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Commenter in lawsuit identifies herself

A woman who claims to have posted a comment on a Spokesman-Review blog that triggered a defamation lawsuit has revealed her identity.

Linda Cook said her suggestion to ask Kootenai County Republican Party chairwoman Tina Jacobson about alleged missing money in the Kootenai County GOP coffers, which Cook posted under the moniker “almostinnocentbystander,” was based on information she’d heard from a board member.

“At the time that I said it, I was convinced that it was not false, and it certainly wasn’t said with malice,” said Cook, who’s active in Kootenai County politics and was an aide to the late Idaho Congressman Helen Chenoweth-Hage.

Read the rest of my story here.

SR: Judge Mulls Commenters Suit

Here's the SR version of today's court hearing: Forcing The Spokesman-Review to reveal the identities of three anonymous commenters on its Huckleberries Online blog would quell free speech by raising fears that people posting critical remarks would be outed and sued, the newspaper’s attorney argued Friday in court. “It’s an issue of huge concern to The Spokesman-Review. If people are going to be outed on that site…it will lose its effectiveness” as a news forum about matters of importance in North Idaho, said the news company’s attorney, Duane Swinton, of Witherspoon Kelley.  The Spokesman-Review asked an Idaho district court judge to quash a subpoena filed by Kootenai County Republican chairwoman Tina Jacobson, seeking the identities of three Huckleberries Online readers who commented anonymously about her. Jacobson’s attorney, C. Matthew Andersen, of Winston & Cashatt, argued that Jacobson’s reputation was harmed by the remarks, and he needed the commenters’ identities to pursue a defamation lawsuit. District Court Judge John Luster made no decision Friday, saying he required time to consider the matter/Becky Kramer, SR. More here.


DFO’s blog instructions

Actually, he just left one instruction: “Don’t overdo it.”

Well. No need to worry about that :-) If you had a sub the next time you took a day off, what kind of instructions would you leave them?

Fasten Your Seatbelts — 1st Post Ever

OrangeTV found the first post I ever made on this blog (on 2/16/09) in the archives of Huckleberries Online. It was called “Fasten Your Seatbelts.” (As you scroll down to that post, you’ll see what the original blog thread, then called No Holds Barred, looked like. Also, you’ll notice that the first post is dated Feb. 19. For some reason I moved it from it’s starter spot — and that changed the time and date) Enjoy:

“For those who have developed a taste for Huckleberries, Hot Potatoes and other basic food groups in North Idaho, I’m taking it to the next level today … by moving on up to blogging. If you don’t know what that means, sound it out: blog, bah-log, Web log. In other words, a blog is a combination Web diary/column/train-of-consciousness thing. Here’s what I hope to accomplish with my blog:

  • 1. Let folks in North Idaho know what’s going on behind the scenes in political races and North Idaho governments.
  • 2. Comment on the stories of the day.
  • 3. Bring important Web stories to your attention.
  • 4. Use the blog to test drive new words for my Hot Potatoes columns on Sundays and Wednesdays — words such as ap-hollow-gize and institution-all-lies, which speak for themselves.

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HBO @ Noon: Avatars, Anyone?

I noticed in the New & Improved Comments section that Bent congratulated HBO’s southern gentleman, Brent Andrews, on his comments avatar. I congratulate you guys on pretty clever Avatars. I’m using one from this summer when Chris Wagar & I were involved in that press conference involving the couple who were cited for spanking their children at the Fourth of July Parade. I encourage you all to register (easy smeasy) and find a cool Avatar.

Question: Who has the coolest avatar so far?

A Work In Progress

As you can see by now, there’s some bugs in the roll-out of the new Huckleberries Online. But I can already see the plusses outweigh the minuses. Blogmeister Ryan & Co. fixed a bunch of things yesterday. And had 60 more work orders this morning to handle re: the new online site and blogs. He’s monitoring this site and your comments to continue to make improvements. Please use this post to provide your thoughts re: the new site.