It’s not VICE’s first time reporting on a Free State Project participant. They last covered Free Keene blogger Rich Paul facing down decades in prison for selling cannabis. Now, they turn to alcohol in this report on deregulating nanobreweries featuring FSP participant and early mover Kevin Bloom.
This piece by AP reporter Lynne Tuohy is being published all over and the headlines vary from misleading to acceptable.
For instance, the worst headline of them all is WCVB‘s, which says, “Keene’s parking meter ‘Robin Hooders’ must back off.” When the people calling themselves “the city” tell you you must do something, generally that means it must be done, or else violence will be used against you. In this case, that’s not at all what has happened. The city of Keene folks WANT Robin Hooders to “back off” and they’ve filed a lawsuit to try to force us to. “We want” is very different from “You must”.
The article itself is more honest, and reveals that in fact the city lost their case at superior court and is appealing to the NH supreme court. Obviously, the author of the article does not choose the headlines, that would be one of the editors of the paper. Thanks to Lynne and the AP for the coverage, despite the awful, seemingly default headline.
Here’s a sampling of headlines that various news outlets chose for this story:
- Seacoast Online, Concord Monitor, KSN-TV in Wichita: “City: Quarter-toting ‘Robin Hooders’ must back off” (There were more than one of these. Perhaps AP suggested this particular headline.)
- The Guardian (UK): “Parking ‘Robin Hoods’ told to stop harassing meter-readers in city lawsuit”
- USA Today: “‘Robin Hooders’ pay expired meters for political capital”
- Portland Press Herald (ME): “Not-so-random acts of protest: Parking’s ‘Robin Hooders’ not very merry”
- Salem News (MA): “Officials: Quarter-toting ‘Robin Hooders’ in N.H. must back off”
- The Columbian (WA): “N.H. city calls quarter-toting ‘Robin Hooders’ a hazard”
- FOX News: “City: Quarter-toting ‘Robin Hooders’ harassed meter-readers, should have to back off”
As has become fairly common, people are talking about Keene activists across the web. In this case, thanks to the recent hilarious Colbert Report spoof. Here are a few of the many sites featuring the video:
It took months for the Colbert Report to air the footage they shot back in June, but it was worth the wait. As expected, they skewered us pretty well! Here’s the hilarious report on Robin Hood of Keene & Free Keene that aired last night on Colbert:
Thanks to Jesse and the rest of the Colbert crew for the coverage. For the record, Chris Cantwell is not a blogger at Free Keene.
Just a couple of weeks ago, Bitcoin Magazine ran a story about New Hampshire’s lively Bitcoin scene. Prior to that, Bitcoin Magazine filed a video report from the bitcoin-accepting Stone Farm in Fitzwilliam and reported on this year’s Liberty Forum in Nashua.
Now Cryptocoin Magazine has published a story by Evander Smart that asks, “Is New Hampshire the most Bitcoin-friendly place in the United States?” What do you think?
This one-hour documentary is packed with 101 persuasive reasons why New Hampshire is the best destination for liberty-loving people. In addition to focusing on lots of reasons why New Hampshire is already a great, more-free place to live, it also showcases some of the successes of the Free State Project‘s early movers thus far. It’s an amazing film and kudos goes to executive producer Vince Perfetto and especially producer and editor Beau Davis for making it happen. This movie is going to be the key to pushing the Free State Project to 20,000 signers and triggering the official move – please share it as widely as you can!