“Keenevention was definitely the place to be if you have any interest in discussing productive ways to protest, work around, or blatantly disregard the State.” -Blogger Richard Masta
Most of Saturday and Sunday from Keenevention 2014 are described in detail on Richard Masta’s excellent blog, “Dispatches from Keenevention 2014“. The investigative journalist raves about the event and includes in-depth reviews of multiple panels and speeches, various encounters and conversations, and lots of photos from the panels as well as the HALLOWKEENE costume dance party.
The first person I noticed in the lobby was also wearing a stand-out hat. This fellow was Hunter S. Thompson — he had the cigarette, the Hawaiian shirt, the glasses, you name it. Oh, this was going to be a fun weekend…
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”
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.
Armed with video cameras and pockets full of change, a group of self-styled “Robin Hooders” patrols the streets of Keene, N.H., filling expired meters and relentlessly questioning parking enforcement officers whom they believe are “stealing” from citizens to fill the city’s coffers. (more…)
Robin Hood goes to Washington..err..Concord • James hassled over his retired police cruiser – Show me the law • Infamous FL speed trap town dissolves corrupt police department • Running and losing in the primaries • The chicken coop roof is on fire • James and Garret • Show notes at: BlackSheepRising.org