Montana Post Rushes To Exploit A Weekend Of Tragedy

by William Skink

Political partisans on both sides will quickly exploit any tragedy if it means furthering their agenda. For team blue, the El Paso shooting appears tailor-made to attack Trump and the alt-right he leads. The young man drove 60 miles to kill Mexicans at Walmart. The footage is terrifying and heartbreaking.

As I do on most Monday mornings, I make the rounds online to see what my regular clicks are saying. At The Montana Post there are already three posts up. The first one is from Don Pogreba, titled Empty Prayers from Empty Suits Won’t Wash the Blood from Their Hands. This was posted on August 3rd at 7:25pm, so before the second mass-shooting in Dayton, Ohio occurred (we’ll get to that shooting in a bit). The second post, written the next day at 9 in the morning by the same partisan author, is about the reprehensible Montana Shooting Sports Association. The third post, written a few hours later, again penned by Pogreba, is titled The Silence of Republican Candidates for Governor After El Paso and Dayton is Indefensible.

In the rush to launch political attacks at political adversaries after these two tragic mass-shootings over this past weekend, Pogreba must not have sought out any information on what may have motivated the second shooter to open fire in Ohio. Though I haven’t looked into this too closely, since it just happened less than 48 hours ago, one of my regular clicks has some indications the other polarized extreme of the political spectrum may have played a role:

And while the media was eager to quickly expose the El Paso shooter as a right-wing extremist with the implication that he is merely following Trump’s belligerent rhetoric, only few details had emerged about the Dayton, Ohio shooter although we certainly understand why the mainstream media may not have rushed to make these alleged details public – because according to, the Dayton shooter was an Elizabeth Warren (and Bernie Sanders) supporter who advocated for socialism, communism and supported Antifa.

I have no idea if this is true or not, but it highlights why one may want to more fully process tragic events before immediately exploiting them to further a political agenda. It’s disgusting when the right does it, and it’s disgusting when partisans like Pogreba do it.

The Dayton shooter, Connor Betts, has a Missoula connection. This deranged young man’s own sister was apparently a victim, and she had recently been working at the Missoula Smokejumper Center, according to the Missoula Current.

A little suggestion to the partisans who rush to their said little computers to exploit another tragic example of America’s deep-rooted sickness: you are a part of the problem, and I wish there was a 48 hour stfu rule about vomiting your political attacks so families can mourn their dead.

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7 Responses to Montana Post Rushes To Exploit A Weekend Of Tragedy

  1. Big Swede says:

    “…Finally, the Democrats’ habit of using mass shootings as fodder for their partisan political message is despicable. If they really cared about crimes against “people of color,” they would have long ago been talking about the violence of blacks against black people in the cities they run. It’s shocking moral idiocy that a party continually harping on “racism” ignores the fact that more blacks are murdered in one year than were killed in the whole history of racist violence from Reconstruction to the Civil Rights Act…”-Bruce Thortan, Frontpagemag

  2. dpogreba says:

    Thanks for reading.

  3. Eric says:

    Once again – why worry about what Pogie and Pete think? Nobody else does.

    I’ve had this same discussion with them over the years, and Pogie admits he has never picked up a pistol, and Pete is a typical Dem partisan, who actually understands our gun culture here, but thinks it’s more important to tow the party line.

    There’s no blood on Pogie shoes though – he quit calling for violence after the Dem wacko shot up the softball game and almost killed Steve Scalise.

    I don’t usually give advice to Dems, but as far as 2020 goes – start panicking. I’ve never seen a perfect storm like this one, where from here it looks like GOP runs the table in Montana in 2020.

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