In Montana, an assault on a reporter and an assault on truth

THE SHINBONE STAR

In Montana on Thursday, Republican Greg Gianforte won election to the U.S. House of Representatives despite the fact that the day before, he body-slammed a reporter for asking a question. As outraged as we are here at The Shinbone Star, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention that a significant number of Americans — both in Montana and elsewhere — are just fine with Gianforte, who now faces assault charges.

The man he attacked, after all, was only a journalist.

In his victory speech, Gianforte was apologetic, saying, “I shouldn’t have treated that reporter that way.” Some in the crowd laughed, and when Gianforte went on to say, “I made a mistake,” a supporter shouted, “Not in our minds!”

While Gianforte’s conduct is inexcusable, make no mistake, it trickled down from the top. It was Donald J. Trump and his Goebbels-esque mouthpiece, Stephen Bannon, who made the press Public Enemy #1…

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