Friday, July 05, 2019
TKC MUST READ!!! CLAY CHASTIAN CONTINUES LEGAL FIGHT AGAINST KANSAS CITY STAR!!!
We want to keep our blog community up to date on all manner of issues concerning the local discourse and right now we play just a bit of catch-up to this ongoing debate between the newspaper and this town's most prolific petitioner.
Take a peek:
Clay Chastain: Hypocritical Star awaits Federal Judge's ruling on Clay's defamation case against it
The pious-acting, hypocritical and selective Kansas City Star newspaper does not practice what it preaches.
For instance, the Star's editorial board RECENTLY admonished radio host Kevin Keitzman saying he (Keitzman), "can't talk his way out of inexcusable swipe at Reid's family." It included other well-written, well-reasoned and morally correct phrases like..."People today tend to too quickly and easily believe the worst in others," and, " While exploring America's free speech frontier, know there are still limits."
And yet, the Star newspaper (and editorial board member Melinda Henneberger) rifled the following "inexcusable," false and defamatory "swipes" towards my character in their nasty profile of me (March 25, 2019) when I was running for Mayor in the primary...
#1. I threatened Mayor Sly James and that is why the City profiled me as dangerous, put me on its "Watch List" and forced an armed security guard on me while I was at City Hall over a 3-year period - even while I was accompanied by my young daughter!!!! How could the Star write that when I have vehemently denied it and there is not one scintilla of evidence I ever threatened Mayor James or have ever threatened anyone's personal safety in my entire life!
#2. I have suffered from mental illness ("depression"). How could the Star write that when there is not one scintilla of evidence I have ever suffered any kind of mental illness in my life?
#3. I have struggled financially. How could the Star write that when I have held several engineering jobs, bought, renovated and sold 29 historical homes over a 30-year period, ran my own successful landscape and design business over another 10-year period, received full custody of my youngest daughter many years ago and just designed and built a brand new home for she and I?
#4. I am in Kansas City politics just to sue Kansas City. How could the Star write that when I devoted years of my life designing, circulating and promoting petition ballot questions to.... save Union Station from demolition, reuse Union Station as a transportation center, revitalize Penn Valley Park and improve Kansas City's public transportation system around light rail - not to mention running for Mayor several times, and even once for Congress??
The answers?? Because the Star, City Hall and the Kansas City establishment see me (a maverick conservative) and my challenging petitions as a threat to their liberal democrat-control of our City. Thus, they are out to smear my reputation among the voters who sign my petitions and vote for them. And, they will make sure I never become Mayor of Kansas City by writing false defamatory profiles like this one.
The hypocritical Star has now hired the powerful Lathrop & Gage Law firm to try and "talk their way out" of their defamatory assault on my character.
At least Mr. Keitzman apologized. The Star has never apologized to me.
And the Star should be the last one to cast stones at others given its own nasty, selective and hypocritical actions coming from the (tax-abated) glass house they occupy at 16th & McGee.
Kansas City Community Activist, Clay Chastain.
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