Maybe you visit our site because you appreciate our efforts to expose the connections between Montana Republicans and the anti-government militia movement.
Perhaps you appreciate the fact that we cover stories about politicians that don’t seem to make it into the newspaper.
Maybe it’s the fact that we inform the community about events like the Climate Strike before they happen.
Or maybe you just like the fact that we mercilessly pursue Corey Stapleton.
In any case, we hope you’ll consider making a small pledge to continue our work here at the Montana Post. And we promise this will be the one time we ask this year.
The truth is that we’d all probably be better off if the Montana Post only had to write commentary about news, but in the past five years, we’ve become a vital source of information about politics and government here in Montana.
A few months ago, I think I described what our mission has been since we started this site in 2005:
What started with the likes of Fox News and Rush Limbaugh has metastasized into content farms that churn out scurrilous headlines and faux controversies designed to enrage an audience conditioned to believe narratives so absurd and so irrelevant that they constantly hunger for more and share each story without pausing for even a moment to ask whether it could possibly be true or whether it even matters.
It’s our task to push back against those content farms and provide researched, evidence-based responses to this misinformation campaign.
In just the last few months, we’ve written important stories about Montana politics that may have slipped under the radar.
- We were the source that made sure Montanans know Congressman Gianforte voted against reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act.
- While he has been receiving dark money support from Big Pharma claiming he is reducing drug prices, we proved that Senator Daines is actually working against Montana consumers.
- When Daines took credit for the Southwest Montana Veterans Home in Butte, we made sure you knew he had voted against funding it.
- And we are the only news source in Montana that let you know Daines actually called for an emergency tax cut that wouldn’t even require a vote for himself.
- While the Montana media too often treats the Montana Shooting Sports Association as a legitimate source of information, we broke the story about their assembly at Hellgate Elementary and exposed the abhorrent, dangerous views of their leadership.
- We let voters know that a Republican candidate for Secretary of State donated to white supremacists. I still haven’t seen that story in the mainstream press.
And that all just in the past few months. During the 2018 Senate race, we doggedly followed Matt Rosendale’s connections to bigots across the state and we were the first Montana outlet to expose his claim to be a rancher for the lie it was.
Finally, in the work that I am perhaps proudest of and most frustrated by the mainstream media’s refusal to cover it, we have traced, tracked, and critiqued the infiltration of the Montana GOP by xenophobic, anti-government groups.
I never would have guessed this in 2005, but our site has become a necessary part of the political coverage here in Montana.
If you find our work informative, entertaining, or both, we hope you’ll consider a small donation to help us keep doing the work of helping to hold the powerful accountable and the public better informed. We don’t have tote bags (yet), but if you pledge $5/month, we’d be happy to send you a stylish Montana Post sticker for your coffee tumbler or laptop.
We absolutely understand that some of you are not in a position to donate or would rather not donate using an online service like Patreon. Don’t worry. We’ll never put any of our content behind a paywall or fill our site with ads and those annoying polls. If you can’t donate, maybe take a moment once or twice a week to share our work with someone you think might need to read it.
We’d like to offer our deepest thanks to those of you who have chosen to support our work, whether by sharing our posts or contributing to keep the site running. And thanks to those of you who might be considering donating for the first time. We truly appreciate your kind words and generosity.