Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Wednesday, August 21, 2019

County officials in Oregon are threatening to investigate their local newspaper's reporters for a basic part of journalism - making phone calls and sending emails - which the officials claim may constitute "telephonic harassment."

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... may have committed crimes by making phone calls and sending emails "after hours," ...

My basic premise on this is that government officials should expect to be contacted by reporters.

Sending an email at 10am on a Saturday, while "after hours," is not something at all unreasonable for an investigating reporter to do.

If they are putting up this much of a smoke screen, that leads me to wonder what the officials are hiding? More investigative reporters should dig into this one.


#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-08-21 08:47 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

Calling asking a question is one thing. Calling five times and asking the same question is harassment. If the answer is no, dont ask to explain yourself. Or if they say, "no comment", leave it at that. The probing is probably what pisses people off.

#2 | Posted by boaz at 2019-08-22 08:38 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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