Well, very interesting news has come my way…. For all of you who might be considering a move to north Idaho, I especially want to invite anyone from the independent news media. We definitely need you up here!
First, a background on local newspapers, all owned by the Hagadone Corp. (you know, the owner of the Coeur d’Alene Resort and Republican extraordinaire):
Several days before the election, the Bonner County Daily Bee published a COMPLETELY MADE-UP STORY about a local candidate, Steve Elgar. It seems that the story said that Elgar hadn’t really committed any campaign illegalities in spite of “blogs” reporting that he did. Guess what – NO SUCH BLOGS EVER EXISTED! The publisher, ever in the good graces of the Hagadone Corp., made the story up! He made it up, and then convinced a reporter to write about it! I spoke to both of them and they couldn’t even get their stories straight! And that’s just a tip of the iceberg for Hagadone media operations. This is just one of many examples of how completely Republican our news media is in north Idaho.
Now, the latest story! The most recent editor of the Bonners Ferry Herald, Robert James, was fired! According to Huckleberries Online (the north Idaho reporting for the Spokesman-Review), he was fired for endorsing Democratic candidate Jerry Brady for Governor of Idaho! Don’t you just love partisan news reporting…..
I genuinely feel sorry for the guy. I wasn’t thrilled with his editing – he frequently did not publish any LTEs from Democrats. But he did write several good articles and opinions about the Democrats, a real change from the past 20+ years. Now it seems that his editorial opinion on Jerry Brady was just too much for Hagadone et al, and the poor man and his family, who moved from Colorado to north Idaho for this job, just had their Thanksgiving ruined and may soon be parting for a less vindictive community.
Hey, I’ve been there, my name on the front page, a slam from the mayor (oh my god), and the whole bit. Not all Republicans are rotten apples, but in north Idaho they certainly seem to be arrogant about how rotten they smell….. Well, if the latest election results are indicative of anything, many people would now like to see a BLUE IDAHO! And it will happen!
So independent media, WE NEED YOU HERE!