Media Mashup: August 31, 2105

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The bison of Sioux Falls are far more impressive than those of San Francisco.

San Francisco or Sioux Falls, South Dakota?

After graduating from Sioux Falls Lincoln High School, I headed to the University of San Francisco. I recently returned to the Bay Area, where the landscape remained beautiful and the people rather harsh. I was accosted several times by the most aggressive homeless people I had seen since the 1980s in New York City and a ridiculously leftist city administration.

Meanwhile, Sioux Falls, about which I wrote a book a few years ago, has obtained many top rankings in recent years except for its winters.

Forbes has identified Sioux Falls as the fastest-growing area in the Midwest and ranked it third in 2015’s “Best Small Places for Businesses and Careers” list. USA Today deems Sioux Falls’ economy the nation’s fourth fastest-growing. 

As The Huffington Post opines, “San Francisco is starting to hear footsteps creeping up behind it.”

Like almost everything in the HuffPo, that comment is a bit of a stretch as the author clearly didn’t spend a usually frightful winter in South Dakota. Nevertheless, here are the details of Sioux Falls rising:

Freedom of Speech or Censorship?

A University of North Carolina-Wilmington criminology professor sets his students straight in the first class. “Let’s get something straight right now. You have no right to be unoffended. You have a right to be offended with regularity. It is the price you pay for living in a free society. If you don’t understand that you are confused and dangerously so.” See more at

Political Correctness or Stupidity?

A new Rasmussen Reports survey finds that 71% of American Adults think political correctness is a problem in America today, while only 18% disagree. Ten percent are undecided.

Only 20% think Americans have true freedom of speech today. Seventy-three percent (73%) think instead that Americans have to be careful not to say something politically incorrect to avoid getting in trouble.

Fortunately, people aren’t as stupid as many politicians think except those who actually think Joe Biden, a plagiarist and lazy thinker, would be a good president.

Christopher Harper is a longtime journalist, who reported in Europe and the Middle East. He teaches media law and international journalism. Send suggestions and tips to



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