Rehberg Blames Montana Media for Filtering his Message

Denny Rehberg said his constituents don’t often know what he’s doing in Washington, D.C., because the Montana media is filtering his message.

Rehberg has urged his supporters to use Facebook and Twitter if they want the “truth” behind his agenda. He says he can’t get his message past the “media filter.”

“We’re being filtered through ABC, NBC, CBS, our local newspapers and such,” Rehberg said in one video session, dubbed “Denny’s Desk,” which was taped at his Washington, D.C., office in mid July.

Blaming the Montana media for filtering his message has become a Rehberg talking point in recent weeks.

In Billings, Rehberg gave thanks to 24-hour programs like FOX News and talk radio. The programs are hosted by Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity, among other conservative spin doctors.

“Twitter is another way of socially networking with each other,” Rehberg said at a Billings "listening session." 

He continued, saying, “It’s an ability to circumvent… the mainstream media that filters our message and often times we can’t get our message out through the (Billings) Gazette, or the (Great Falls) Tribune and the Missoulian, so we have to do it this way.”

More than 90 newspapers across the state belong to the Montana Newspaper Association. Dozens of television and radio stations comprise the Montana Broadcaster’s Association. The media in Montana employs thousands of people.

"If Denny actually had a message to get out, I know from experience the Montana media would cover the issue,” said Martin Kidston, communications director for the Montana Democratic Party. “Blaming the media is nothing more than a tired, right-wing talking point.

“Denny is simply afraid of being asked real questions by real journalists,” Kidston added. “It’s a lot easier for him to sit behind a computer in the privacy of his office and answer cupcake questions from fellow conservatives than it is to answer to real reporters and informed Montanans.”

Rehberg picked up on the media thread in an April Tea Party interview, saying Montanans “fall for” a “filtered message” disseminated by Montana newspapers and network television news programs.

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