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Barker: Craig Story Triggers Media Firestorm

When Sen. Larry Craig’s arrest became public Monday afternoon, thanks to a report on Roll Call’s Web site, the news spread faster than a windswept fire through dry Idaho rangeland. As soon as I got a call on it, I passed it on to our editors who were already getting the story out on and working with Dan Popkey to write his report in today’s Idaho Statesman. I returned to the newsroom and was told to prepare for an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. Popkey would be too busy writing. I have covered Craig’s career since 1985. I covered his 2002 reelection campaign and even investigated the rumors surrounding his homosexual behavior back in 1996 when I worked in Idaho Falls. I turned up nothing credible just as several other Idaho journalists had done until the Minnesota arrest and Popkey’s report today -- Rocky Barker/Idaho Statesman.

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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.