On the dark side

frazier DAVID
FRAZIER

 
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Just yesterday a group of political has-beens and news junkies were chatting over coffee bemoaning the state of local journalism.

“Popkey still has some pretty good sources. He is pretty much the go-to-guy at the Statesman if you want something printed,” said one of the old-time news guys. He added, “He has a list of stories to write, so he is never out of material.”

Well…so much for that! Dan Popkey has fled the sinking news ship fleet and like most of his fellow sailors, he will begin slurping at the public trough (of U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador) where the rations are much richer than the private sector. Popkey, 55, has spent most of his adult life at the Statesman, nearly 30 years.

We wish him well and offer a heartfelt “thanks” for exposing so many inside stories about Idaho politicos while covering Idaho politics. It saddens us to think he is now one of them. Not a real surprise since most of the AP staffers and former Statesman capitol writers have ended up sucking the government teat.

Since the first of the year we have seen the Associated Press lose Todd Dvorak to the Idaho Attorney General PR machine, fellow AP staffer John Miller left the country to do PR work in Switzerland, and now Popkey has joined the darling of TV’s Meet The PRess, Rep. Raul Labrador.

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  1. TonyC said:

    There’s nothing wrong with working for the government if you’re doing it to improve the common good. Of course Labrador is doing the very opposite, and helps make Idaho a laughingstock of the nation while doing so. If Popkey cares to align himself with fools and hucksters, it’s his business, but it’s people like Labrador who give government a bad name and allow people like Frazier to throw around comments about “slurping at the public trough” and “sucking the government teat” as if they had some intrinsic meaning. Perhaps if he dropped his faux cynicism for a while he’d see that.

    July 31, 2014

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