Thursday Numbers

Journalism is what we need to make democracy work. – Walter Cronkite

Welcome to “Thursday Numbers!” In case you’re a first-time visitor, this is the weekly column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary sometimes sprinkled with sarcasm.

This week’s topics include Greg Gianforte, Bill O’Reilly, unemployment, Rob Quist, ACLU, Montana & rape kits, TWW on Twitter, Diocese of Great Falls-Billings, Jon Tester, Steve Daines, World War I, news media favoritism, and much more!


MTN News reported that Republican candidate for U.S. House Greg Gianforte, 55, reported 2016 income ranging from $2.3 million to $15.7 million. He has assets valued between $65 million and $315 million.

Great googly moogly! Not a bad year since he spent most of it campaigning for governor…


The New York Times is reporting that about $13 million has been paid out over the years to address complaints from women about the behavior of Bill O’Reilly of Fox News. He denies the claims have merit. (NY Times)

Is this the beginning of the end for Bill-O?


That’s how many people filed new claims for unemployment last week. (USDOL)


MTN News reported that Democrat candidate for U.S. House Rob Quist, 69, reported just shy of $29,000 of personal income last year — including about $15,000 in Social Security payments. He has a negative net worth according to his financial disclosure form.

You can bet that I won’t be running for congress when I am 69 years old! Of course, I will still be writing for this blog…


That’s the number of members in the ACLU of Montana. (Missoulian)

The ACLU gets a bad rap, but they do good work…


That’s an estimate from the state of Montana on the number of rape kits the state has not tested. (AP)

I am glad they are finally addressing this, but it’s terrible that the backlog grew this large. It could become a campaign issue in the future…


The Western Word’s Twitter account (@TheWesternWord) now has 1,005 followers.

Thank you! Tell your mom, dad, your brothers, sisters, and friends to follow me! 


The Diocese of Great Falls-Billings will file for bankruptcy protection as part of settlements involving more than 400 people in sex abuse lawsuits. (AP)

This was a terrible chapter in the Catholic Church. Shameful.


In his first campaign ad, the Democrat candidate for U.S. House, Rob Quist, tells viewers, “There’s nearly 300 millionaires in Congress, but not one Montana folk singer.”

I think a couple of those “millionaires” are Montana’s two U.S. Senators, Jon Tester and Steve Daines.


The 100th anniversary of U.S. involvement in World War I will be officially commemorated Thursday in Kansas City, Missouri. (USA Today)

Thank you to all those who sacrificed for our freedom.


In a contentious political landscape, Americans increasingly believe the news media generally favors one political party over the other. Sixty-two percent of U.S. adults say the media has a favorite, up from about 50% in past years. Just 27% now say the media favors neither major party. (Gallup)

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2 thoughts on “Thursday Numbers

  1. 30
    Thirty percent of those voting for A.G.Tim Fox snubbed Greg Gianforte. That’s why he lost. Fox got 332,766 votes while Gianforte only came up with 236,115 votes.

    • Carole – Thanks for commenting. I don’t think that comparison is fair. Gianforte was running against an incumbent. Fox was running against a candidate who filed to run against him the last day he could file and spent little money.

      I’m not really that excited about Tim Fox running for any office. He seems like the vanilla candidate.It will be interesting to see what he decides to do.

      Thanks again,


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