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Sinclair Station Gives Gianforte Glowing Coverage…KPAX Reveals What Really Happened

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During a routine visit to a middle school classroom in Kalispell on Monday, 7th grade students in Mr. Fox’s history class were given a civics lesson by Greg Gianforte and no one can state the basics of that lesson more clearly than Rep. Gianforte:

“I love coming to Mr. Fox’s class. The kids are well prepped, they’ve been studying the Constitution, and they want to know how Washington works — or doesn’t work.” via KECI/NBC Montana

“How Washington works — or doesn’t work.” A little trite, but no one has ever claimed that Gianforte was much more than soundbites and allegiance to extremist ideology.

While the throwaway line would normally mean nothing the reporter here shows accidentally, or maybe under duress, a perfect illustration of what really happened that day.

I read the KECI story online and then found another story about the event that KPAX published and some telling visuals of the real questions students asked that day.

(Perhaps KPAX should blur out the names of minors, but alas, one problem at a time.)

You’ll notice at 19 seconds of the video clip a copy of the questions that were asked that day by the students is shown.

Here is a screenshot of that footage with the names of minors crossed out and a crucial question not mentioned in the KECI story.

The underlined question above states:

“…your assault of Ben Jacobs and when it happened did you think it would impact…”

I have confirmed with a parent of a student in the room that a question was asked to Rep. Gianforte about his conviction for assaulting a reporter and the impact that would have on the children of Montana, especially considering the epidemic of bullying.

Why Sinclair owned KECI/NBC Montana chose not to report on this raises troubling questions of bias.

Mr. Gianforte could have responded thoughtfully to this question, he could have shown these children that a person can be wrong in their life, make amends and help others learn from that mistake, especially children. Instead, Mr. Gianforte answered, according to my sources, that ‘he doesn’t talk about that’ and further he decided to denigrate his own employer, the U.S. government.

I think this is a fairly perfect civics lesson of “how Washington works — or doesn’t work.” Thanks for that quote Rep. Gianforte, I needed that reminder, while we have always had an imperfect union, we have always strived for better, and achieved progress. It seems that your progress is only deflection and now attempts to run for higher office.

The people of Montana will have questions of you in the future Rep. Gianforte, please try to respond civilly. We must have civility, Rep. Gianforte.

(Kudos to the KPAX reporter for the image of the questions!)

 

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  • Sinclair is FOX Skews Jr., nothing but a tRump propaganda corporation.

    The “editorials” from Boris Epshteyn are required as a matter of Sinclair policy.

    “Boris Epshteyn is the Senior Political Analyst for Sinclair Broadcasting Group and former advisor to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. Epshteyn was born in Moscow, in the Soviet Union in 1982. His family immigrated to New Jersey in 1993.
    snip…
    Sinclair Broadcasting Group, of which Epshteyn is now a key player, is currently attempting to purchase Tribune Media, giving them the ability to reach roughly 70% of the American population. On the heels of the Tribune purchase, it was announced yesterday that Sinclair will boost required airings of “The Bottom Line with Boris Epshteyn” from just three segments per week, to nine segments.”

    https://www.columbusnavigator.com/boris-epshteyn-sinclair-columbus/

  • Greg Gianforte believes that earth is less than 10,000 years old. You can’t even walk outside in Montana without tripping over geological evidence older than 10,000 years. He also said that Noah built “the ark” when he was 600 years old without cashing government checks, therefore nobody should retire. We should just work for assholes like him for shit wages while his friends privatize social security. Fuck I hope Bernie wins and makes pricks like American taliban general Gianforte pay his share of taxes. Rather than address the real reasons that wild non hatchery salmon are on their way to extinction, Gianforte voted to make it legal to hunt seals or sea lions. One of the two. I can’t remember. So his idea was that we will save the salmon by removing a key component of that ecosystem. Toxic runoff, deforestation, hatcheries, commercial fishing and rising water temperatures is what is actually killing wild salmon in case anyone is wondering. I cannot fucking stand Gianforte and Tester ain’t a whole lot better

  • Why is he even talking to kids..he was sent packing, or would have been if he hadn’t resigned, from office in disgrace in December.. supposedly he has a job in cryprocurrency or some crap..not to mention he gave a huge middle finger to Montana the last day of his job by giving back a 10 year grazing right to the ranchers who owe a million dollars to the rest of us taxpayers..he’s so corrupt he had to leave or have charges brought against humanity..AGAIN..I want this man no where near any children I know

    • All of this pertains to Zinke, not Gianforte:

      or would have been if he hadn’t resigned, from office in disgrace in December.. supposedly he has a job in cryprocurrency or some crap..not to mention he gave a huge middle finger to Montana the last day of his job by giving back a 10 year grazing right to the ranchers who owe a million dollars to the rest of us taxpayers..he’s so corrupt he had to leave or have charges brought against humanity..

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