Man, the feelings of lady journalists have been flowing like WAP around here lately, Greg!
The Kaimin started publishing again. If you had to guess what the future of journalism decided was the FIRST thing they needed to write about, what would it be? PRIVILEGE, OF COURSE!
“We acknowledge our editorial board is white, and racial representation is key to accurate coverage.”
Erin, Sara, Claire, Mazana and Addie just couldn’t take their own whiteness and the very first thing they have to say as a group who will be expecting them to perform journalism since that’s what they chose to study is apologizing for their whiteness.
What do you think their second editorial covered? DEMANDING THE UNIVERSITY GUARANTEE THEIR SAFETY FROM COVID!!! “UM brought us back. Now it has to keep us safe!”
I was rewatching the Jordan Peterson discussion with Camille Paglia and one thing he said really struck me. “It’s like we’re now living in the fever dream of a 15-year old girl.”
Do you keep up with the Pathfinder in Seeley? A local controversy erupted when a lady reporter made a flippant comment about obscure, strange medical conditions. BUT THEN! A lady who had an obscure medical condition wrote in demanding action for the insensitivity of making light of a strange, obscure medical condition! So the lady reporter wrote a letter apologizing for making light of a strange, obscure medical condition!
When did our entire society and news become lady gossip? Can we really say we live in a patriarchy when almost all dialogue in society is through the paradigm of female social sensitivity with heavy consequences for non-compliance?
I am constantly fed entire news stories that have no basis at all to existing other than the reporter found at least one person with a fake profile and name on Twitter who said something “edgy” or had a reaction to some event or show. We know it’s just to make revenue via clickbait, but what does it say about society at large that have to actually WORK to find information on government in the newspaper but are constantly subjected to straight out gossip posing as information? When a Twitter account is so easy to create anonymously, can we even be sure they aren’t just making it up themselves?
The head of the Missoulian right now is Gwen Florio, who I used to have some real admiration for because of her coverage of the rampant problems with sexual assault, regular assault by Grizzly football players and discrimination. However, I’ll be honest, my opinion has changed. It started when I was interviewed by Keila Szpaller about my Green party candidacy. I brought up the fact that when two Grizzly football players assaulted another student and tried to cover it up, it was kept out of the Missoulian for over a month. It legit happened first home game of the year and the Missoulian didn’t write a word about it until Oct 24, 2009, AFTER it had become a viral national story.
Keila didn’t like this. She dressed me down and wanted to remind me that HER BOSS was Gwen Florio and she was the real SHEro of women everywhere!
But is she? When the assaults started coming to light and the Justice Department investigated UM and MPD, THEN they started their coverage. Gwen didn’t really write her pieces until UM and MPD were already under federal scrutiny.
For reference, Sherry Devlin was the editor at the time all this was occurring. She now spends her days on Twitter retweeting all the official accounts of national Democrats. I had a fondness for her since when I was in high school in Seeley Lake, I got to participate in the Midway Dispatch, a partnership where the Missoulian has journalists in training cover fair events for a full week. I made several friends I kept for the following years there. Kind of depressing to see so many “journalists” just becomes rigid, screaming ideologues.
But all this aside, what SHOULD a newspaper be doing? Shouldn’t it be regularly requesting copies of emails and schedules for public officials? Shouldn’t it be doing some auditing of its own of local government, including the University and the police? Shouldn’t the relationship be more adversarial than talking to PR lackeys and copy/pasting press releases from email?
The reason this matters is not only will the Missoulian refuse to do its job which could have exposed the sexual assaults and behavior of local officials in contributing to the problem, but it will actively HIDE things that are in the public knowledge. I remember living here in 2009 and wondering why the Kaimin would cover the disappearance and assaults of Grizzly football players, but not the Missoulian. But then, in opening the paper I saw Bobby Hauck smiling and reading books to children, courtesy of the Missoulian special reading program.
There exists a real problem when local journalists become so lazy and comfortable with government institutions that they not only refuse to cover them skeptically, but actively cover up their mistakes. I'm sure all these women identify as feminists, which makes it all the more angering they continue to cover for corporatists and local Democrats at the expense of actual rape and assault victims.
Gwen Florio is not a hero. Sherry Devlin is not a feminist. Keila Szpaller is not a journalist.
They are lady propagandists who can’t see past their own self-righteous noses to see the power they wield could bring about some real good in the world.
But who has time to save women from being raped, cops and students from being assaulted by Grizzly football players and our government being transparent when there is crying and advocacy to do!
My name is Tim. I'm no longer invited to any parties. This blog is for Greg Strandberg and no one else.