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Internet Free CDA: Words From A Banned Blogger

I want to thank Gus, Katie and Rick for making my day today by banning courthouse access to my humble blog. Yeah, I know Gus was the main mover here. But Katie and Rick had to go along with the move to make it happen. Unless they’re so afraid of Gus’s temper that they let him steamroll them. Either way, I’m thrilled to be banned. I adhere to the old newspaper motto: Comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. Obviously the second element is in play here (although for the life of me I can’t understand what I’ve published in print or on the blog that’d make Gus’s head spin around and spit split-pea soup). Gus’s ongoing refusal to talk to the media since he was stomped by Todd Tondee in his bid for re-election is juvenile. His decision to blog access to this blog is … a gift. Gus might as well grab a sandwich board that reads “everyone should read Huckleberries Online” and go out on the courthouse lawn. He’s driving traffic here. No one’s going to pay attention to a lame-duck commissioner with a beef against a journalist. I’m happy with the free publicity and that the real Gus finally showed through to confirm our suspicions that it was time for him to start looking for another job …

Illustration Hat Tip: Dang, who observed: “Ah, government and censorship in the same sentence.”

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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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