This week KFBB News in Great Falls ran an item about the Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction race, opening with a nice video of incumbent Democrat Denise Juneau addressing her adoring supporters, and featuring pretty children holding “Juneau” signs.
The news producer then had to put a graphic on the screen to represent the challenger, Republican Sandy Welch. So what image did the station select? An obscure Facebook photo from a Halloween party showing Welch dressed up as a devil. Really!
What on earth were they thinking? A 10-second Google search reveals dozens of appropriate and official photographs of Ms. Welch, and her well-oiled campaign staff is loaded with PR materials immediately available on request, so this was no accident. Obviously KFBB has no reservations about revealing their political persuasions to the world.
Welch’s campaign has enjoyed big momentum recently, having won the endorsement of State Senator Jonathan Windy Boy. Windy Boy said, “Denise Juneau doesn’t understand how to solve the problems our schools are facing. Juneau increases mandates and creates new programs with great media campaigns. Mandates don’t help kids. After hearing Juneau debate, it’s clear that she isn’t focused on increasing school performance. ”
Windy Boy’s endorsement was reassuring to me as an indicator that clear-thinking Native Americans in Montana don’t vote strictly by color (see my post about that). And, despite Juneau’s insulting contention, I’ll bet they love their kids enough to feed them (see my post about that).
Sandy Welch is probably enjoying a good laugh, and KFBB will doubtless wither in their embarrassment over this juvenile episode. Maybe it was “bring your child to work day” and the producer’s junior high kid was calling the shots. Or perhaps the producer is bucking for a promotion to the big time – shameless Democrat shill MSNBC.
By the way, I think Sandy Welch is a pretty cute little devil!
Tom Balek – Rockin’ On the Right Side