A little experiment
During the most recent Rob Quist/Greg Gianforte debate, there was a climate change question. Quist offered an analogy of what the Earth might be like if burning fossil fuels continues unabated.
I challenge you (climate change skeptics) to go into your garage, start your car and see what happens.
While perhaps not the most contemplative response, it’s easy to interpret as a warning that our atmosphere could get pretty nasty.
The far right jumped on this quote as meaning “climate change skeptics should commit suicide.” While I’m not completely opposed to that notion, it does twist Quist’s statement in an unimaginable way.
I’d forgotten what an ugly, pandering website Breitbart News is. Here’s its take on the climate change quote, and Montana’s congressional race in general. If you need to upchuck your digestive tract, read the comments that follow.
Gianforte needs more money
Speaking of over-the-top language, I get a funding request everyday from the Gianforte campaign. Here’s a sample:
Wealthy liberal donors from New York and California are trying to buy this seat. They know my opponent is a gun-grabbing, job-killing radical Democrat who will impede Donald Trump and his agenda to “Make America Great Again” at every turn.
Besides the above quote having some syntax issues, the “buy this seat” line is particularly noteworthy. GOP PACs have already spent over $2.2 million on Quist attack ads, which rather dwarfs the $600,000 pledged by Democratic Party PACs.
I’ve seen this question asked, a lot, on social media. While I’d like to see our Democratic statewide elected officials stumping more for Quist, I realize that Gov. Steve Bullock and Sen. Jon Tester have other jobs to do. But where’s Brian Schweitzer?
It was the popular, former governor’s early endorsement that helped legitimize Quist’s campaign and earned him a number of voting delegates at the nominating convention. It’s time to follow up, Brian. How about a week on the road with Rob? It’s going to take a grassroots, person-to-person effort to beat back the big money Gianforte campaign, and your help would be most welcome.
Fox being eclipsed by Sinclair
It happened a couple of weeks ago in Montana. Sinclair Broadcast Group, the conservative media company, picked up TV stations in Missoula, Kalispell and the Butte/Bozeman viewing area.
Sinclair is the largest owner of local television stations in the U.S. It’s currently locked in a battle with Fox News to purchase Tribune Media, the second largest owner of local stations. The New York Times has some background on Sinclair. Here’s a quote from the story:
While much of the station’s local news broadcasts are filled with local news, Sinclair also provides commentary and syndicated reports from its Washington bureau that have generally taken stances critical of Democrats and laudatory of Republicans.
Great. At least the independently-owned Fox affiliates have autonomy from the Fox News cable channel — you know, the network of serial harassers Bill O’Reilly and Roger Ailes — but whatever company ends up owning Tribune, it’s a lot of concentrated media in the hands of a few.
And with Ajit Pai being elevated to chairman of the Federal Communications Commission by Donald Trump, things are only going to get worse.