TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT ACTIVIST CLAY CHASTAIN RAGES AGAINST DEAD TREE MEDIA KANSAS CITY STAR CENSORSHIP!!!
Recently, the very best and AWESOME TKC TIPSTERS INTERCEPTED A COMMUNIQUÉ betwixt Clay Chastain and a Dead Tree Media reporter.
To wit . . .
CHECK OUT THIS CLAY CHASTAIN MISSIVE WHICH OFFERS A BEHIND THE SCENES LOOK @ THE KANSAS CITY STAR ATTEMPTING TO SILENCE ALTERNATIVE TRANSIT ARGUMENTS!!
It's cool to see Clay Chastain stand strong amid pressure and a lot of hot air from the newspaper. Not so long ago, some old white lady from the Star called me up and threatened a flimsy lawsuit simply because of online comments . . . I actually tried to be nice which is always a mistake . . . In this missive, Mr. Chastain addresses a Kansas City Star reporter directly and takes the reporter to task regarding the facts of his advocacy.
The behind the scenes note is impressive and offers a great insight into the bias of those making the news.
Star's Rejection Of Clay Chastain Commentary
######, even though i am a credible leader...i won last time... and my light rail issue is in the news...check your own paper...it seems obvious that you have no intention of printing anything I might write.
I even followed some of your suggestions about explaining the facts about funding and studies behind the light rail initiative, and still...no thanks. And no offer to further suggest what kind of communication to the people of Kansas City you would print from the leader and author of the light rail initiative petition.
You have displayed your bias before when we have talked on the phone saying you don't think much of my proposals. You even mocked my light rail victory in 2006 in suggesting the voters were stupid, and parroting the city that the plan was 'unworkable."
Furthermore, it is an unprofessional position to take especially when, unlike me, you are not a degreed engineer and you cover the city's competing streetcar plan on a regular basis.
I think you are afraid of the flack you will get from the establishment if you print something from Clay Chastain.
Trying to maintain your access to the establishment, #####?
The Kansas City Star is suppossed to be a "paper for the people," not a paper for the establishment.
Your actions here...to decline the two columns I have authored without suggesting the type of article you would accept... Have undermined the Star's noble statement of dedication.