What honestly started out as an olive branch extended to the Boise FD to provide some needed warning signs has evolved (degenerated) into the police spokeswoman bumping the GUARDIAN from the media e-mail list which she said was for “media only,” but after KIVI jumped on the issue the reason for not sharing news tips and press releases was the “behavior” of editor David R. Frazier.
The GUARDIAN will continue to offer its take on local events–with or without the blessing of the Boise PD spokeswoman. We stand by our actions, intent, behavior, and facts. We are also confident any reporters who were present at the Friday media event by the river will confirm the behavior of the GUARDIAN was not only polite, and non-confrontational, but pointedly avoided interfering with the press conference. We talked to reporters at their request AFTER the press conference. One doesn’t have to forsake their rights as a citizen when they share news as a journalist.
KIVI Channel 6 talked to a media authority Tuesday at the Poynter Institute–a national media think tank based in Florida. They also asked Frazier to comment. Here is the TELEVISION NEWS. Click on the camera icon.
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Aug 11, 2010, 11:10 am
I wonder if your D-listing has anything to do with the fact that Lynn H. is married to a BFD Captain?
Aug 11, 2010, 11:39 am
I recommend that the Guardian INCREASE covering the actions of the Boise Police Dept.
If they are this concerned about a single journalist running a news blog then they must be hiding other stuff behind Ms. Hightowers skirt.
Aug 11, 2010, 2:00 pm
As a professional journalist, I stand by the Boise Guardian on this issue. Press releases are not the Holy Grail.
Aug 11, 2010, 2:55 pm
Frazier should absolutely sue Ms. “Ivory” Hightower & take her & Bieter down a notch or two. Go for her Jugular !!! Seems as though little concern is shared for lost life by drowning. Perhaps Ms. Hightower can use her media denial skills in a “new” position with BP’s coverup in the Gulf where 11 people died. Brutal Police Debauchery (BPD) …
Aug 11, 2010, 5:22 pm
Lynn Hightower must have got her de-listing G-Man idea from Tea Party icon, Sharron Angle, NV Republican Senate campaign. Turns out her PR machine is not sending news releases to Hispanic media outlets.
If it works for the big dogs….? G-Man, you might be almost as scary as brown people.
Aug 11, 2010, 8:10 pm
You seem to have forgotten a few things over the years:
Anyone who requests them has a right under Idaho law to the emails BPD
sends to the “media” or almost anyone else. The “media” have no
special rights under the law.
Check it out: http://www2.state.id.us/ag/manuals/publicrecords.pdf
Please consider this a formal request by me to receive copies of any and
all emails sent henceforth to the BPD â€œmediaâ€ list. Under the Open
Records Act, I do not have to disclose to you any reason for this request
nor do I have to be â€œqualifiedâ€ by you or the BPD to receive these
Gary E. Richardson
(former IPTV reporter/producer & public information officer for several
Aug 11, 2010, 9:19 pm
Nobody has asked the question why we need “talking heads” for virtually every public department in the city, county, schools, state, and all other public agencies.
WHY CAN’T THE PEOPLE IN CHARGE STAND ON THEIR OWN TWO FEET …LOOK US IN THE EYE AND TELL US WHAT IS GOING ON?
I am getting pretty fed up with paying these talking heads huge salaries so the people in charge can hide in their collective offices and cubicles!
These people are costing taxpayers millions to deceive us with their collective spin and govenment babble about us needing to understand budget increases are in reality a decrease in spending.
Aug 11, 2010, 9:37 pm
Checked “OUR IDAHO” website and Ms. Hightower makes $33.2/hr or a base salary of $69,000.000/yr. plus a benefits package worth at least another 34% for a total of $92,500.00 at the public trough.
Spin is in at all levels and now they have our beloved Dave in their sights. His blog is causing them pain and suffering and they just won’t have Dave trying to help keep the citizens of Boise safe and informed.
Aug 11, 2010, 10:12 pm
If I were the city, the last person I’d mess with is Dave Frazier! Hasn’t that guy been known to take this kinda stuff to the State Supreme Court? UH OH
Aug 11, 2010, 10:59 pm
They can not be allowed to get away with this. The constitution was not written on toilet paper!
Aug 12, 2010, 1:26 am
A completely moronic post.
Aug 12, 2010, 7:49 am
This PDF of former Idaho journalists illustrates the gross number of Public Information Officers/communication folks who are on the public payroll.
Aug 12, 2010, 8:29 am
Aug 12, 2010, 3:49 pm
Wow! I’m so damn proud of you I could bust a button!!!!!!!!!!!!
Hightower’s comments were almost laughable.
Sick-em, Dave! Take the bums out!
Remember what we used to sing at high school football games: “…Push ‘em back, push ‘em back – wayyyy back!”
You handled this entire thing soooo well! You came off looking like a hero, and they came away with both eyes black. You were sincere, courteous, well-meaning, and even more – well spoken. If anyone ever had any doubt about your earnest desire to do the right thing with your blog, I’ll bet they’ll have a hard time doubting you now.
You’re busy so I won’t take up any more time.
I just wanted to say: “Thanks, man, and keep up the wonderful job you’re doing!!!”
Aug 12, 2010, 5:38 pm
GV observer, your link on all the media types on the public payroll is amazing. Virtually millions and millions are paid to these people becuase the people in charge can’t or won’t take the time to do their own talking.
I wonder what the real cost to taxayers is for these people who have crept into the public payroll? They serve no function but “spin” on issues.
Aug 12, 2010, 8:09 pm
The Boise Guardian is a giant pain in the ass to the local government. Keep up the good work!
Aug 12, 2010, 8:48 pm
Dave, it’s not you; It’s that you provide a place for the citizen to voice things the government has always been able to ignore until now. The political campaign directors and government lawyers are now dealing one on one with “Joe the Plumber” and really don’t like it. This is why the powers that be on the federal level want to control the internet. It might be ACLU time Dave; as much as I dislike that bunch of liberal crazies, they like this kind of fight.
Aug 12, 2010, 8:56 pm
Lynn, you’re all wet. You merely have your finger in the small leak while it floods all around you. Freedom of information is one of the most unstoppable forces on this planet. Being a former news reporter; you of all people should know that. Perhaps you are just following orders.
Aug 13, 2010, 8:59 pm
You are badly misinformed. The “powers that be” on the federal level are NOT trying to control the internet. They are trying to keep Verizon and Google from controling the internet for their own profit. It’s called net neutrality and it is critical to the future of equality and freedom of speech on the internet.
EDITOR NOTE–Correct. Some see it as WHO exactly will control the internet, but we sure as heck don’t want those you mention grabbing control.
Aug 13, 2010, 9:00 pm
Dog’s analogy is right on.
Aug 14, 2010, 10:49 am
RSEB, Editor, The catchy title “Net Neutrality” and the rightful demonization of large internet providers is the bait for a another bait and switch legislative package that further erodes our freedoms and gives internet content controls to the government which would make the old Soviet Politburo envious. “Badly misinformed” is a statement made by a Kool-Aid drinker and propagandist. Even our dear Queen Nancy recently said “you have to pass it first to see what’s in it”. Now that it is law, we are all eagerly and fearfully waiting to find out what is in it. This is not leadership of the people by the people or for the people.
Aug 15, 2010, 6:44 am
The “journalist” list fails to mention Emily Simnitt, former intrepid gal reporter at the Statesman, who is now the go to mouthpiece for Idaho Health & Welfare. When not responding to Statesman inquiries, Simnitt provides the local radio stations with scintillating pieces on why we should reduce our salt intake.
Yepper – all that “jounalist” training comes in handy when it’s time to tell the hicks how to live their lives through government edicts – or to tell us what government wants us to hear.
Aug 15, 2010, 4:09 pm
At least we can agree on the “rightful demonization of large internet providers”.
Given a choice between control of the internet by the government or by big business, I would choose the government. But of course the best solution in no control of the internet.
Aug 16, 2010, 1:38 pm
Thanks Rod in SE, I’d be less hurt if Artianis called my comment Jamokish but moronic??? Wonder if he even knows what I was talking about?
Dec 22, 2010, 4:12 pm
While I normally agree with Dave on most issues, what I find interesting is that he continues to do things in a manner guaranteed to create chaos. Bringing signs seems a norm for him. Kinda like oober evangelical women standing on State Streeet outside Central District Health, as though their pictures will bring people to their religion. For this to happen repeatedly tells me Dave enjoys this kind of attention, for, if he didn’t, he’d act like the other reporters on every scene.
EDITOR NOTE–Diane, it still rankles me that I called the Fire Chief PRIOR to attending the press conference by the river and he agreed that we would work together and I would donate the signs…it went south from there, but the offer of the signs was no surprise to the FD and the sole intent was to make the river safe.
Dec 22, 2010, 7:42 pm
The First Amendment (Amendment I) to the United States Constitution is part of the Bill of Rights. The amendment prohibits the making of any law “respecting an establishment of religion”, impeding the free exercise of religion, infringing on the freedom of speech, infringing on the freedom of the press, interfering with the right to peaceably assemble or prohibiting the petitioning for a governmental redress of grievances — Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia.
*Press conferences are by their very nature “attention getters” to sway public opinion.
Sticking with the Bill of Rights and the Boise Guardian on this issue. There was no crime. The “punishment” of withholding press releases and information was inappropriate, immature and totally unprofessional.
I’d make a better spokesperson, and I’m highly qualified! Besides, I always give a thumbs up to good firefighters as they roar by on their way to save someone or something for miniscule pay while upper echelon types hold press conferences. (Oh, sorry if I tried to get attention here — we all do, if we want to remain competitive!)