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The IR’s New Blog: On Politics, But None of Those Pesky Issues

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Off to a great start, the IR’s new blog on politics starts off with the singularly most important topic of the 2006 Senate race. Is it health care? No. The war? No. The stalled disaster relief for farmers? Nope.

It’s the crowd at the damn debate in Hamilton. I’m sorry to keep writing about this…I want to stop, honest, but I am so frustrated by the laziness of much of the coverage of this race–and the insane focus on non-issues that I can’t stop myself from responding. This isn’t a partisan issue; it’s a reflection on a broken system. How can representative government, which depends on an informed citizenry, continue to work when the Fourth Estate refuses to do its job? They’re like infants–distracted by shiny objects and easily amused. Of course, children grow out of that–but the media, alternatingly obsessed by and apologetic for its coverage of Monica Lewinsky, the Swift Boat liars, shark attacks, and entertainment news, never seem to grow or change.

As a side note, I wonder if it ever occured to someone that this quote, cited on the letters page of the IR and this new blog, might be a GOP talking point:

A Clancy resident noted that as he was leaving the debate one Helena-area resident noted: “They want to govern, but they don’t even know how to behave.”

Funny that Barbara Ford said this, in the latest issue of the MT-GOP E-Brief:

The debate did indeed provide me with the needed information: The Democrats want to rule but they have no idea of how to behave!

Golly…I wonder how two people could have come up with almost exactly the same phrase like that?  And I wonder if Barbara is Barbara Ford from Missoula, the past president of the Montana Federation of Republican Women?

Lazy, lazy, lazy.

I can already read the post-election editorial, decrying low voter turnout and the lack of an issues-based campaign. Don’t blame me for it, or hell, even Conrad Burns. How about writing an editorial about the failure of the media to cover anything that matters?

Update: The letter that the IR editor cited appeared in the paper today. Who was that gentleman from Clancy? Tim Fox. Who’s he? The Lewis and Clark County chair of the Burns campaign! That, my friends, is quality journalism on display.

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is a seventeen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.

His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.

In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

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