the News We Want to Print
June 7, 2001
Those on this list
are far more informed about events in the McGuckin case than are those who
live in North Idaho. Unbelievably enough, the local print media are all
parroting the government line, lock, stock and barrel.
Letters to the
editor of the Spokesman Review, initially quite harsh toward both JoAnn and
myself, have moderated of late, but still reflect a strong bias against the
McGuckins, a direct reflection of the editorial and reporting bias shown in
print about this matter. Thankfully, the paper has stopped
mentioning me at all. The paper took an immediate kneejerk reaction
against the case because I was associated with it. It also always
marches lockstep with local government officials in all matters. You
see, I was on the politically-incorrect side of the Aryan Nations case last
year, because I saw it as a pure 1st Amendment case, and actually had the
temerity to sue the local papers for libel when they did their best
to make it appear that I was a Nazi, just like my clients. You, of
course, know that nothing could be further from the truth. They have
never forgotten or forgiven me for that indiscretion.
Of course, all of
my public statements are ignored by them, as well, including my open letter to Phil
Robinson, which has been so well received everywhere it has gone.
Despite the fact that I faxed and emailed them a copy of it yesterday, it
doesn't even rate a spot in the Letters section, let alone being considered
"newsworthy." The same is true of the other local papers, the
Bonner County Daily Bee and The Coeur d'Alene Press.
Do we have enough
horsepower through you and your friends to change this? Let's find out.
Here are the email addresses and fax numbers for these papers:
Many of you have
asked what you could do. Well, here is something that only you
can do. Let these newspapers hear from enough of us and maybe they
will print my open letter to Phil Robinson tomorrow. Go get 'em.
"I didn't say it would be easy. I just said it
would be the truth."
Copyright © Edgar J. Steele,
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