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My2Cents — Do You Care About Freedom of Press

You saw my rant yesterday about the three clueless Idaho Supreme Court justices who voted in the 3-2 majority to allow the legislative committees to close its meetings willy-nilly: Daniel Eismann, Linda Copple Trout and Gerald Schroeder. I and my press colleagues are under the impression that we represent the people when we fight for open meetings at all levels of government, including legislative. However, these issues get little reaction from the public. Taxpayers, understandably, are more concerned about the property tax bills and tax exemptions than they are about a House committee meeting behind closed doors to hammer out a relatively obscure issue. Are we media types being arrogant when we contend we represent you? Do you think we underwrite a lawsuit against the state Legislature for you or merely to make our own jobs easier? I’m not pointing fingers. I simply want to know what you think about the media’s obsession with press freedom.

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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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