TEA Party Sen. Jennifer Fielder New Head of Extremist Group
The Salt Lake Tribune is reporting this week that TEA Party, militia affiliated state Senator Jennifer Fielder will replace Ken Ivory as head of the ludicrous public land takeover quacks known as the American Lands Council. The group’s ties to anti-government extremists were well-documented even before the Bundy-militia bunch took up its cause in Oregon.
The article points out that:
A vocal critic of federal land management, Fielder has been leading the land-transfer charge in the Montana Legislature and has been a conspicuous spokeswoman for the cause. Last year, her Senate staffer William Macon Richardson resigned after Montana media disclosed he registered as a lobbyist for the ALC. The movement has not gained much traction in Montana.
The Cowgirl Blog was the first tho break the story that Fielder’s staffer was an ALC lobbyist, and when this came out, he was forced to resign. Another staffer with ties to white supremacy groups remained on the payroll and is now running for legislature. This week, Fielder has an opinion piece in the Missoulian defending (and misrepresenting the facts behind) what she calls the “Oregon Uprising”.
Missoula Independent writes about Montana’s blogosphere
The Missoula Independent has a new story up about the state of the blogosphere in Montana, which includes an exclusive on the record feature interview with yours truly – the only one I’ve ever done. I’m not sure I buy the premise, but its a fun read nonetheless. While I think the author is right that traffic dropped at both Left in the West and 4& 20 Blackbirds when their authors left the state and passed those blogs onto others (which seems obvious and would be the case with any blog), the piece doesn’t factor in that blogs now have exponentially higher traffic than these sites ever had. Last year alone the Cowgirl Blog got 720,000 visitors and 2.4 million page views – more than 20 times the traffic of the Left in the West at its heyday. Meanwhile 4&20 Blackbirds hit counter says the blog has gotten 1.6 m total cumulative hits since the blog first started 10 or so years ago. Nor does it consider a number of popular new sites like the Missoula Current, the Last Best Blog, and The Montana Free Press.
The Cowgirl blog frequently makes national news. Over the TEA Party legislature’s ridiculous dress code for women. Over a GOP gubernatorial candidate’s expertise on overseas prostitution and yachting with hookers. Over the TEA partiers who filed as democratic candidates for legislature in a trojan horse scheme to try to take over the democratic party. About the Tea Party elected officials who were caught on tape in a conversation about how American Indians were “not Americans.” About the researchers who used Montanans as guinea pigs by sending fake mailers in our Supreme Court elections. Over the Charter ballot initiative to tried to stick Montana taxpayers with the bill for their back taxes. Over Greg Gianforte’s financial support for spurious right-wing causes. Over the Montana legislator who compared Sandra Fluke to a rutting bulldog. Montana Cowgirl has been featured on the front page of Reddit Rachel Maddow, CNN, and in the Washington Post, Huffington Post, and Mother Jones—and these are just the stories the blog is actually credited with breaking. (Yes, even in 2016 there are still some news outlets which regularly take content from blogs without crediting them.)
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