Keven R. Graves’, Whidbey News-Times Executive Editor & Publisher, attempt to label islandpolitics.org as the “Mean Girls” is laughable when you take a good look at Keven’s three little tabloids. Keven’s “National Enquirer” type tabloids are plagued with years of “mean girl” activity.
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April 19, 2014
By J. Paul Masko
“We need citizens who see the cascade for what it is: an ideologically biased cultural prism that, through its thoroughgoing, omnipresent and enveloping messages and directives, seeks to create a uniform stance and punish those who will not conform. And if you are targeted by a subdivision of the government, announce your situation to all who will listen…despite the disinterest and reticence of the cascade.”
This comment and subequent article applies to ALL Whidbey Island Newspapers as well.
I was unaware that Mayor Scott Dudley sent a letter to the Whidbey News Times commenting on the attacks that Keven Graves made about him in a recent editorial until someone who does receive the paper told me about it. I checked the Whidbey News Times website and it does not appear anywhere in the online edition. Apparently the Whidbey News Times reserves the space on their website only for those who do not disagree with the paper and the Keven Graves editorials…apparently Mr. Graves does not consider letters from our Mayor important enough to publish in his online edition. This is just more evidence of the agenda the Whidbey News Times clearly has.
UPDATE- The Whidbey News Times only today added the letter from the mayor to it’s website. The letter was received on the March 27th. It was published today on April 7th, 9 days later.
After the baseless attack on the Mayor in his editorial Keven Graves should do the right thing and at least give the Mayor a chance to refute his baseless claims. Apparently the Whidbey News Times could care less about fairness…
So in the interest in fairness we are publishing it here:
Campaign season kicked off into high gear this week with Nels Kelstrom, Island County’s DemonRat extraordinaire leading the long winded charge. You can find Nels along with Jay Brand broadcasting their blend of fertilizer emitted from the south end of their north bound Jackasses in every local “newspaper.”
Fellow DemonRats Neil Colburn, Ann Adams, Bob Prasch, Molly “the mouth” MacLeod Roberts, Pam Fick, Trisha Fick, WEANie Whackos, and many other “flies” are starting to swarm around Sound Publishing’s “Flagship” Newspapers found here on Whidbey Island.
It was recently brought to my attention that Keven Graves of the Whidbey News Times wrote another editorial that was again one sided and berift of facts in the local paper.
This time it was concerning Mayor Dudley and the replacement of his “executive assistant” Renee Recker and the subsequent lawsuit filed by Christon Skinner in her behalf against the city.
When I heard of this I did go to the Whidbey News Times and read the article. I normally refuse to read the local paper either the print edition or the online edition because of their one sided reporting and editorials. As soon as I read the obviously biased and one sided article I called the Mayor (yes our Mayor is readily available by telephone Mr. Graves) and asked him if Keven Graves ever asked him or anyone in his administration about the facts concerning this issue and he informed me that he had never spoken to Keven Graves and never received a phone call from him at any time much less before this editorial was published and he knows no one in his administration that was contacted about this issue.
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.”
Island Politics doesn’t come close to Liberal Media’s finest, Martin Bashir.
Funny thing is Keven R. Graves seems to think Island Politics is related to the Tea Party. News flash Keven! Of course investigative reporting never was one of your skillsets.
Keven is very clever in his editorial however, when he links Island Politics with the Tea Party. This is right out of the liberal media playbook. Keven enjoys bashing the Tea Party and Kelly Emerson, and that too is right out of the playbook. Perhaps Keven R. Graves is aspiring to beat out Martin Bashir for DemonRat Dung Slinger of the Year.
How ironic that the author of this letter to the editor uses the exact same tactics she finds so deplorable.
What is not surprising is DemonRats are now clinging to their “I’m a victim” status, and crying like little schoolgirls because they “feel” they are being bullied. What is not surprising is that these same DemonRats have been “bullying” for years using their own websites and comments online.
Whidbey fish wrappers even get into the act through their editorials and “news” articles. DemonRats and Whidbey fish wrappers have done an excellent job bashing Kelly Emerson and her husband Ken for years over a wetland that does not exist. Let’s not forget the recent editorial “bullying” Keven R. Graves did against Chelle Brunke and Bill Burnett.
The local Black Press/ Sound Publishing subsidiary The Whidbey News Times published an opinion piece today on the recent controversy over the Law and Justice public meetings. They are entitled to their opinions of course but they have obviously only been listening to one side of the issue. This is what we have come to expect from this Black Press subsidiary here in Oak Harbor. Political bias, favoritism or plain ignorance at it’s finest.
Whidbey News Times’ Executive Director and Publisher, Keven R. Graves wasted no time weighing in on Senate Bill 5927 saying it was “seriously flawed.” http://www.whidbeynewstimes.com/opinion/206995691.html
Part of SB5927 is found below and a link to the full bill is provided:
Keven R. Graves, executive editor and publisher for the Whidbey News-Times, commented recently:
“This always fascinates me … we have two different sides saying the WNT is favoring the other … I guess that means we’re doing our job right if both sides think that.” Keven R Graves, May 8, 2013
If that were the case then why was a rebuttal comment deleted?
In her New Year 2012 newsletter, Commissioner Emerson gave citizens a warning about a very important land use decision soon to be made.
She explained how this would have given us a way out of the cost associated with the WEAN lawsuit and any others pertaining to AG Critical Areas.
For Island County, “opting in” to the new Ruckelhaus Voluntary Stewardship Program (VSP), would mean the lawsuit goes away.
Any future lawsuits would be defended by the State because they give final blessing.
Commissioner Emerson told the truth on the obligation to the county when she said’
“This would not be an unfunded mandate. We would not be required to begin implementing the plan until we receive funding of $150,000 for the first year, $100,000 for years 2 and 3 and there is no penalty for an early opt out.”