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Patrick: Hate Groups Tricky To Cover

Mike Patrick, managing editor of the Coeur d'Alene Press, said he hates to be played. That instinct is triggered each time a hate group such as the Aryan Nations organizes and participates in an event in North Idaho. “I feel a very strong responsibility to let people know, good and bad, what's happening around you,” Patrick said Friday, speaking to more than 40 people at a panel discussion hosted by the Kootenai County Democratic Club at the Iron Horse bar and grill in Coeur d'Alene. One of the toughest parts of his job, he said, is deciding both whether and how to cover the activities of hate groups, “especially when we know that they're being perpetrated by people who really only want the publicity”/David Coles, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: How would you describe the coverage that hate groups in the Inland Northwest get from the local media: Too much? Not enough? Just about right?

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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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