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Two Manchester (NH) police officers were treated and released after being shot on Friday. On Saturday, Manchester police spokesman Brian O’Keefe sent this to local journalists: Coveno-Amy2014-jpg-1


Ofc. Hardy will be home, but PLEASE respect his privacy and do not attempt to interview him or his family. He and Officer O’Connor made it clear that they would like space and do not want any media To knock on their door and ask about the shooting.

Again, they will not speak to the media, so please respect their wishes. This is an ordeal for all involved and they wish to be with family and remain private.

If they have a change of heart, maybe we can work on something with them and all media outlets and host a presser. In the meantime, thank you for your anticipated cooperation.


WMUR-TV anchor/reporter Amy Coveno responded three minutes later:

I would take it even further and inform media outlets who violate the request they will be barred from any access to your heroes.

Just my two cents.

FYI it’s a tv rating period .. Competition to break stories is HIGH this month.

Manchester police chief Enoch Willard wrote nine minutes later:

Thank you, Amy. Indeed, thus far several media outlets disregarded my request and infringed on the privacy of these officers by knocking on their doors and in one case on the bedroom window of an officers child.

Reporters knocked on doors to try to talk to people in the news? Oh my gosh! No access to heroes for them!

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Missoula County (Montana) Sheriff’s Department public information officer Brenda Bassett claims Missoulian reporter Kate Haake has misquoted her colleagues, and “often fails to give us adequate times to respond to her inquiries and/or will try to contact multiple people within our office in an attempt to get more information than what she can legally be given. In the past, she was been quite successful at it.”

So, it appears she’s an aggressive reporter.

Bassett, a former TV reporter, claims in a memo that she’s struck a deal with Missoulian management that prohibits Haake from contacting sheriff’s office employees by phone. “Kate has been instructed by her editor, to send all questions via email to me.” (Bassett’s memo is here.)

That’s news to Missoulian editor Sherry Devlin. She tells Romenesko readers:/CONTINUES Read More