Only 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:
 
Spokesman Review - tel 208-344-6718; fax 208-765-7149; email editor@spokesman.com
 
Bonner County Daily Bee - tel 208-263-9534; fax 208-263-9091; email kmiller@cdapress.com
 
Coeur d'Alene Press - tel 208-664-0212; fax 208-664-0212; email editor@cdapress.com
 
Idaho Statesman - tel 208-377-6200; fax 208-377-6449; email news@idstates.com
 
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.



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