Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Clay Chastain Talks Defamation Lawsuit Defeat Against Kansas City Star
A word from Kansas City's most prolific transit activist following his recent court battle against the newspaper. Here's his hot take without the paywall . . .
"Irrelevant," "noise-making" Clay "stays losing" in court against contemptible-acting KC Star
You've heard, "you can't fight city hall." Add to that...you can't fight the KC Star, either.
The Star is jumping up and down that a U.S. District Judge ruled, "with prejudice," that our very fine newspaper is not liable for publishing defamatory statements about me (during the Mayor's race) it knew to be false. The two most noteworthy (in their hit piece) being... "I threatened Mayor Sly James" (according to our lying City Manager, Troy Schulte) and that, "I had suffered depression" (according to lying liberal Star writer, Melinda Henneberger).
Lies....? Mayor Sly James (himself) told the Star he never heard I threatened him! Lies? Security never contacted me or filed a police report about any allegations I threatened the Mayor's personal safety. Lies? No witnesses testified they heard me threaten the Mayor. Lies? There are no communications from me proving I threatened the Mayor. Lies? There is no proof anywhere, the Star can site to, that I have ever suffered from clinical depression, been treated for it or taken any medication for it. Stigma after stigma and lie after lie thrown at me by the Star. This is what can happen to you when the liberal and biased Star doesn't like your conservative philosophy (or your "perennial" petition challenges to Kansas City's establishment) - they try and make you look dangerous and crazy to the community.
My two daughters laugh at these false allegations.
The behavior of some of the employees at the Star is beneath contempt and violates their own profession's code of ethics. The Star going out of business soon, will be our community's long-awaited reward.
As for U.S. District Judge Kay's sorry ruling, "If you say so," your honor.
You decide . . .