Boise City’s attempt to control the media and deny the GUARDIAN normal access afforded the news media took another turn Monday when we received this curt message from the police spokesperson:
FYI – You are no longer on the “media” email list. The list is for media only. Feel free to call me at my desk on this or any other issue.
take care –
The Police and Fire departments have now fallen in line with the rest of Boise”s information manipulators in denying us access to routine announcements and updates. We don’t claim any special status since we really represent the public’s “right to know,” but we should not suffer discrimination at the hands of our government either.
Seems the blogs at the newspapers and TV stations are “media,” but the GUARDIAN with no commercials or advertising fails to qualify as news “media” in the eyes of the local government. Must be the transmitter or printing press, but then the STATESMAN doesn’t even have a press.
It was only 10 days ago we posted a SHOUT OUT to Lynn Hightower (and wrote a nice compliment to her boss, the police chief.
The chief also called to invite the GUARDIAN to a press conference July 15 and gave the GUARDIAN a shout out when he announced a ban on officers texting on cell phones while driving.
We suspect the coppers got word from the office of Team Dave, but they will have to confirm or deny that themselves. Senator Crapo, Ada County, ACHD, and many others in government routinely send us releases. There isn’t a newsroom in the Valley that doesn’t read the GUARDIAN and many of the outlets routinely use our blog for story ideas.
KIVI CHANNEL 6 coverage. Click on camera icon above the GUARDIAN logo for the video which aired 8/9/10.
POET PAUL COULDN’T CONTAIN HIMSELF AND OFFERED THIS PAIR:
There once was a lady named Lynn
Who thought the Guardian committed a sin
For her position to come around
She needs to come down
From the Ivory Hightower she’s in!
Hightower, the cops mouthpiece
Says info to the Guardian must cease
So now we can’t
Get news of a different slant
When it’s about our local police!
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