Caught My Eye…

Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end. – Seneca

Welcome to the big show to end the week “Caught My Eye” (CME)!

Buckle up!

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 VA Montana and the media, Bozeman Daily Chronicle & Gianforte, Bullock’s first campaign ad, “Fox and friends with benefits,” the Milky Way, Summer Olympics, and much more!

VA Montana & the Media:

I watched MTN reporter Mike Dennison’s story about U.S. Representative Ryan Zinke touring the Veterans Administration Medical Center at Fort Harrison. Dennison reported that Zinke was accompanied by the chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Veterans Affairs, Rep. Jeff Miller of Florida. Dennison also interviewed U.S. Senator Jon Tester about the VA for his story.

It’s a pretty big deal to get the chairman of the House Veterans Affairs committee to come to Montana to tour the VA Medical Center. It’s a press-worthy event.

Sadly, I found one part of Dennison’s story pure B-S. That was the part where Dennison said that VA officials refused to allow media to accompany the Congressman on the tour.

Shame on the VA officials.

I can understand not allowing cameras in certain places in the VA hospital, but not allowing a reporter to tag along behind the tour and take notes was ridiculous. Maybe “VA officials” at Fort Harrison have forgotten that the veterans they serve laid their lives on the line for this country so we can all have freedoms like speech, press, etc.

I also wonder if Rep. Zinke knew about the refusal to allow the press to accompany him. If he did know about it, then he is partly to blame.

Bozeman Daily Chronicle & Gianforte:

Over a week ago I wrote about the Republican candidate for governor, Greg Gianforte, complaining about a television ad and having his attorney write a “Cease & Desist letter” to television stations in Montana urging them to stop airing the ad. I said at that time that all this letter did was bring the issue to the forefront again. I added that fighting attack ads with lawyers very seldom works.

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle editorial board finally noticed the issue and on Thursday they posted an editorial titled, “Letters from lawyers don’t make good politics” in which they had this advice:

A word of advice to GOP gubernatorial candidate Greg Gianforte: Sending cease and desist letters to the media to stop running political ads is not a good idea — politically speaking.

The editorial board also called Gianforte “a thin-skinned politician.”

Gianforte has not done a very good job in making himself look like a typical Montanan. It’s the “I feel your pain” angle. He comes across to the average Montanan as rich. In his ads, he even comes across as rich. Throwing over a million dollars of his own money into the race shows he is rich and not like the rest of us.

If Gianforte loses this race, it will be because he could not personally connect to the voters.

Bullock’s First Campaign Ad:

If Steve Bullock and his supporters were looking for the perfect first campaign ad, he nailed with the ad called “Trails.” Watch it HERE.

It’s an introductory ad that shows Bullock with his family doing Montana things – like fishing and camping.

Bullock also got a few subtle shots in the 30-second ad – like letting viewers know he and his wife grew up in Montana and that their kids attend public schools. Bullock talked about defending our rights to hunt and fish on public lands, rivers, and streams.

It’s a great introductory ad for Bullock. I give it a 9/10. It’s a lot like Greg Gianforte’s ad called “Slideshow” that was posted on YouTube July 12.

Kathleen Parker:

I like to read columns from several opinion writers all across the fruited plains and this week a column from Kathleen Parker titled, “Fox and friends with benefits” caught my eye.

Read it HERE.

Parker writes about Fox News and Roger Ailes and sexual harassment that Parker says started coming to the forefront when former anchor Gretchen Carlson filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Ailes.

Parker writes, “So emerges a fresh image of the man who created Fox News, the cable network known for its leggy, law-degreed female hosts.”

Parker also mentions the newest star of Fox News, Megyn Kelly:

Apparently emboldened by Carlson’s move, superstar Megyn Kelly tipped the point when she reportedly told investigators that Ailes had made unwanted sexual advances a decade ago. Hold that thought.

I stopped watching Fox News, unless there’s breaking news, years ago. It just leaned too far to the right for me, even with the “leggy, law-degreed female hosts.”

The Milky Way:

This is a public service announcement…

In case you missed it, we are nearing the end of World Breastfeeding Week 2016 (August 1-7).

I happened to notice that on Thursday Great Falls College-MSU was showing a documentary film about breastfeeding called, “The Milky Way.

And that brings us to the music video “All About That Breast.”

Because you know
I’m all about that breast
bout that breast
no bottle…

You can thank me later for putting that catchy phrase in your head…

Summer Olympics:

The 2016 Summer Olympics begin today! Go USA!

One More Thing:

A great way to protect yourself from the sun is drinking wine in the shade. –



2 thoughts on “Caught My Eye…

  1. Your last line about Zinke, “If he did know about it, then he is partly to blame” is pretty shoddy journalism, even for a blogger…I bet you sleep on the left side of the bed!

    Have a great weekend!

    • Barry – I don’t know what you mean, but thanks any way. BTW – I sleep in the middle of the bed…-JmB

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