How About Some Accurate Headlines?

From the Missoulian this afternoon:

Montana House approves bill to prevent coerced abortions

This is actually a bill that mandates a one-hour wait before a woman is able to receive an abortion, an effort to restrict access. It’s an absolutely misleading headline on a very controversial bill. Had the Republican sponsor truly been interested in protecting patients from coercion, surely he would have mandated a one-hour wait for every procedure, right?

From the Billings Gazette earlier today:

Montana GOP jobs bills clear key hurdles

This story describes one bill that dramatically reduces worker’s compensation benefits and another that will dramatically reduce environmental protection in Montana. Just because the Montana GOP has labeled this initiatives “jobs” bills certainly doesn’t mean that they are.

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba has been writing about Montana politics since 2005 and teaching high school English since 2000. He's a 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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  • There was a great Australian running coach named Percy Cerruty. He trained many of the world's great milers. He was kind of a crotchety old dude, but very, very wise. He considered Americans to be beyond help. He thought that they were lazy as hell, ingorant, and generally stupid. And I guess they were by his standards, for even in his later years he would train at unbelievable rates. He was fond of going out and running himself to exhaustion as inspiration to his runners. Then, before the race, he would say to them, "You may run faster than me today, but you WON'T run harder"!

    He referred to Americans as "hopeless bastards".

    I thought of Percy when I read your post. These newspaper editors here in Montana are the biggest bunch of hopeless bastards I have EVER seen in my life! They are a disgrace to the Fourth Estate! By GOD I can't understand how these limp bastards look at themselves in the mirror each morning!

    I mean, look, these wussies live here too. They SHOULD have some sort of vested interest in Montana. But it SURE AS HELL doesn't seem like it! I've gotta agree with Percy Cerutty on this one. These yahoos are INDEED hopeless bastards! And lazy, venal wussies too! They prefer KEEPING their jobs rather than actually DOING their jobs! Must be hell living on their knees! Isn't that how Monica Lewinsky mader her living too? Do they issue kneepads for these editors? I'm thinkin' that they do.

    HEY, the rest of us out here aren't afraid to do what needs to be done. Why are they? Sad, so sad.

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