Independence Day Parade, Red Lodge, Montana. Kenneth Jarecke/Contact Press Images

Where have all the journalist gone?

Journalists, your job is to make the powerful folks uncomfortable, not to aid and comfort them.

Kenneth Jarecke
6 min readSep 21, 2022

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I follow a certain college football program. I’ve been doing this my entire life. There’s never been a time when I wasn’t a fan of the program. This team is not only the only show in town, but they’re the only show in the entire state. There’s no other Division 1 college programs, nor any professional programs (in any sport) to compete with them.

Their stadium becomes the third largest city in the state on game day. Heck, they’ve been selling every seat in the place since before I was born. You can imagine how closely tied the local economy is to their success (this goes for the media business as well). People lose their businesses when the team is losing, and they’ve been doing so for, I don’t know, a decade or so now.

They fired their head coach two weeks ago. They could have waited three weeks and cut his buyout in half, but they needed to get rid of him in a hurry. That’s how bad things had gotten. To be clear, nobody really cares about the extra $7.5 million he got, they’re just glad to be done with his losing ways.

That said, the dismissal of the coach did come as a bit of a surprise. Normally, coaches are fired at the end of a season and the guy, being a native son, still enjoyed the support of a good many fans. They wanted him to succeed. They supported him. They are great fans who showed a good deal of patience with the whole situation.

The fans only see this team in person a few times a year, when they play. They see them in the Spring Game as well, which is a glorified practice that usually draws upwards of 60,000 people. The fans don’t sit in on practices, except for this one. They don’t get to ask the coaches any questions. The only information they really get is from the (fairly large) news media that is dedicated to reporting on the team.

The fans, the people who’ve been buying every seat in that stadium for sixty years, had high hopes going into the season. The dedicated media had been generous when it came to pouring out the pre-season Kool-Aid. The fans had no idea of what was really happening behind the scenes. They were led to believe that this high paid group…

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Kenneth Jarecke

I'm a husband, dad, photographer, a writer (sort of), an occasional rancher and the Founder of The Curious Society. https://www.curious-society.org