Tuesday Commentary: Wired to Fight, Bots & Ingraham, & Villanova

Leadership is intangible, and therefore no weapon ever designed can replace it. – Omar N. Bradley

Today’s commentary deals with:

  • Tester’s “Wired to Fight” Campaign Ad
  • Russian Bots & Laura Ingraham
  • Villanova – National Champs

Wired to Fight:

U.S. Senator Jon Tester recently launched the third statewide television ad of his 2018 re-election campaign. The 30-second spot, “Wired to Fight,” spotlights Tester’s sustained clashes with Washington defending Montana.

There’s a third-party ad running for Matt Rosendale that tells folks that Tester acts one way during election time and another way during the other five years. That tactic never worked against Max Baucus and it won’t work against Jon Tester.

A couple of things stood out with this ad. The part where Tester says, “I’m JonTester, and you’re damn right I approve this message” was a unique way of getting the required disclaimer in.

The second thing was Tester driving in his pickup truck with his rifle in the gun rack. Hello, gun supporters! He is looking in his rearview mirror – maybe he was seeing how close his Republican opponents are to him. Maybe the camera crew got lost and he’s looking for them.

One other thing – it looks as though Tester forgot to fasten his seatbelt for his little drive to show people he likes guns and pickup trucks. That’s not good. His people should have caught that.

Overall, I give “Wired to Fight” a 6/10. Watch it HERE.

Russian Bots & Laura Ingraham:

The Chicago Tribune reported that embattled Fox News host Laura Ingraham has found some unlikely allies: Russian bots:

Russian-linked Twitter accounts have rallied around the conservative talk-show host, who has come under fire for attacking the young survivors of the Parkland school shooting. According to the website Hamilton 68, which tracks the spread of Russian propaganda on Twitter, the hashtag #IstandwithLaura jumped 2,800 percent in 48 hours this weekend. On Saturday night, it was the top trending hashtag among Russian campaigners.

The Tribune also reported that wading into controversy is a key strategy for Russian propaganda bots, which seize on divisive issues online to sow discord in the United States.

Ingraham has lost several advertisers due to her insensitive remarks.

Villanova – National Champs:

In the battle for the men’s National Championship in basketball, the Michigan Wolverines started strong for the first 10 minutes or so. Then the Villanova Wildcats adjusted and took a nine-point lead going in at halftime. (ESPN Recap)

The game was basically over after that with Villanova blowing out Michigan 79-62. Sophomore Donte DiVincenzo led Nova with 31 points.

The folks on the east coast complained about the game starting a 9:20 eastern time. It was a perfect start time for the people in the forgotten time zone (Mountain); it started at 7:20 here. Like I said, the game was basically over at the half, so the east coasters could have turned in early.


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2 thoughts on “Tuesday Commentary: Wired to Fight, Bots & Ingraham, & Villanova

  1. Did that vintage of truck have shoulder belts as well as lap belts?

    I’m guessing that after-market units could be purchased at some point in time.

    But, if you look over his left shoulder during the time his truck is between the last 2 power poles, you can see ‘something’ is there.
    I’ve never seen his truck so I don’t know if maybe that is a sticker on the rear window or a shoulder belt.

    Maybe they caught it between takes and camera set-up changes. Ads aren’t known for continuity of what’s in a shot.

    • Doug – I am not sure about the year, but I think they were common in trucks around 72-73 on. It’s not a big deal. – JmB

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