A better lede
by Pete Talbot
There are lots of ways to interpret the news and write the story.
One version would say the Democrats “took a big gamble” when they tried to block a pair of bills.
Another might read:
Old, straight, paranoid white guys try to cling to power by suppressing the vote.
Guess which way Lee Newspapers’ Mike Dennison took?
Now I have a lot of respect for Dennison. He’s covered the Capitol and other statewide issues quite well for many years. He’d probably get into trouble with corporate (and Lord knows there aren’t a lot of jobs in journalism out there these days) if he wrote the lede that needs writing.
Because let’s face it, the Republicans in the Montana Legislature are, for the most part, a bunch of scared, intransigent, backward-thinking white guys (and a few women) who see the way the rest of the country is trending. And it’s not in their direction.
The Montana GOP could try to moderate its policy, be more inclusive and play the long game. Or it could attempt to keep young people, immigrants and the disenfranchised from voting.
It’s doing the latter.
So while I appreciate the mainstream media’s legislative coverage, I’ll look to the blogs for the ledes that cut to the chase.