Whidbey News Times – Sound Publishing – Shallow – Lazy – Amateurs

Author:Ken Wolf

Keven R Graves’ latest editorial reflects the latest saga in shallow, lazy, and amateur journalism in Island County. Keven and his staff simply skim the surface on leading topics. This type of journalism is very similar to a joke that goes like this:

The Lone Ranger and Tonto went camping in the desert. After their tent is all set up, they fell sound asleep.

One hour later, Tonto wakes the Lone Ranger and says, “Kemo-Sabe, look towards sky, what you see?”

The Lone Ranger replies, “I see millions of stars.”

“What that tell you?” asked Tonto.

The Lone Ranger ponders for a minute and then says, “Astronomically speaking, it tells me there are millions of galaxies and potentially millions of planets.

Astrologically, it tells me that Saturn is in Leo.

Time wise, it appears to be approximately a quarter past three in the morning.

Theologically, it’s evident the Lord is all-powerful and we are small and insignificant. Meteorologically, it seems we will have a beautiful day tomorrow. What’s it tell you, Tonto?”

Tonto is silent for a moment, then says, “Kemo-Sabe, you dumb ass. Someone stole tent.”

The joke is rather funny yet when you apply the joke, starting with the last line, to Keven R. Graves you get: The Mean Girls are calling me names, and the Emerson’s are suing the county again, followed by a holier than thou pontification from the comfort of Keven’s Lazy Boy recliner.

What is missing from Whidbey News Times, Sound Publishing, and Keven R. Graves is the in-depth, intellectual analysis which is portrayed by the Lone Ranger in the joke above. Whidbey’s local fish wrappers do not perform ANY investigative reporting. Their reporting and opinions are one sided and biased, and Keven’s sanctimonious opinions are a direct reflection of Sound Publishing’s inept and lazy reporting.

This is evident in Keven’s statements such as: “By continuing the argument by filing yet another lawsuit, the Emersons aren’t being the self-sacrificing soldiers of liberty they portray themselves to be. Rather, they are acting more like children throwing a tantrum because they aren’t getting their way.”

Keven R. Graves is very much a politician, and his constituents are members of the Democratic Party. That is why every “news” article and Opinion has a derogatory slant against those who are not part of his constituency therefore, this is no surprise that Whidbey’s fish wrappers are waging war against the Tea Party, the Emersons , and anyone else with a different perspective.

Keven R. Graves also has clients who happen to be subscribers and advertisers. This group is getting screwed because Whidbey’s fish wrappers are reporting half of the story. That half of the story they focus on is the part which they want clients to see. There is NO objectivity and that does a great disservice to the clients. Whidbey’s fish wrappers skew the truth and distort the facts by not reporting the entire story, and the clients who read these distortions end up forming their decisions and opinions based upon those distortions. The advertisers are getting screwed because they pay the lion share for half-ass journalism.  This is brainwashing 101 by Whidbey’s fish wrappers and liberal media as a whole.

Whidbey’s fish wrappers claim to be professional journalists yet their reporting and opinions are very amateurish, unsophisticated, and juvenile. Keven R. Graves is lazy and focused only on the shallow, top layer of topics with the most recent being: Name calling and Emerson’s lawsuit. Whidbey’s fish wrappers are so lazy they can’t even submit a Public Records Request to dig deeper into main issues. Instead they merely parrot what county officials have to say on the subject. Keven R. Graves lacks the skills for intelligent thought provoking journalism, and will never equal the mental capacity of the Lone Ranger. Instead Keven is nothing more than Tonto, the side kick with a simpleton mentality who proclaims: “Someone stole tent.”

Someone once said, “Don’t expect good, unbiased journalism, and you won’t be disappointed.”  That is why Keven R. Graves is now awarded the Lazy Boy Recliner Award for his superior armchair journalism.

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    Mr. Wolf,

    With all respect, I have to give you the Rodney Dangerfield No Respect Award for missing the point of your own joke (which was funny).

    The point of the joke is that the Lone Ranger, NOT Tonto, is the one being dumb.

    When you compare Mr. Graves to Tonto, based on your joke, that’s not quite the slam you think it is.

    In basketball terms, you had a wide open dunk and smacked your head on the rim instead.

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      David Svien,

      Your response is typical of someone that is not capable of looking at a situation from the opposite end of the spectrum.

      Naturally the point of the joke is obvious yet you fail to fathom the significance of someone such as Tonto pointing out the obvious, and the Lone Ranger expanding beyond the obvious and diving into different aspects of the situation.

      Of course this would be something which is “over your head” and that is also true for Keven R. Graves.

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    Oh believe me, Mr. Wolf, there is much that goes over my head. At times it’s like I’m King Kong being buzzed by the airplanes…

    But the joke here is that Tonto is right and the Lone Ranger wrong.

    You want Mr. Graves to be more like the Lone Ranger (I get that) but to truly be the smart man you want him to be, he, here, would need to act more like Tonto to see the truth.

    Great joke. Point made. But they don’t tie together the way you think they do.

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    Tonto is right and the Lone Ranger is wrong? Tonto says, “Kemo-Sabe, look towards sky, what you see?”

    Are there not a million stars in the sky? Or a million galaxies and planets? Are you not able to tell time at might using the night sky are get a general idea of what the weather is going to be like?

    Feel free to point out where the Lone Ranger is wrong.

    To truly be the smart man you need to go beyond the obvious.

    Tonto is right and the Lone Ranger is wrong? Was the tent really stolen or is Tonto making assumptions?

    “Great joke.” Yes

    “Point made” Ok

    “But they don’t tie together the way you think they do.” If it is a great joke and the point was made then perhaps they tie in better than you think.

    What is not funny is Keven R. Graves, and his little newspapers.

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    The only reason the joke works is because The Lone Ranger can’t see what is right in front of his face.

    In the context of the joke, Tonto is absolutely the smart one.

    Otherwise there is no joke.

    But I will trouble you no further, Mr. Wolf, as I must be off to work and be productive.

    I will not disappoint you and be a burden on society, one of those shuffling sorts living off of handouts. I work, sir, and I know you would have it no other way.

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      Nice dodge.

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    This is for the David Sviens in the world.

    The Lone Ranger and Tonto went camping in the desert. After their tent is all set up, they fell sound asleep.

    One hour later, Tonto wakes the Lone Ranger and says, “Kemo-Sabe, look at this document, what you see?”

    The Lone Ranger replies, “I see a document containing eighty-nine pages.”

    “What that tell you?” asked Tonto.

    The Lone Ranger ponders for a minute and then says, “This is a lawsuit. The first nine pages are broken into four sections. Section I is titled Parties, Jurisdiction and Venue. Section II – Allegations of Fact that contains specific chronological detailed facts. Section III – Causes of Action that focuses on eight specific items. Section IV is titled Prayer for Relief. Pages 10 through 43 is a Settlement Agreement which happens to be broken into Exhibits A, B, C, D and E.

    There are some very interesting details contained within these pages, Tonto.

    What’s it tell you, Tonto?”

    Tonto is silent for a moment, then says, “Kemo-Sabe, you dumb ass. The Emerson’s are suing Island County again, and “by continuing the argument by filing yet another lawsuit, the Emersons aren’t being the self-sacrificing soldiers of liberty they portray themselves to be. Rather, they are acting more like children throwing a tantrum because they aren’t getting their way.”

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    I remember Jim Larson doing an opinion piece saying we should just pay the fines and shut up already. That would have cost us almost $35,000 and destroyed our property if I would have listened to him back then.

    Sure am glad Ken and I don’t put much weight in the opinion of an editor.

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      Whidbey’s fish wrappers never did nor will they ever give you and Ken a fair assessment. This holds true for the Tea Party, and anyone who has a different perspective. Keven R. Graves must satisfy his constituents by promoting their agenda. That agenda is to demonize you, the Tea Party, and Republicans in preparation for the 2014 election cycle. The DemonRats are engaged in an all out war to permanently remove all Republican influence from the county.

      What better way to do that than Whidbey’s local fish wrappers and the ongoing brainwashing of the masses.

      “The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism. But under the name of Liberalism, they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program until one day America will be a socialist nation without knowing how it happened.”

      This may not come as a surprise to you by my detailed analysis of past Island County elections shows an island divided much like what the nation looked like during the Civil War. This mapping also shows a creeping effect, in that more precincts are turning blue which bodes well for the DemonRats.

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      “Jim Larson opinion…saying we should just pay the fines…would have cost us almost $35,000 and destroyed our property if I would have listened to him then.
      And that was a good move on your part
      Journalists includinG Publisher Graves’ opinions are thick as fleas on a dog’s back and just as irritating

      “I am disillusioned enough to know that no man’s opinion on any subject is worth a damn unless backed up with enough genuine information to make him really know what he’s talking about.” H. P. Lovecraft

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    The problem, Ken Wolf, was that the Lone Ranger and Tonto pitched their tent in a wetland buffer.

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      Bill,
      Island County would find a wetland in Death Valley using their “science” and the WNT would stand right behind them all the way.

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        April 1, 2014 WNT Publishers Opinion commends Island County staff and Steve Erickson, WEAN, who have been working on a loan assignment to California.
        They declared a wetland exists in Death Valley using their “best sciences methodology”. California will now place all of Death Valley in with their open space land, farmland, agricultural land, and timber land conservation program.
        This will prevent housings developments especially in the Scotty’s Castle area located in California mountains of northern Death Valley

        All housing units valued at $282,633;
        Detached houses: $845,277;
        Townhouses or other attached units: $132,322;
        Mobile homes: $60,487;
        Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $30,576…
        …All must be vacated within 30 days or the owners will be fined $500 per day until owners comply with this law
        Bobby Pedersin, Enforcer, said, Super Court Judge Handicook in his final decision on the bench, rendered the following decision:
        “The tax dollars collected on those properties will be discontinued and government’s need to replace that lost revenue will be assigned to the remaining tax payers”

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      Humor, I recognize that! Hi Bill!

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    We have the wonders of capitalism in our society. I would suggest you start a newspaper. You could market it towards the half of the population that are not stupid and evil in your opinion. I might add ken, the Republicans are doing a wonderful job of removing themselves from any relevence. I voted for Reagan, Bush, Bush the younger, McCain. Romney the capitalist sycophant was a bridge too far. Now what? the american people hold our entire federal government in contempt, both sides. The 2 party system is the death of us.

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      Dave, are you suggesting a change to a parliamentary form of government?

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    The founding fathers hated the idea of political parties. there is nothing in the constitution requiring political parties. Both sides are terrible in innumerable ways. Parliamentary would be better as would almost anything, at least you would have multiple choices. Simply making all elected offices independent by constitutional admendment would be my druther, you still know if who you are voting for has a particular philosophy, like many judge positions. It would hopefully preserve independent choices, which appear to not exist with the party system, although the illusion exists. The world is too complicated for only 2 sides to any issue anyway in most cases. But its all a dream, the 2 party system has complete control of america, tea party and other ideas come and go, but can’t get an independent foothold.

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      Long time ago I heard this wise old owl say, Democrats and Republicans are similar in several ways. Both travel on the same road to hell and destruction. The only difference is the Democrats will get you there much quicker.

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        ROFLMAO

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