Burns denies Montana newspapers credentials for printing the results of a Gallup poll

By Jay Stevens 

Fancy that. Recently the Great Falls Tribune published the results of a USA Today/Gallup poll that shows Jon Tester with a healthy lead over Conrad Burns in the state’s Senate race. You’ll never guess Burns’ campaign’s reaction.

They yanked the paper’s credentials.

A Burns spokesman dismissed the USA Today/Gallup poll as inaccurate and initially said the campaign was revoking one newspaper’s credentials to attend Burns’ election night event in Billings because it wrote about the poll.Jason Klindt first said Monday that the Great Falls Tribune would not be allowed to attend, before changing his mind later in the day.

“Running a bogus poll on the day before an election to try and suppress Republican voter turnout is irresponsible and in poor taste,” Klindt told The Associated Press on Monday.

The campaign decided to allow the paper’s reporters to attend “so as not to punish the readers,” Klindt said.

Hilarious. Apparently statistics have a liberal bias.

But on a more serious note, Burns’ camp’s initial reaction – punishing the paper for printing news not friendly to their candidate – should serve as a reminder to all good American citizens of what’s at stake here. They want to curtail your right to information if it counters their political beliefs. They did it with climate change, they’ve threatened to do it to bloggers, as well. They want to control the information you receive.

In the end, this little bit of hysterical over-reaction from Burns’ campaign hints that their GOTV ain’t going so hot… I mean, if they’re worried what effect this news will have on one of the most conservative areas of the state…well…that probably means they’re having trouble convincing people to go to the polls.


  1. If the Trib is publishing that poll to suppress voter turnout, then all of the other papers reporting the the too-close-to-call polls must be doing the opposite.

  2. Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers!

    Poor little jason klidt, what WILL he do after the election? Return to Missery a hero??? hah,aha,ah! Boy, Ol’ Cornbread sure knows how to pick’em!

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