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Q&A — Why 8 Second Delay On SR Webcasts?

Sam The Intern: As a journalist I felt it my duty to time the delay on the Spokesman-Review's Web cast of the afternoon meeting. I counted it at about 8 seconds. Something to ponder: Is this so we don't have a "Janet Jackson Superbowl Moment" in the newsroom?

DFO: That's an escape valve, I believe, to prevent the 15 to 25 online viewers from hearing something inappropriate from one of the gathered editors. (BTW, if a group of lions is called a pride and a group of birds is a flock, what is the term for a group of editors? A terror of editors?) Anyway, some concern was expressed prior to going on line that an editor might slip and turn the air blue. Mebbe this is a preventative measure?

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.