Caught My Eye…

Love is the most important thing in the world, but baseball is pretty good, too. – Yogi Berra

Welcome to the big show! If you are a first-time visitor, “Caught My Eye” has been posted here every Friday morning since October 2010! This column is where I take a look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. Sometimes I throw in a touch of snarkiness to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – maybe both.

Today I write about Gianforte hiring Flint, the Montana GOP & the Montana Cowgirl, the Montana GOP’s problem in one sentence, my choice for Speaker of the House, Ben Carson, plus we have winner who is Making Montana Proud.

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Monday’s Potpourri

Hello Monday!

As we close out August today, it’s time for another potpourri edition from the past weekend! When there are several stories out there that I want to comment about, I combine them into a “potpourri” column.

Today’s topics include:

  • Griz/Bison Football
  • Montana Weather
  • Dome Lights
  • Video Music Awards
  • Little League World Series

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“Views are my own”

It’s tough being a reporter these days. Instead of writing a story for tomorrow’s paper or next month’s magazine, news reporting is expected to be instant. You really need to beat your competition by getting the news on Twitter, Facebook, and on your website first.

I think I would love the competition in the news world to be first – and correct – and beat the crap out of the competition!

Having tools like Twitter and Facebook can also present other problems. I am sure many news organizations have rules in place for their staff when it comes to what they should or should not say on the company Twitter or Facebook page. They may have rules in place if they are using their personal Twitter account for their professional work.

Using their personal Twitter account for their professional work is where it gets interesting – and fun. Some reporters may put “Views are my own” or “Retweets do not equal endorsements” on their Twitter bio page to let readers know that if they have a few too many cocktails and Tweet drunk, or if they are just so ticked off at someone and forget the rules, they are not really responsible.

Late last week, right-wing radio host Aaron Flint posted a story on his Voices of Montana radio program blog about a reporter for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle (Laura Lundquist) Tweeting about Congressman Steve Daines’ vote on the budget bill. Lundquist supposedly called Daines a “Tea Party moron” on her personal Twitter page because he voted against the budget bill.

By the way, Flint disclosed on his radio show several months ago that his wife works for Congressman Steve Daines, so one might expect him to protect the home team.

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Caught My Eye…

We’re just about 20 days from Thanksgiving, and 48 days from Christmas (you probably did not need to hear that).

But first, Monday is Veterans Day 2013! Make sure you thank a Veteran. On Monday I will have a special Veterans Day message so stop by and check it out!

If this is your first time visiting The Western Word the “Caught My Eye” column is posted every Friday morning! This is when I take a quick 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 just to make you smile – or maybe to irritate you just a little.

Today I write about John Bohlinger, Steve Daines, Voices of Montana, Shannon Augare, the Tea Party and me, the Obama apology, traffic alert, Jimmy Kimmel, statehood, plus there’s a winner who is Making Montana Proud!

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Caught My Eye…

Thanks for stopping by to read the first “Caught My Eye” of October!

If this is your first time visiting The Western Word the “Caught My Eye” column is posted every Friday morning! This is when I take a quick look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. By the way, I often throw in a touch of sarcasm just to make you smile – or maybe to irritate you just a little.

Today I write about Walsh for Senate, Sonju quitting, F-15 reporting, Senate opening prayer, “Carol, you’re beautiful,” the real Siri, Whitner/Hitner, Government Shutdown Pinterest Pins, plus I have two winners who are Making Montana Proud – so read on…

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