This note is to say thanks for your well-written story, “Freedom Fighter” (June 12). The tradition at the Missoula Independent has been to malign people who are not Democrats. Your story did not do that. You largely stuck with the older journalists’ tradition of limiting stories to facts while avoiding opinion.
You did include material from the Southern Poverty Law Center, a left-wing extremist organization, though I think that this can be expected in the shadow of today’s mean-spirited political climate. During my own career I occasionally had to do the same.
You may be interested to note that the Montana Human Rights Network, an SPLC ally, labels folks like me as “dangerous, racist, anti-government patriots.” It does so without having knowingly met us or having gained knowledge of our demographics. This is what qualifies the wealthy MHRN as a hate group.
Thanks again for doing it right. That’s refreshing and it is the most honest and fair way.
John H. Wiegman
December First Society