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Melissa: Don’t Shoot The Messenger

"I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to defend myself or this news organization because people don’t want us to report the news. The latest example: the story Jeff Humphrey did yesterday about a South Hill daycare shut down because one of the people who lives there was arrested for lewd conduct with a child in Idaho. We heard about the arrest through an email into our general news mailbox ( We followed up with Post Falls Police and confirmed the details of the arrest. Then, we looked through public records for the state of Washington and found the licensing info for the Your [sic] a Good Kid Daycare. In the course of his reporting, Jeff called the Washington Dept of Early Learning to see if the license for the child care center had been suspended because of the investigation"/Melissa Luck, KXLY. More here.

Question: Have you ever been mad at a news organization for printing a story re: a possible crime? Tell us about it.

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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