Caught My Eye…

Congratulations on making it to another Friday!

Today is kind of a sad day and many Montanans have heavy hearts because Montana’s Walter Breuning, the world’s oldest man, died yesterday. He was 114 years-old. I actually met Walter a couple of times and found him to be a very nice person. Walter was a celebrity and stories were written about him from all around the world. Unfortunately, a few politicians used him to get attention. RIP Walter!

This week I take a look at a new band, toddlers drinking, failure on cable news, bridges, and the messages in my political inbox!

For folks visiting for the first time, Caught My Eye is a weekly column posted on Friday mornings where I take a look at some of the stories I did not have time to comment about during the week – and sometimes I add a little sarcasm!

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Opportunists

A general definition of “opportunism” is the conscious policy and practice of taking selfish advantage of circumstances, with little regard for principles.

Many politicians are opportunists. They like to insert themselves into events in hopes of getting on camera or getting their name in the paper.

With some of the reporters here in Montana being on their initial gig in the news world, many of them are “star-struck” when they get approached by a Governor, a Senator, or even a local commissioner – they don’t ask tough questions nor do they ask themselves if printing or interviewing the politician really has anything to do with the real story.

Some “seasoned” reporters are too lazy to really care; they just go along with the show and do not want to make waves.

The politicians use the young inexperienced reporters to their advantage. You can’t really blame the politicians – the free publicity is there for the taking – and they do take it. They sleep well at night because, well, they are politicians.

We see this a lot with our military members leaving for war or coming home from the war – a politician shaking hands like he really understands what it’s like to go off to war – like they know what it’s like for the family to be left at home without their husband or wife or mother or father.

The politicians may call it “support” but most of us veterans see it as opportunism.

We saw it yesterday when Great Falls, Montana, resident, Walter Breuning, turned 114 years old. It was a big event with many news organizations showing up to get the story. Continue reading