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HucksOnline Makes NPR Cameo

NPR just posted “All Things Considered” story by Martin Kaste re: Tina Jacobson case vs. Linda Cook (pictured), including this excerpt from Yours Truly: “But Dave Oliveria, who runs Huckleberries Online, the Spokesman-Review blog where the offending comment appeared, feels differently. “To have free speech in this community, I think you have to have anonymity,” Oliveria argues. Huckleberries Online covers Coeur d'Alene and northern Idaho, small communities where there's a constant battle between the factions of the dominant Republican Party. “In this town, there's so much infighting, if some of these folks identified themselves, they couldn't make these comments,” Oliveria says. “I have a lot of folks online here that are in a lot of key positions in the community.” If his bosses at the Spokesman-Review required real names, he says, it would kill his blog — and deprive the community of a crucial forum. But Oliveria also admits he can only keep that discussion constructive by spending a lot of time monitoring it, and blocking the trolls. More here. Audio available at 4 p.m.

Question: Did I describe the political climate here accurately?

Cook-Jacobson Story Goes On NPR

A lawsuit in north Idaho over anonymous comments posted in an online forum attracted national attention. Now, the commenter at the center of that dispute has unmasked herself. The case reveals a rift within the north Idaho Republican Party. Linda Cook of Rathdrum, Idaho, pictured, is a former congressional aide and long-time Republican campaign worker. Back in February, Cook made anonymous comments on a north Idaho blog hosted by the Spokane Spokesman-Review newspaper. Using the pseudonym “almostinnocentbystander” Cook asked a question insinuating that the chair of the local party, might have pocketed $10,000 in party funds. Party chair Tina Jacobson called for an audit and filed a defamation suit. But Cook says she wanted to use the anonymous forum to address a feud over party expenditures/Jessica Robinson, National Public Radio. More here including audio of story with Linda Cook comment.

  • DFO: Martin Kaste, the NPR reporter from Seattle who interviewed me last week for another story that's about to come out, tells me that the audio version of the story played just in the Northwest, while the print version went national.


Minnick Wearied Of Asking For Money

Minnick says his friends grew weary of his repeated phone calls asking for dough during his two runs for Congress in 2008 and 2010. His comments come in a 27-minute segment titled “The Hamster Wheel,” which is the heart of an hour-long show called “Take the Money and Run for Office.” Minnick helps describe the seedy side of the fundraising that drives American politics. The program aired over the weekend and is
available online.
Minnick is a Democrat and former CEO who unseated Republican Rep. Bill Sali in 2008 and was defeated by GOP Rep. Raul Labrador in 2010. He now works as a lobbyist in Washington, D.C./Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Would you be good at asking for money if you ran for office?

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NPR Celebrates 40th Anniversary

During his visit to Huckleberries Central on Friday, U.S. Sen. Jim Risch mentions that he listens to National Public Radio, as do most of the cabbies in Washington, D.C. “You can't get into a cab anywhere in town without listening to public radio,” the senator told Huckleberries. Risch's favorite program? “A Prairie Home Companion.” Risch says he enjoys Garrison Keillor's weekend radio show that's centered on the fictional town of Lake Woebegon, Minn. However, he said he isn't an admirer of the host's personal leftist politics. Why am I telling you all this today? National Public Radio celebrated its 40th anniversary Monday. It's first broadcast, “All Things Considered,” aired on May 2, 1971. You can read more about that here.

Question: NPR wants to know which public radio personality would you most want to eat cake with?

Conservatives ♥ Tea Party

Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn. gets a hug from a supporter during a Tea Party “Continuing Revolution Rally” on Capitol Hill in Washington earlier today. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

As Democrats accuse Republican congressional leaders of being co-opted by the Tea Party in the federal budget negotiations, a new survey shows that half of all conservative voters ardently support the movement. The University of Washington poll suggests that the popularity of the Tea Party movement is wider than many political strategists have estimated. And it bolsters perceptions of Democrats and others that Tea Party supporters are as conservative about social and policy issues as they are about the Tea Party's fiscal principles/Corey Dade, NPR. More here.

Question: Do you now think that the Tea Party is here to stay — and is refashioning the Republican Party into its image?

GOP Targets Public Broadcasting

Arthur the Aardvark and Rep. Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., center, listen as Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington this morning to discuss the future of Public Broadcasting. More here. (AP Photo/Harry Hamburg)

Question: Do you support federal funding of public broadcasting?

Fox News Ailes Apologizes For ‘Nazi’ Slip

Fox News chief Roger Ailes (pictured in AP file photo) apologized Thursday to Abraham Foxman, national director for the Anti-Defamation League, after calling NPR executives “Nazis” in an interview with The Daily Beast. Ailes, in a letter, began by following up on “the Glenn Beck situation with regards to George Soros” before getting into his own references to the Third Reich. “This morning you might be receiving calls because I used the word ‘Nazi attitudes’  to describe the NPR officials who fired Juan Williams,” Ailes wrote. “I was of course ad-libbing and should not have chosen that word, but I was angry at the time because of NPR’s willingness to censor Juan Williams for not being liberal enough”/Michael Cordelone, The Cutline. More here.

Question: Do we use the word “Nazi” too much in our culture to describe people or organizations with which we disagree? And/Or Is there any value to these kinds of forced apologies?

Poll: Yes To Larsen, SF, No To NPR

  • Wednesday Poll: Demo David Larsen (90 of 159, 56.6%) is the pick over Rep. Bob Nonini (55 of 159, 34.6%) in the House District 5A race. 13 respondents won’t vote for either man.
  • NPR Poll: 74 of 144 (51.39%) don’t support federal funding for public radio. 70 of 144 (48.61%) do.
  • World Series Poll: 54 of 105 (51.43%) want to see the S.F. Giants win the World Series. 51 of 105 (48.57%) prefer to see the Texas Rangers win the series.
  • Today’s Poll: Are you going to write-in a candidate’s name in the 2010 general election?

Hammes: NPR Firing Shows Arrogance

Juan Williams, pictured, told a television audience that when he saw Muslims boarding a plane it caused him concern. Something Juan Williams now understands he never should have admitted. The group-thinkers at NPR could not allow it to stand unchallenged. Being a leading purveyor of political correctness, they know the world has more to fear from a lumberjack, miner or roughneck than radical Muslims. So they canned him. The people at NPR are shell-shocked at the reaction. The firing of Juan Williams has caused irreparable damage to the reputation and credibility of NPR. The fact they did not expect the backlash is just another example of the arrogance/Dan Hammes, St. Maries Gazette-Record. More here.

Question: What do you make of the Juan Williams’ firing by NPR?

Newscaster Daniel Schorr, 93, RIP

Veteran reporter and commentator  Daniel  Schorr sits at the microphone in the studios of National Public Radio in Washington in this October 2005 AP file photo. Schorr, the last of Edward R. Murrow’s legendary CBS team still fully active in journalism, has died at age 93. At the time this photo was taken he was interpreting national and international events as senior news analyst for NPR. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Question: Which old-time newscaster do you miss most? Why?

National Public Radio Changing New

Item: National Public Radio changing name to NPR/Washington Post

More Info: No need for formalities here: National Public Radio now says it wants to be known simply as NPR. So the Washington-based organization has quietly changed its name to its familiar initials. Much like the corporate names KFC or AT&T, the initials now stand for the initials. NPR says it’s abbreviating the name it has used since its debut in 1971 because it’s more than radio these days. Its news, music and informational programming is heard over a variety of digital devices that aren’t radios; it also operates news and music Web sites.

  • H/T: Transplanted Texan (via Facebook)

Question: Do you listen to NPR?

Virginia Doesn’t Fall For Coverup

Last week, the Virginia attorney general created a controversy by stating that it’s time that the female featured on his commonwealth’s state seal cover up. According to National Public Radio, he gave “his staff a version in which she donned a more modest armored breastplate, which he prefers you call a naughty-womanpart-plate.” The AG backed off after quite a media fuss. You can read more about it here. (H/T: Sam)

Question: Tongue firmly cheeked, NPR offers other examples of “dirty, filthy state seals,” including Idaho’s, which provides “an excellent example of tasteful censorship.” Without looking, can you tell what’s on the Idaho state seal? Also, can you guess why NPR claims that the seal represents “tasteful censorship”?

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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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