Caught My Eye…

Welcome to “Caught My Eye” – the 214th edition of the non award-winning Friday column.

If you are a first-time visitor, “Caught My Eye” is posted right here every Friday morning! This is when I take a look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. I often throw in a touch of sarcasm to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – or both.

Today I write about fundraising on 9/11, Montana’s awful political coverage, dumb voters, the weather report, plus we have a winner who is making Montana proud!

Fundraising on 9/11:

If I were an advisor to a candidate instead of just a mere blogger, I would advise my candidate to stay away from hosting a fundraiser on 9/11. I’d probably urge my candidate to participate in 9/11 events and do something for National Day of Service and Remembrance.

Since it’s all about the next election in Washington, D.C., you can guess what many members of Congress, including Montana’s Steve Daines, did yesterday – hold a fundraiser.

Politico reported and I tweeted their story yesterday:

For many members of Congress, the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks is now just another day in the furious sprint to November.

And that means fundraisers.

Politico went on to report that over two dozen fundraisers were scheduled Thursday including a “breakfast” fundraiser by Daines.

These people are the same morons who would probably hold a fundraiser on Memorial Day or Veterans Day if these days were closer to an election, and if they felt they could raise a buck.

Political Coverage:

With just about 53 days before the November general election, I have to say the political coverage by the media in Montana has been awful.

It’s the same with the coverage of military/veterans issues in Montana.

Reporters seem to be afraid to report. This seems to happen a lot in places where the reporter may run into the person they write a story about (or one of their relatives) on a daily basis. Maybe they are just afraid a big advertiser may pull their advertising because they have written something negative about someone the advertiser supports.

The folks who are paid to report the news should check out some of the major blogs in the state to get the pulse of Montana politics. Heck, they should give them space in their papers and on their websites!

Bloggers can sometimes write things that editors wouldn’t want their own reporters to write.

Besides reading this blog (The Western Word) every day (which has commentary six days a week), here are other blogs that reporters should check every day:

Montana Cowgirl

Intelligent Discontent

The Flint Report

Flathead Memo

Big Sky Words

Dumb Voters:

According to a Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey, “Over one-third of Likely U.S. Voters remain unaware which political party controls the House of Representatives and which has a majority in the Senate – less than two months before an election that may put one party in charge of both.”

I think most people realize no matter which party is in control, things are still going to be pretty screwed up.

That poll did remind me of this quote from Winston Churchill: “The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.”

Making Montana Proud:

This section is where I mention people or groups whose actions embarrass Montana in some way.

-From the Bozeman Daily Chronicle: “Montana’s Commissioner of Political Practices on Tuesday barred a Bozeman tea party leader (David Ponte) and 2012 Republican candidate for the state Legislature from running for public office again after another Republican’s complaint.”

According to the Chronicle, Motl found that Ponte “willfully broke Montana’s campaign finance laws when he failed to report his campaign’s funding sources and improperly used campaign funds.” You can read the decision HERE.

The Weather:

Since it snowed in some parts of Montana this week, the local television weather folks went over the top in reporting it.


In this day and age, I often wonder why smaller-market television stations even employ meteorologists or people who give us weather information.

Without the local weather person, stations could just put the basic weather info on a scroll across the bottom of the screen throughout the local newscasts and save us the agony of the weather report. If the anchor can read (which seems like a struggle for some anchors), they could take 30 seconds and read the forecast.

Stations would then have more time for news and sports…

One More Thing:

Please remain seated until the ride comes to a complete stop…


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