The Fourth Estate Lives!

Hooray for the Great Falls Tribune’s willingness to go to court to obtain the release of documents surrounding the firing of general manager Lisa Bracco of the Montana ExpoPark. You can read the story HERE.

It’s good to see the fourth estate has a heartbeat, at least in Great Falls, Montana.

The last ten years or so have been pretty tough on newspapers – especially those in smaller markets. Face it folks, besides a few gadflies who frequent the announced public meetings, newspaper reporters are in the best position to hold our elected officials accountable – by asking questions and demanding that their meetings be open.

It appears to be a lot like herding cats – at least in this part of the country.

The Tribune says that Cascade County (MT) government “has closed several meetings during the last two years” and the Tribune publisher says, “Since early March the public has been kept in the dark about the nature of the ongoing investigation of ExpoPark.”

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