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News blogging goes wrong

KCJJ-AM in Coralville is reporting that a blogger for the Iowa City Press-Citizen has been charged with disorderly conduct for, among other things, blowing a high-pitched whistle to rile up neighborhood dogs.

She then complained about the barking dogs on her blog. Uh, and the blog is still running. She posted something today.

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2 Responses

  1. Michael says:

    Adam, should the P-C remove her blog because she was charged with disorderly conduct? I’m confused by your second paragraph. She’s not employed by the Press-Citizen, she is only utilizing their software to maintain a blog as user-generated content.

    Disorderly conduct = Take down the blog? I’m interested to know your thoughts on why that should affect her ability to participate in user-generated content.

    I’m not condoning her actions, in the least! I think it’s hysterically funny that she tries to save a squirrel, but is charged with DC for trying to get dogs to stop barking. That’s classic.

  2. adambelz says:

    I should have been more clear. She caused the dogs to start barking, and then complained about the barking on her blog. At least that’s how I read it. That’s “user-generated” content in the truest sense! A reporter would be crucified for such behavior.

    But she is only a blogger using the newspaper’s software, I guess, so the newspaper is under no obligation to remove her blog.

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