Lying Media Bastards

July 4, 2005

Reporter Lines Up the Crosshairs

Wow, what tremendous assholes.

1) Local man files lawsuit against his city government (with the help of ACLU Nebraska), asking the city to remove a Ten Commandments monument from a public park. Your standard separation of church and state sort of thing.

2) Local man tries to keep his identity secret, for fear of retaliation by angry Christians. ACLU Nebraska claims that they’ve already faced incredible harassment for taking this case, and tries to shield their client. The article above cites “John Doe” claiming that he’s already received “threats to firebomb my house, to have my son beaten”, which further show the need for him to remain anonymous (although I’m not sure how he got the threats if his name was secret).

3) Local paper the Omaha World-Herald digs up John Doe’s true identity.

4) ACLU Nebraska tries to get an injunction against the World-Herald to prevent them from publishing this info. World-Herald says that they only want to “serve the public interest.” ACLU loses.

5) World-Herald publishes John Doe’s name, a picture of his license plate, his employer, a photo of John Doe himself, his make of car, and a vague location and description of John Doe’s house.

If anyone hurts this guy, you may as well name the newspaper as an accomplice.

If you’d like to say a few words to the newspaper’s staff, their contact information is right here.

Posted by Jake on July 4, 2005 10:50 am

5 Comments »

  1. what fucking bitches.

    Comment by Louis — July 5, 2005 @ 12:08 pm

  2. This is one of those instances where I would like to be able to say “Only in Nebraska..” but it simply would not be true. What unethical assholes.

    Comment by Chardos — July 5, 2005 @ 5:10 pm

  3. makes me so ill.
    i suggested to them that they should just put this phrase under their name: “Christian fundamentalist newspaper of Omaha”.

    Creepy, creepy, creepy.

    Comment by margaret — July 6, 2005 @ 2:46 pm

  4. Jake, thanks for covering this story. How about adding an “e-mail this story to a friend” feature to your blog?

    Comment by indy — July 6, 2005 @ 8:08 pm

  5. Freedom of the press is a wonderful thing for those that can afford the presses, the distribution system, etc.

    I live in Omaha and can avow that the Omaha World-Herald is merely another propaganda disseminating device desighed to maintain the status quo; the wealthy and powerful maintaining control of the systems of power.

    Comment by obbop — September 6, 2005 @ 5:19 pm

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