In a recent “editorial” in the local gossip “newspaper” the Whidbey News Times “editor” Keven Graves penned another ludicrous article where he again gets his facts wrong. This seems a pretty consistent occurance from this “editor” and it is really what we now expect from him and his newspaper. Apparently researching factual information is not his strong suit even though he is the “editor” of the local paper. You would also think that a person in a leadership position would set a better example for his staff than he does but that is apparently the way Sound Publishing and Black Press wants to run their “newspaper”. Good luck to them.

Here is what started his pathetic and childish diatribe.

Ken Emerson recently sent a letter to the Whidbey News Times parent company Sound Publishing President Gloria Fletcher, here is the unedited content of that letter:


Could you please check into your WNT,SNR, WE newspaper’s continued bias against myself (Kenneth Emerson) and my Wife (Kelly Emerson)?  It seems to be deliberately spreading to Bremerton now. The papers have shown a constant hate for the truth in reporting and even go to the extent of editing or deleting comments from supporters in order to shape the outcome of articles. This is having a negative and destructive effect and is totally out of hand (I think).Simply, search “Kelly Emerson” in your papers, try to keep an open mind and you will understand what is going on, regardless of your political persuasion. Please answer this?  Why the Malice?

Thank you,

Kenneth Emerson (signed with his signature)

So, Ken Emerson sent a letter to the President of Sound Publishing complaining about some very real issues that we have reported on here at Island Politics quite often. It is no secret that Keven Graves has attempted to make his career by attacking local politicians that he obviously does not agree with politically. He has done the same to other local politicians notably Scott Dudley Mayor of Oak Harbor. I have talked with both Ken and Kelly Emerson and Mayor Dudley and all three of them swear that they have never talked with Keven Graves, never received a phone call or any other communications from him the only thing they know of Mr. Graves is his penchant for penning editorials that are based on zero verified facts.

In Mr. Graves “editorial” he again ignores facts and substitutes facts with utter nonsense. Here are a few examples of his “editorial” prowess (it is pretty much every word of the article!):

Keven Graves states:

“Mean Girls are mostly middle-aged men who relish in ripping  apart and deeming  “unpatriotic” anybody who doesn’t tout their political  philosophies, which  usually run the Tea Party line.”

Mr. Graves has never met anyone that writes articles here so I am unsure as to where he gets his information from. I do not know any of us that consider ourselves Tea Partiers. I myself have never been to a Tea Party meeting, ever. As for our ages? How would Mr. Graves know? He has never in my life talked with me or met me, I guess talking to his editorial subjects is just not in his book.

Keven Graves states:

“Curiously, a recent call for my head on a stick sent to our parent  company, Sound Publishing,  originated from an (of course) anonymous commenter on the  Mean Girls  website.”

There is nothing “curious” about your obvious bias and lack of journalistic integrity Mr. Graves. If you did not expect someone to speak out about your pathetic editorials you are living in a different world. Your editorials actually do real damage to real people but apparently this is what you want your newspaper to be known for. No one called for your head on a stick in the letter quoted in it’s entirety above. The letter sent to Gloria Fleisher of Sound Publishing was not anonymous it was penned by Ken Emerson, he signed it with his own real name so it was not by an “anonymous commenter on the  Mean Girls website”. It was also obvious by the content of the letter who the author was … As for the comments about the “mean girls website”, that will receive no comment from me, Mr. Graves can insult people with his editorial powers if he wishes I would rather prefer to just stick to the facts.

Keven Graves states:

 “Me thinks someone has a bur under her saddle.”

Ya think Mr. Graves? Really? After your “newspaper” has published falsehood after falsehood about a local public servant you expect them to remain silent? Get a grip Keven. The Emerson’s are not the only people that have burs under their saddles. Many people refuse to read, subscribe or advertise with your paper because of it’s clearly biased content. Get used to it, you did it to yourself and your “newspaper”.

 Keven Graves states:
“Here’s how someone purporting to be Ken Emerson responded to the coverage:”

Purporting to be? Really Keven? Don’t you think you could have done a little basic journalism to actually find out the truth? That the letter was indeed sent by Ken Emerson and was not sent anonymously? I did. Do you know how I did it? Do you want to know my secret? I called him on the phone. It was real simple, even for me.

 Keven Graves states:
“Exactly what Ken Emerson considers to be “libelous” is a mystery.”

A mystery? Not really Mr. Graves. It is obvious to many of your readers. And ex readers.

Keven Graves states: 
“She  resigned as a commissioner under a dark cloud of her own creation.”

Wow. HER own creation? Hmmm…and you wonder why Mr. Emerson considers your words libelous?

Keven Graves states:
“Labeling people who disliked or criticized her political performance in Island County as ill-informed “haters” makes one  wonder just how little regard she and her husband have for  those Kelly Emerson  was elected to represent.”

Was this in the letter sent by Ken Emerson? Or was this just added for effect? I don’t read your newspaper but I would have to assume that is where this quote came from and is most like a false attribution considering the source. I am not going to do the research and do your job, I am just going to consider it another fabrication by the editor of the Whidbey News Times.
Besides…how would you know how she represented her constituents? Have you ever actually talked with Kelly Emerson? Or talked with any of those that she has represented? Or do you only talk to those mysterious haters you refer to above?

It is sad to see the newspaper I grew up with delivering such nonsense to it’s readers.