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Overnight Mail — KREM Plays Santa Near Easter

JBelle: Here’s something that lets me know that a Guardian ad Litem should be on the table: earlier this morning, I read somewhere here that Shasta herself want to speak to the media, on an extemporaneous basis while celebrating her late brother’s birthday. Adults involved thought it was fine, under the circumstances. A little girl feels a certain comfort, getting with the electronic media and putting her feelings out less than one year after she’s been kidnapped, raped, tortured and held? Do I read this right? that she has been established in her own mind as a celebrity of sorts, who is compelled to put out her own messages to keep things straight with the public? And ADULTS, family and non-family alike, support these pursuits. KREM is like a Santa Claus greeting: you know, HO! HO! HO! Merrrry Christmas! ‘Cept it ain’t Christmas two weeks out of Easter.

DFO: Shasta has a federally appointed guardian ad litem, of sorts. I’ll bet he didn’t know anything about the publicity stunt. I’ll also bet that the KREM/KHQ interviews with Shasta will be fodder for analysis by Editor & Publisher or some other major industry publication. BTW, if you haven’t read the interesting threads about the appropriateness of the Shasta interviews, click here and here.

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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