, it is when adults ignore those mistakes that there is a problem. That was not the case here, mistakes were made and consequences handed out. Let it go, no one bennefits from dragging this out any further.
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Amen to that! This local paper that seems to be striving for the label of tabloid is an embarrassment to this community. Nothing happened in that locker room that hasn’t happened in the hallways of every high school in this country. Does that make it right? No. But it certainly doesn’t give the Forum the right to drag the name of a well respected and proud hockey program through the mud! Especially in this year when the eyes of the state will be upon us for Hockey Day Minnesota. No, instead Forum reporters saw that as an added way to twist the knife by calling the organizers of the event to see if they would still in fact allow us to host it. Grow up Forum, quit putting out this trash and trying to stir up controversy. Leave these kids alone, this is a great hockey program and one to be proud of. That should be your story!!
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