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“Our Media Has Failed Us”

Wow. This is one of those “What the heck?” comments that just absolutely baffle me.

This person posted on the KRTV Facebook page:

Why is it that these days elections are seemingly kept quiet until the election has passed.We should be hearing from those that wish to govern US for weeks beforehand.This way WE can make A good and productive vote. I did not even know we had an election and I am disabled and watch TV all day long???These elections are as shady as the people in them. The only way to have an effective election is to have EVERYONE know the FACTS. OUR MEDIA HAS FAILED US once again.I guess WE are to only know the results of elections NOT the CONTENT nor INTENT. This is sad because there are 2 News stations in town. Ch 3 KRTV Great Falls and Ch 5 news.

Where to begin?

Well, first of all: dude, you’re ON FACEBOOK, which means that you have the ability to visit the websites of KRTV, the Great Falls Tribune, and KFBB, and read the many articles about the primary election and the candidates. You also have the ability to visit the Facebook pages of the news outlets AND the candidates that have profiles pages. You also have the ability to visit the websites of any candidates that have such.

Second of all: ALL media outlets in Great Falls have run articles over the last few months about the election. KRTV has aired several stories, the Trib has published several articles — including candidate profiles, and all of the information was posted online, too.

In addition, the City of Great Falls website has posted information about the election.

And this bit: “I did not even know we had an election and I…watch TV all day long???” Um…what were you watching?

If you think “OUR MEDIA HAS FAILED US once again,” you are just plain wrong. YOU have failed to pay attention.

For instance: KRTV aired and posted an article on July 1st stating that the filing deadline for the election was approaching. Last week, KRTV aired and posted an article telling people that there was just one week left until the primary election.


And here’s a screenshot of the Trib site showing some of the results for “candidate profile” search; the Trib did a good job with the profiles. Granted, the Trib hides stuff behind a paywall, but if the election is so important to Keith, then ponying up a few bucks for access shouldn’t be a deal-breaker. There is also the option of actually buying a dead-tree newspaper; I’ve heard that you can even have it delivered right to your front door.



My two favorite Sirius/XM stations are, of course, channels 49, Soul Town, and channel 50, The Groove.

But something odd: when they play The Isley Brothers “Fight The Power,” they bleep out the word “bullshit.” But in “The Bird” by The Time, they do not bleep out the word “fuck.”

Don’t understand why they bleep one, but not the other (which is likely more “offensive”). And remember, this is the business that was built on the back of Howard Stern.

And now for your listening pleasure, I present arguably one of the best examples of the 80s Minneapolis sound:

And here is The Isley Brothers — does it get better than this?

CasCo Roads crashes

Numbers + geography = incorrect information and an embarrassing news article.

I am about 99.999999% certain that 192 people did not die in crashes in Cascade County last year.

Sadly, it is not the first or even the second time that KFBB has had trouble with numbers (or other stuff).



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“Should Low Income Individuals Own A Dog?”

OMG. Apparently KFBB actually ran a story and posted an article titled “Should Low Income Individuals Own A Dog?” Sadly, I am rarely surprised at anything KFBB does, but this goes beyond just bad grammar, lousy spelling, and such.

Another KFBB blunder

Generated quite a bit of heat on Facebook, and KFBB had to pull the story, video, and Facebook post.



These two article have nothing to do with each other, I promise.


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Early “Mad Men”

Truth is indeed sometimes stranger than fiction – take a look at some print ads that would never make it today.

Exhibit A:


On the other hand — I’ve found a couple of ads here in Great Falls in recent years that, while they aren’t quite as bad as the examples in the above link, are indeed a bit questionable:

Avoid PMS — really?


And impugning the beauty of ladies who wear glasses – not cool.


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