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Press: Dead dog 60, Dead Humans 0

By mid-afternoon Thursday, the story about a man charged with murdering a woman and her daughter in Post Falls had elicited zero comments on cdapress.com. Meantime, a story about a Coeur d'Alene police officer shooting a dog had generated 43 comments. And that didn't include the 17 comments on the press release issued by police and published on cdapress.com Wednesday afternoon. Dead dog 60, dead humans 0. What strange times these are. We understand some of the keyboard backlash was generated by the fact police misidentified the dog as a pit bull; it was a black Labrador retriever. Some folks are downright touchy when it comes to pinning anything bad on pit bulls. … But none of this explains why readers would be moved to the point of sharing their thoughts in writing on the shooting of a dog but not on the horrific murder of a young woman and her 5-year-old daughter/Coeur d'Alene Press Editorial Board. More here.

Question: This Coeur d'Alene Press editorial brings up an excellent point: Why are we so concerned about a dog being shot by an officer in downtown Coeur d'Alene & hardly notice the strangulation deaths of a young mother and her 5-year-old daughter in Post Falls?


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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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