If you haven’t got anything nice to say about anybody, come sit next to me. – Alice Roosevelt Longworth
Welcome to the big show to end the week – and start April, “Caught My Eye” (CME).
There’s no foolin’ around today…well maybe a little!
If you are a first-time visitor, CME 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 – maybe both.
Topics this week include Tim Fox & Jason Thielman , Cruz & Kasich & Montana, Kristen Cates & the Montana Democrats, Female Mayors of Great Falls & KRTV, Bumper Sticker Mania, and much more!
Tim Fox: Badass
U.S. Senator Steve Daines’ Chief of Staff Jason Thielman: Not a Badass.
In case you missed it, Montana’s Attorney General Tim Fox jumped in and saved Thielman from a drunk customer (David Carpenter) at a hotel in Billings. This is where Daines was co-hosting the Montana Energy Conference. (AP)
There are rumors that just before Fox took down David Carpenter, he yelled a few words he learned from Ted Cruz, “David, you’re a sniveling coward and leave Jason the hell alone.”
Fox ended up getting punched in the face, but he declined to press charges. Carpenter has apologized for punching Fox. Fox will probably buy him a beer next time he’s in Billings to thank him for the free publicity.
Finally, a friend asked me where he could sign up to punch Fox in the face since he won’t press charges. I told him I bet there’s a sign-up list going around somewhere. Readers?
Ted Cruz/John Kasich & Montana:
The Associated Press reported that Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign is trying to knock opponent John Kasich off Montana’s primary by questioning signatures the Ohio governor’s campaign submitted to qualify for the ballot – another subplot in the unfolding political drama to derail Donald Trump’s presidential bid.
It’s making national news. Almost everyone who knows Cruz thinks he’s an ass. This is another mark in that column.
I think Cruz will do well in Montana. Montana is close to Canada and, in fact, Cruz was born just up the road in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Troy Carter from the Bozeman Daily Chronicle reported that nine-year Great Falls Tribune reporter Kristen Cates is going to be the Montana Democratic Party’s communications director. I wish the best of luck to Ms. Cates.
I guess all the right-wingers are now saying, “I knew she leaned to the left!”
I don’t have a problem with reporters joining campaigns or political parties or groups that lean to the right or left. It’s when they come back to newspaper or television reporting and try to make readers/viewers believe they are neutral, I call BS. It sticks with them (or taints them) for the remainder of the careers – IMHO. Most of us don’t trust reporters (thanks to Fox News) – having a revolving door doesn’t help the cause.
Female Mayors of Great Falls:
Tuesday night on the local 5:30 news, KRTV (CBS) in Great Falls did a story about female mayors in the history of Great Falls for Women’s History Month.
The anchor, Shannon Newth, went down the list which, in my opinion, are some pretty incredible women who served as mayor of Great Falls. While showing some photos of the female mayors , she mentioned them by name; Marian Erdmann, Shirley Kuntz, Ardi Aiken, Joan Bennett, and Dona Stebbins. She mispronounced a couple names, but that happens.
She also mentioned Gayle Morris. They did not show a photo of Morris. They should have. Gayle Morris is a man. He served two terms as mayor 1992-1994. He was also a Cascade County commissioner.
It was comical, but that is the norm for local TV news. I don’t think KRTV posted the video on-line because I can’t find it. I asked a friend who watches the local news and she confirmed what I heard. You can view the correct story HERE which was done by another anchor.
I’m sure that this has happened to Gayle Morris before. It has happened to me several times. I have one of those first names (Jackie) that is what some call a “gender-neutral name,” so I understand. It’s important for those in the media to verify even the smallest of details before reporting.
Bumper Sticker Mania:
A few Fridays ago I wrote that I am always looking for free campaign bumper stickers (that does not mean I endorse you), so if you are offering them let me know via the official email of The Western Word (Western_Word@yahoo.com) and I’ll send you the mailing address to my bunker.
That offer continues and they may get posted here at The Western Word, which means free publicity for you!
I contacted the Trump, Cruz, and Kasich campaigns this week (on the same day) and requested a free bumper sticker. We’ll see which one is the most responsive!
One More Thing:
Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive. – Elbert Hubbard