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Marty Jeers Grant’s Misstatements

JEERS ... to Idaho Democratic Party Chairman Larry Grant. Twice now, his organization has fallen into the Emily Litella trap -- so misstating the case against otherwise outrageous Republican behavior that one is forced to say, in the words of Gilda Radner's "Saturday Night Live" character, "Oh, never mind." First it was the case of state Treasurer Ron Crane. A legislative audit showed Crane had lavishly spent state money for his daily commute to work as well as on a series of trips to New York City to secure Idaho's bond rating on tax anticipation notes - and then failing to account for his expenses. In a Feb. 2 release, the Democratic Party wrote: "The audit noted that Crane has not used the state reporting system to track expenses for annual rafting trips." Next came the correction: "A previous version of this press release was in error due to a reader's mistake. Crane failed to account for bond rating trips." That's rating trips, not rafting trips, Emily/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More Cheers & Jeers here.

Question: Have you ever made an error in an news release from your organization?

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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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