East Chapter hosts wartime free-press talk

The eastern Idaho chapter of the Idaho Press Club on Jan. 25 hosted a talk and book-signing by John Byrne Cooke of Jackson, Wyo., author of “Reporting the War: Freedom of the Press from the American Revolution to the War on Terrorism.”

The evening was held in the downstairs room of Vino Rosso, an Idaho Falls wine bar, starting with hors d’ouevres and socializing. Cooke, son of longtime BBC commentator Alistair Cooke, spoke about the critical importance of an informed populace to democracy, pointing to the Declaration of Independence and its assertion that “governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed.”

About 25 to 30 people came. As a membership builder, it was a good way to put ourselves back on the map. We hope to sponsor more events of this kind.

Paul Menser, Eastern Idaho Chapter President