by Travis Mateer
Parents like me are very frustrated because our legal recourse against the mask mandate is now on appeal and might get some kind of hearing NEXT SPRING.
The lawyer involved with this legal process–a process I have donated money to–gave an update on Monday at Crosspoint Church about this appeal, but you will find NOTHING in local media about that tidbit.
Here’s the update: the judge COULD HAVE called into question the credibility of the experts Rhoades’ office used to make the case in court, and that would have made the appeal a steeper climb, so that part was encouraging.
The part where Quentin Rhoades made a dumb quip in response to Mike Gehl? Definitely NOT encouraging.
Let us take a look at the ACTUAL exchange before getting to how the Missoulian framed it at the beginning of the article.
At the meeting, MCPS Trustee Mike Gehl called on Rhoades to stand up from his chair in the audience and asked him to recall a conversation they had at a similar meeting in late August.
“What is it you said about what to do with these two superintendents?” Gehl asked Rhoades. He did not specify which two superintendents he was speaking about, though MCPS Superintendent Rob Watson was being discussed directly before Gehl’s exchange with Rhoades.
“Shoot ‘em?” Rhoades replied, prompting laughter from the audience.
“You said, ‘fire ‘em,’” Gehl corrected.
Since I was there, and sitting one person away from Quentin Rhoades, I’d say this is a pretty accurate depiction of the verbal exchange.
And if anyone is curious, no, I did not laugh. I was too worked up from my questions to Arntzen about a certain school board member and United Way employee who thinks it’s just fine and dandy to create political Facebook groups during a contentious municipal race.
Funny how none of THAT made it into the local reporting.
Now, how did the Missoulian make this sound at the beginning of the article?
A comment made by a Missoula-based lawyer at a parental rights meeting at Crosspoint Community Church on Monday has caused a stir in the education community.
Lawyer Quentin Rhoades of Rhoades Siefert & Erickson remarked that people should “shoot” superintendents they do not agree with. He later said the comment was made in jest.
The way stories are told (if they’re told at all) by legacy media is very important, especially when we’re talking about shooting people.
Hey, speaking of shooting people, has the Missoulian done any reporting on which Sheriff deputies ACTUALLY SHOT machete wielding Johnny Lee Perry out in the woods?
No, there hasn’t been any reporting ANYWHERE about that, because so far the Sheriff’s Department has refused to release the names.
I’ll leave it there, for now.