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“Dope Reporter” Warning During High Water

The long standing tradition of awarding the coveted GUARDIAN “Dope Reporter” status is about to re-emerge during the high water season along area rivers and streams. The rules are simple. Any TV newsy caught needlessly standing in water will get the award. True rescues, wading to get a good camera angle, and other legitimate moves […]

Dope Reporter Nomination For Visual Math Effort

We haven’t made any “Dope Reporter” awards recently, but KIVI Channel 6 reporter Tina Jensen was nominated Tuesday by a reader for a convoluted attempt to use three “visuals” to make a TV story out of a dry census report about poverty. Jensen noted there are 255,000 thousand people in Idaho living at or below […]

Extreme TV Dope Reporter

We got an anonymous tip–either from a wannabe TV anchor or just a competing newsie saying KTVB-7 anchorman Mark Johnson was a candidate for the coveted GUARDIAN TV dope reporter award. The mug shot can be viewed at Officers from Boise PD made the DUI pinch Saturday night. He is to appear in court […]

Award Winning TV Flood Coverage

Mike Vogel at KTVB Channel 7 has joined the ranks of “award winning” TV reporters caught wading in flood waters. A DOPE REPORTER award is automatically bestowed on any TV reporter caught on camera wading in flood waters…the GUARDIAN source said Vogel was wearing boots and reporting at noon Friday from the Hailey area where […]

Most Dope Reporters at 6 or 7?

Reader BOISECYNIC sent a message with a nomination for a “Dope Reporter” award to Robie Johnson at Channel 7. She was caught standing in floodwater in the Greenbelt tunnel under Main Street Wednesday. Due to the bright sun and the deep shadow of the tunnel Cynic was unable to get a good digtital photo from […]

GBAD and Visitor Bureau Attract Herpes Convention

The only thing more comical than the Greater Boise Auditorium District landing a convention of herpes experts is the headline in the DAILY PAPER which proclaims: “HERPES EXPERTS IN BOISE AT SAME TIME AS BASQUES.” The Statesman headline writer gets a coveted “DOPE REPORTER AWARD” from the GUARDIAN for perhaps the worst mix and match […]

Ada County Markets Drugs For CVS

In what can only be described as one of the most brilliant marketing schemes in recent memory, CVS Caremark has convinced county government to distribute prescription discount cards on its behalf. At first blush it sounds great: Ada County Residents “qualify” for an average 22% savings on prescription drugs. Truth is, residents of ANY county […]

I Wanna See Flames

Reader JOHN offers up a dope award nomination for Channel 7 reporter Ysabel Bilbao. “I have a nomination for a new category of dope award–The Golden Dope. Go to KTVB.COM. Search for Bilbao under the video on demand. Watch ‘Fire crews work to save Silver Creek Plunge’. Yep, She actually says she hopes the flames […]

Monday Morning Media Madness

Even the GUARDIAN sometimes runs short of material. But we NEVER, NEVER publish two year old reruns of stories written by former employees who work as media spin doctors for state government. Not even with our twisted sense of absurd humor would we run a picture of a horse’s patute–with tail raised no less–under the […]


How quickly a year passes! Fed up with lack of response from local leaders and eager to provide a forum for concerned citizens, the GUARDIAN was launched just about a year ago. Daily hits have jumped from a few hundred in May 2005 to a whopping 20,000 daily in May 2006. Our first story was […]

Topics For Discussion, Little Real News

BOISE RIVER continues to flood, there are so many reporters wading in the water we can’t justify any more “dope reporter awards.” Seems like Mother Nature is the only culprit to blame for the extra snow and runoff, but it does seem like there are a lot of structures close to the river. DOWNTOWN is […]

Everything Old Is New Again

Using the same old tactics of surveys, studies, and lots of manipulation of public opinion, Boise Mayor Dave Bieter’s “Trolley Folly or Desire named Street Car” has risen from the ashes of bad ideas like a Phoenix. IDAHO STATESMAN‘s Sven Berg has the latest edition of the rails-in-the-street plan posted today with an even bigger […]

Correct Numbers, Wrong Name Intersection

Jeff Platt of KBOI-TV is the latest winner of a coveted Dope Reporter award for an innocent mistake last week. He was nominated by GUARDIAN reader Eric Oden. While standing at HORSESHOE BEND ROAD and STATE street he reported on plans for the modification of an intersection more than a mile away at EAGLE ROAD […]

Former Mayor Portrayed As Dead Philanthropist

It’s been awhile since we have issued a DOPE REPORTER award, but someone at KTVB gets the honor for this morning’s photo mix up. The early report on KTVB Channel 7 news Monday headlined the death of Velma Morrison, the millionaire philanthropist, but the image on the screen was that of former mayor and city […]

Prompt Policeman Pulls Part From Pump

Since we don’t get the media reports from Boise PD anymore, we can’t tell you if this little story got reported to the rest of the media or not. However, based on our reader report, we think it was true and worth sharing. Now if we can just get the video! “True Story! Witnessed today […]

Bashing The Daily Paper

Apparently things at the Daily Paper are more unsettled than we previously thought. We all know media wonks love to “tell all” and tip each other on stories they either are too lazy to write or don’t want their names on…it cuts the chances of landing one of those cushy government jobs if you bash […]

One Belt Too Many

Looks like we’ll have to dust off the old GUARDIAN “Dope Reporter Award” and pass it along to KIVI-TV Channel 6 reporter Shane Johnson for brandishing a leather belt while reporting on a strangulation murder trial Thursday evening during the 6 p.m. newscast. We were fearful he would drop trou in front of the Ada […]

As Simple As Breathing

Talk about a positive approach and “good news!” Three headlines in the printed paper Thursday demonstrate a certain “dope reporter “ mentality. They detail a problem with vehicle air pollution in one story and even acknowledge growth as a cause. The story below crows about 14% growth in Meridian and describes Boise’s .2% growth as […]

Bulls Have Just One Teet

UPDATED VERSION KBCI-TV anchor Steve Liebenthal is the latest winner of a GUARDIAN Dope Reporter Award. (At first we had identfied the winner as reporter Art Swift) Congratulations to the Idaho Native who will no doubt always remember the following lesson from reader Razzbar on the subject of “Bovine Anatomy 101:” “Tonight on channel 2, […]

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