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Friday
Apr042014

Investigative Journalism - How?

Big News! Big News!

The Nashua Paper has been reporting in a news release what the NH Democrat “pro-non-resident voter” Party gave the paper to print!

Then, out of nowhere, the democrat party has a press release about their story in the Nashua paper!

http://www.nhinsider.com/press-releases/2014/4/4/nhdp-leadership-to-discuss-walt-havensteins-residency-and-ta.html

Going back to using the Nashua Paper as a source of their own material, the pro-non-resident voter Democrat Party covers its own coverage. Great coverage if you can get it.

From the Democrat press release:

“That same report found that in addition to registering a car in Maryland, Havenstein briefly held a driver’s license in that state. New Hampshire doesn’t allow someone to hold a valid driver’s license in this state while having an active license in another state. [Nashua Telegraph, 3/31/14, State of New Hampshire, accessed 4/2/14]”

How does a reporter from a small paper in Nashua get the details on whether a person has a driver’s license in another state?

Does Maryland GIVE that information out?

Don’t think so!

Here is the Maryland statute adopting the federal law regarding driver’s license privacy:

11.11.09.01. 01 Purpose and Scope… The purpose of this chapter is to comply with the Maryland Public Information Act, State Government Article, §10-611 et seq. and with the federal Driver's Privacy Protection Act of 1994 (18 U.S.C. §2721 et seq. effective September 13, 1997, in order to: A. Maintain the confidentiality of motor vehicle drivers' records including personal information; and B. Establish procedures for applicants to obtain records eligible to be disclosed.

Am I supposed to believe that the Nashua Paper has some special way of obtaining private information about any person’s driver’s license?

Or did some source within a certain party that planted the “investigative” stories in the Nashua Paper get that information through some special source?

Out of state, non-resident voters ply their trade all over Nashua and they get no special investigation from the Nashua Paper.

The Nashua Paper reserves their “investigations” for planted stories about Republican candidates.

Nothing new here from that paper.

I have a suggestion for the Nashua Paper though.

How about using your special source (wink, wink) to see if some of the non-resident voters in Nashua ever had a HN driver’s license?

Try this guy: Paolo Cozzi votes in Nashua but lives out of state. Did he ever have a NH driver’s license?

How about Nashua voter Alysha Tierney of Ludlow Ma.?

Maybe Nashua voter Janice Rottenberg of South Bend Indiana?

The Nashua Paper could try investigating some of the out of town relatives of elected officials in Nashua who vote from Nashua homes for NH driver’s licenses.

My guess is that the Nashua Paper’s “source” will not be too eager to dig up that information.

 

 

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