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Double Talk from a Right-Wing Publisher

Montanans have reacted with outrage to the lies being spread by the fake newspapers called the Montana Statesman and the deceptive mailers that arrived on doorsteps courtesy of the American Traditions Partnership. But the reaction from Randy Rickman, the right-wing publisher of the Helena IR…

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Questions at the IR

A series of strange occurrences at the Helena IR in recent days. First, a bizarre editorial was penned  Sunday by the paper’s CEO, suggesting that the very existence of the newspaper may be in doubt. Randy Rickman, the paper’s boss, wrote that “rumors of our demise have…


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A Commissioner’s Wrath

There’s an interesting article in today’s Helena IR about Helena City Commissioner Dan Ellison (the conservative on the commission).  Mr. Ellison used last night’s City Commission meeting to  publicly assail one of the IR‘s best reporters, Sanjay Talwani. It looks like Mr. Ellison felt that…


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There They Go Again

Responding to a Lee Newspapers questionnaire in today’s Helena Independent Record, the seven GOP gubernatorial candidates all said that Montana must “develop our natural resources” as a way to reduce unemployment and make our economy strong, and that “red tape” and “excessive regulations” are standing…


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Media Quick Hits

A Blow to Good Journalism On the same day it was announced Mary Junck, Lee CEO, received a $500,000 bonus for taking her company into bankruptcy, Lee Newspapers laid off people in Helena and Butte, KXLH is reporting. Montana Nutjobs Back in the National Spotlight…



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This is Why Young Women Rock

You know when you have to go to the hospital that it isn’t going be cheap, but what you probably didn’t know that hospitals charge the highest prices to those who can least afford it.  That’s why it’s so great that a 20-year-old young woman…



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Let’s Just Make Billings the Capital City

As Pogie at Intelligent Discontent writes, the publisher of both the Helena IR and the Montana Standard, Randy Rickman, believes that the newspaper of Montana’s capital city doesn’t need independent editorial oversight – we can just share an editor with Butte. Rickman’s high quality judgement and…


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The Most Biased Name in MT News

In an article about media bias in Montana last election cycle, Montana reporters (and the only political scientist whose phone number they have memorized, Craig Wilson), said that media bias doesn’t exist at the local level and is rather  more of a national thing. That…


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Helena IR Lets Rehberg Off the Hook Again

An article in this weekend’s Helena Independent Record reports on Denny Rehberg’s urgent call to eliminate and expose all earmarks.  In the article, Rehberg is seen puffing his chest about evils of earmarks, the need to eliminate them, and the need for Tester and Baucus…


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U of M Students School the Helena IR

Want to be an informed voter and responsible citizen by reading information about candidates and elections, but find that your address ends with the words Helena, MT (the capitol city, yet paradoxically the black hole of any political news and candidate information courtesy of Randy…


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So Weak

After reading Pogie’s post over at Intelligent Discontent on what may be the worst editorial opinion ever, seriously, I ask for your views on whether this might also be a contender.  It is, at any rate, very very weak. The Helena IR’s managing editor John…