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KingCharlemagne

(7,908 posts)
Sat May 27, 2017, 10:16 AM May 2017

The press and broadcast media should boycott Montana. Mass walkouts from

their local media outlets and no national coverage whatsoever. There should be a 100% media blackout on Montana until Gianforte resigns.

Montana is dead to me now.

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onenote

(43,323 posts)
5. Dumb idea. So if a repub member of congress endorses repealing the ACA
Sat May 27, 2017, 10:43 AM
May 2017

the media shouldn't report it.

Right.

 

KingCharlemagne

(7,908 posts)
10. Hunh? I'm talking Montana only, which has proven by its election of Gianforte that
Sat May 27, 2017, 11:16 AM
May 2017

a free press means nothing to it. A free press means something to me.

Lars39

(26,139 posts)
2. Republicans desire a press blackout.
Sat May 27, 2017, 10:29 AM
May 2017

A blackout allows them to more efficiently enact their agenda. The press should do the exact opposite...flood the media, educate the public with in-depth investigations into what the GOP has been doing and their future plans.

PoorMonger

(844 posts)
3. No
Sat May 27, 2017, 10:32 AM
May 2017

That is not smart - would likely inspire more bad actions from people hoping that it would get a boycott of similar style.

If anything news media there locally must band together and turn the heat up on Montana and it's new Congressman.

The take my ball and go home approach would feed Trump's fake news narrative and Trump people would dig in harder

 

KingCharlemagne

(7,908 posts)
6. It's called shunning and shaming. Montana must be excluded from the society
Sat May 27, 2017, 10:45 AM
May 2017

of civilized people. Its residents elected someone who physically assaulted a reporter in the presence of multiple eyewitnesses. Montana no longer deserves to be receive any press coverage. It should occupy the same region as North Carolina vis-a-vis LGBTQ issues, shunned and shamed among all civilzed people.

PoorMonger

(844 posts)
9. Nope.
Sat May 27, 2017, 11:11 AM
May 2017

Shaming does not work with these people. They clearly lack that in large numbers. But not all Montanans are guilty , nor should they all be pushed away. What worked in NC worked because it was tied to economic impact of entertainment and NCAA ect. I'm for doing what we can on that front in Montana - though they don't typically get state revenue from it in large amounts anyway, so it will have to come with increased scrutiny , not its absence.

procon

(15,805 posts)
7. Why would you want to give the Republicans a free pass?
Sat May 27, 2017, 10:45 AM
May 2017

As bad as that bunch is now, without any press corps at all to shine the light of public scrutiny into their shenanigans, the "news" would become nothing more than partisan press releases and rightwing propaganda messages. Even as weak as the press seems now, some of them are on the frontlines and standing between the people and wrong doers. It's that fear of a public exposure, of having their skulduggery revealed, that is the only thing that stops Republicans from going full on Mad Max.

The worst case scenario is that you'll get what you wished for.

 

KingCharlemagne

(7,908 posts)
8. The people (I shudder to dignify them with that term) of Montana have demonstrated by
Sat May 27, 2017, 10:47 AM
May 2017

electing physical assaulter Gianforte that a free press means nothing to them. They should be left to wallow in their own darkness and misery by the media.

procon

(15,805 posts)
11. The Fourth Estate doesn't just cover the one candidate that wins one election, yeah?
Sat May 27, 2017, 11:26 AM
May 2017

They don't just cater to the whims of one political faction, and as much as it might delight Republicans, the media coverage won't disappear. Look at what a robust press corps has accomplished on the national level, and now that Gianforte has called attention to his unsuitability to hold elected office, more and more reporters will be dogging him and rooting out every last questionable thing he has ever done. This is as it should be, and whether they believe it or not, his voters will still be exposed to his chicanery.

Those who vote for candidates we Dems find abhorrent may indeed deserve whatever they get in Gianforte, but obviously not every voter in Montana is Republican. Those people depend on an active and truthful press service, and more importantly they have a Constitutional Right to a free press in their state.

onenote

(43,323 posts)
13. A great many people in Montana vote for Democrats
Sat May 27, 2017, 02:02 PM
May 2017

Which is why the state has a Democratic governor, lieutenant governor, and US senator.

I'm pretty sure the Democrats in Montana won't be endorsing your idea. Or anyone in the media.

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