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Media Trackers Defends Governor Who Compared Working Families to ISIS

Another giant scoop over at Media Trackers Montana as the organization has uncovered a Facebook post critical of Wisconsin governor Scott Walker posted by members of the Big Sky Central Labor Council. The dark media “news” organization finds itself outraged by the fact that the BSCLC dared to post a poorly attributed quote attacking unions by Adolf Hitler under a photo of the embattled Wisconsin governor.

Now, the comparison to Hitler was probably juvenile, even regrettable, but certainly not something terribly serious on a Facebook page that also features comics and web memes. It’s not as if a major Montana newspaper ran an editorial with a comparison to Hitler or something, but more on that later.

What is serious, though, was something Media Trackers managed not to mention, something that could well have sparked the post—Governor Walker compared union protesters, American workers and their families, to the threat of ISIS.

No outrage from Media Trackers Montana over that comparison, nor over the clear evidence that Walker has been involved in some incredibly shady campaign finance. No, the outrage is reserved for what was likely a private member of a labor organization posting on the group’s Facebook page.

And that’s what you’d expect from a “dark media” organization created for the express purpose of digging “up dirt on the left.” Masquerading as a news organization, they exclusively run stories critical of Democrats and labor organization, often shading the truth so badly as to make it unrecognizable.

An important difference between the Big Sky Labor Council and Media Trackers Montana is that you know who funds the former: workers across the state. Media Trackers, on the other hand, is funded through secretive donations from TEA Party-affiliated groups who want to crush the labor movement in this country.

The truth is that I probably don’t write enough about labor issues on this site. The war against organized labor in this country is at the forefront of the war against the middle and working classes. If you want to drive down wages, worsen working conditions, and strip away protections in the workplace all to enrich the corporate bottom line, the best avenue of attack is to go after unions—and the existence of corporate-funded news organizations like Media Trackers MT shows just how important it is to the right to destroy organized labor.

If you appreciate an independent voice holding Montana politicians accountable and informing voters, and you can throw a few dollars a month our way, we would certainly appreciate it.

About the author

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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  • It’s always hilarious to hear Don ranting about “dark money” and “shadow organizations” when the fact is the dark money group that went after Rehberg in 2012 was loudly praised on this same blog.
    Word of Advice, Don. If you’re going to go after evil partisan shadow non-profits with political agendas, maybe don’t sing their praises on easily searchable pages on the same blog. Otherwise, all your innuendo and condemnation just comes across as hypocritical. I’ll believe one word of what you say about dark money when you’re not also singing the praises of similar left wing groups in the state who also operate off the books.
    By the way, the same groups who run dark money groups like MT Hunters/Anglers also run the campaigns of Bullock/Tester/Walsh/Lewis etc. If any of your top Democrats really wanted to take a stand against dark money, you could stop having them run your political campaigns EVERY single cycle.
    But no, per usual, we only get upset when Republicans do it. When we do it, pay no mind…

    • 1. Only one party is working to limit/restrict/end the use of dark money. To argue that Democrats should unilaterally surrender to the Republicans in the meantime is insanity.

      2. This is not a newspaper. This is a clearly partisan blog. Most people understand that. Not all. Those who don’t are usually Republican voters.

      3. There’s a pretty serious difference between dark money and outfits that masquerades as news.

      4. Get your own blog and write about what you want? You’re welcome to comment here, of course, but you’re not going to change what I cover.


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