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Textbook War


Mainstream (local) Media Exposed

By Karl Priest June 28, 2019 (revised 7-20-19

(Note: My explanatory remarks are in red.)

After recuperating from major surgery undertaken on March 25, 2019 I sent a “Press Release /News Tip to the following local media:

talkline@wvmetronews.com, jparsons@wvmetronews.com, haught@wvgazettemail.com, ben.fields@wvgazettemail.com, gmoore@wvgazettemail.com, ryan.quinn@wvgazettemail.com, maria.young@wvgazettemail.com, catherine.caudill@wvgazettemail.com, ericeyre@wvgazettemail.com, jake.zuckerman@wvgazettemail.com, news@herald-dispatch.com, lmcgill@herald-dispatch.com, rbledsoe@herald-dispatch.com, bnash@herald-dispatch.com, dan.klein@wsaz.com, tim.irr@wsaz.com, amanda.barren@wsaz.com, melanie.shafer@wsaz.com, rob.johnson@wsaz.com, taylor.eaton@wsaz.com, susan.nicholas@wsaz.com, news@wchstv.com, kbass@sbgtv.com, kbgunderson@sbgtv.com, gdmcclanahan@sbgtv.com, baaron@sbgtv.com, jmcandrews@sbgtv.com, kjcart@sbgtv.com, rlord@sbgtv.com, dbbenton@sbgtv.com, sdelancey@sbgtv.com, larubin@sbgtv.com, markmartin@sbgtv.com, news@wowktv.com, psimon@wowktv.com, mmcauliffe@wowktv.com, lbradley@wowktv.com, slitton@wowktv.com, tlopez@wowktv.com, iteamnews@wchstv.com, chwpr@ap.org

May 20, 2019

Dear Member of the Media:

“Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.” John Adams

The fact is that you will either censor this Press Release/News Tip, report this Press Release/News Tip with a negative slant, or objectively report this Press Release/News Tip.

June marks the 45 th anniversary of a monumental historical event in West Virginia history. This event had national repercussions that effect the current Culture War.

Unfortunately, personal prejudices caused biased reporting and shoddy research that has defamed thousands of fine citizens of West Virginia.

This is your chance to set the record straight about the event known as the Kanawha County Textbook Protest.

On May 5 I sent the following request to the representative of the (October 4 & 5, 2019) West Virginia Book Festival:

There is a book (mine) that has been censored and suppressed for almost ten years.  Here is evidence to back up my claim.  Of particular interest to you should be item #5.  I did not note a memory of the day I had a begrudged booth at the "Festival" and unsuccessfully tried to get my book mentioned by the public address announcer who was plugging other books.

My request was declined with the excuse that the “applications for programming and marketplace were due in March.”

I replied:

Under the circumstances of the obvious censorship/suppression of Protester Voices—The 1974 Textbook Tea Party and the previous actions regarding the book by the WV Book Festival, it would be appropriate for the acceptance of my application at this point. I have a PowerPoint presentation that exposes the media and academia fake news and propaganda propagation that has slurred thousands of innocent citizens of our state.

I will provide a copy of the complete email communication chain upon your request.

I urge you, Media Member, to see the evidence to back up my claim at http://www.insectman.us/testimony/banned-book.htm. PLEASE pay particular attention to item #5 regarding the West Virginia Book Festival.

So, Media Member, what facts will result from how you handle this Press Release/News Tip?

Respectfully,

Karl Priest
304-769-0217

There were zero responses so, a little over one month later, I sent the following to the same addresses.

FACTS

June 24, 2019

Dear Member of the Media:

The fact is that “freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one.”

The fact is that you censored my May 20 Press Release/News Tip.

The fact is that objective truth seekers are not surprised at the censorship.

If you have any facts to dispute the facts above, please share them.

Sincerely,

Karl Priest

P.S.: I have new news related to Marshall University’s censorship of the Textbook Protest FACTS. If you want to see them, just ask.

To date, there have been zero responses.

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Note: On the second mailing I got a “The e-mail address you entered couldn't be found” for dan.klein@wsaz.com

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Chronology of May 2019 letter to the editor

Fri, May 31, 2019 11:07 am
From: Karl Priest (kcpriest@aol.com)
To : opinion@wvgazettemail.com  
BCC: Multiple recipients interested in this subject
Subject: Letter   to the Editor

Dear Editor:

June marks the 45th anniversary of a major historical event in West Virginia history--the Kanawha County Textbook Protest.  That event had national repercussions that effect the current Culture War.

Thousands of fine West Virginia citizens have been maligned and slurred due to biased reporting and shoddy research.

I have prepared some web pages that document the FACTS that the Textbook Protesters were NOT NARROW-MINDED, NOT IGNORANT, NOT RELIGIOUS FANATICS, NOT CENSORS, NOT VIOLENT, and NOT RACISTS.

Anyone (especially the media and public school history teachers) who want to have their prejudices challenged can find those FACTS at  http://www.insectman.us/testimony/textbook-protester-truth/the-facts.htm.

Karl Priest
Poca, WV

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Tue, Jun 18, 2019 8:41 pm
From:
Karl Priest (kcpriest@aol.com)
To : gazette@wvgazettemail.com,  editor@dailymailwv.com,  opinion@wvgazettemail.com
Subject: Correct   Address

Hello:

Which is the correct address to use to send a Letter to the Editor?

gazette@wvgazettemail.com 
editor@dailymailwv.com
opinion@wvgazettemail.com

Thank you.

Karl Priest 

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Wed, Jun 19, 2019 8:55 am

From: GM News (news@wvgazettemail.com)
To: Karl Priest (kcpriest@aol.com)
Subject: Correct   Address

Send it to news@wvgazettemail.com

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Wed, Jun 19, 2019 9:06 am
From: Karl Priest (kcpriest@aol.com)
T0: news@wvgazettemail.com
Subject: Correct  Address

I sent the following letter to  opinion@wvgazettemail.com  on May 31.

Please print the letter ASAP.

Thank you.

Karl

Note: The original letter was placed here.

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Wed, Jun 19, 2019 11:36 am
From: news@wvgazettemail.com
To: Karl Priest (kcpriest@aol.com)
Subject: Correct   Address

We received it.  opinion@wvgazettemail.com  works also.

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Wed, Jun 19, 2019 12:12 pm
From: editor@wvgazettemail.com
To: Karl Priest (kcpriest@aol.com)
Subject: Correct  Address

opinion@wvgazettemail.com or ben.fields@wvgazettemail.com

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Wed, Jun 19, 2019 5:34 pm
To: editor@wvgazettemail.com
From: Karl Priest (kcpriest@aol.com)
Subject: Correct  Address

Do you mean the May 31 letter?

Thank you.   Karl Priest 

Note: I did not receive a response.

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Wed, Jun 19, 2019 9:42 pm
From: Karl Priest (kcpriest@aol.com)
To: editor@wvgazettemail.com Cc opinion opinion@wvgazettemail.com, ben.fields@wvgazettemail.com

Thank you for your reply.

I also received a reply from  news@wvgazettemail.com  who told me to use  news@wvgazettemail.com .

It is confusing.

On May 31 I sent the letter below to  opinion@wvgazettemail.com .

Did you receive it?

Thank you.

Karl

Here is the May 31 letter:

Note: The original letter was placed here.

Note: I did not receive a response.

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Sun, Jun 30, 2019 5:20 pm
From: Karl Priest (kcpriest@aol.com)
To: news@wvgazettemail.com, opinion@wvgazettemail.com, ben.fields@wvgazettemail.com
BCC: Multiple recipients interested in this subject
Subject: My Letter to the Editor

June 30, 2019

Dear Editor:

I sincerely hope that I am wrong.  

I checked every day, through today, and did not see a letter I sent on May 31.  

On June 19 someone using  news@wvgazettemail.com  told me that  "We received it."

During June I did see:

>A June 13 letter "Impeach this lawless, narcissistic president"

>A June 14 letter "Anti WVU writer Chuck Landon is not welcome in the Gazette-Mail"

>and some other letters.

On June 17, your paper devoted prominent space for an article by the national and local teacher union AFT bullies.

On June 19 there was a very long op-ed by a WVU professor defending the right to strike by teachers

The Charleston Gazette-Mail devoted considerable space to pieces from the Washington Post.  I did not see anything from the Washington Times.

PLEASE tell me that it was printed and when.  Otherwise, it means that you censored my letter of May 31 (a copy is below my name).

Unless you point out that the letter was published and I missed it, that means that you do not want your readers to be exposed to facts that shatter the sham perpetuated by leftist media and academia regarding thousands of fine West Virginia citizens know as the Kanawha County Textbook Protesters.

I ask, who are the real censors?

Sincerely,

Karl Priest

The May 31 letter:

Note: The original letter was placed here.

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Mon, Jul 1, 2019 10:26 am
From:
ben.fields@wvgazettemail.com
To: Karl Priest (kcpriest@aol.com)
CC: gmoore@wvgazettemail.com
Subject: My Letter to the Editor

Karl, 

To answer a few of your questions, firstly, I was not even sure this was being submitted as a letter to the editor, as at one point you refer to it as a press release and news tip. Granted, it was being submitted to the opinion email address so I figured you meant it as some sort of opinion piece, but I was still a little unsure. You even called it that when you accused the Gazette-Mail of censoring you. Also, the letter/press release/news tip that appeared in recent emails omitted the previous lines:

Dear Member of the Media:

“Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.” John Adams

The fact is that you will either censor this Press Release/News Tip, report this Press Release/News Tip with a negative slant, or objectively report this Press Release/News Tip.

This again makes it look like something you wanted covered in a news story. Perhaps this was a misunderstanding. If you meant to convey this as an "open letter" statement to the media, I can tell you we do not run open letters, which is something I've told writers of all stripes from across the state. If you meant it as a header to the content that followed, it was not stated very clearly. No one is censoring you. You're free to criticize us or other media all you want (If you read the recent letter in Saturday's paper from Chris Hamilton, you would realize we do not shy away from criticism and do not censor anyone unless it breaches certain guidelines.)  

We've run several op-eds and pieces in June that were not from a liberal perspective, and we ran at least three from out-of-state organizations that opposed the teacher unions. We do not run pieces from The Washington Times because we do not have syndication rights with that organization. We do, however, run multiple local and national conservative columnists, including George Will and Robert J. Samuelson from The Washington Post. 

I hope this answers your questions or at least clears up some of the confusion. I'd be happy to run what you've submitted as a letter (minus the "Dear members of the media" section) if that is what you intend. I realize the recent combining of pages and changing email addresses for submission has added some consternation. For the best results, you should contact me directly via the information provided below in the future. I do not know the nature of your relationship with previous opinion editors, but, I'm a blank slate, so starting off with accusations of censorship after a scathing email concerning events that I have little personal knowledge of (though I've been doing some research to try and better understand it) isn't the best way to go. That's just a suggestion, but one thing you really need to do is clarify whether you intend something as a letter to the editor or op-ed. If part of that isn't intended for publication, please be clear on that as well. 

Take care, 

Ben Fields 
Gazette-Mail Opinion Editor 
304-348-5129 
ben.fields@wvgazettemail.com 
Twitter: @BenFieldsWV ot

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Mon, Jul 1, 2019 12:04 pm
From: Karl Priest (kcpriest@aol.com)
To: ben.fields@wvgazettemail.com
Subject: My Letter to the Editor

Ben:

Thank you for replying.

My email was not a personal attack on you.  It was simply a statement of facts.  I used "censorship" because the great West Virginians, known as the Kanawha County Textbook Protesters, have been slurred with that term for over 45 years.  Frankly, it irks me and I want to get the attention of the hypocrites (certainly you would not be included) who have used that slur against those folks.

I sent the Members of the Media item on May 20.  It was clearly labeled "News Release/News Tip."  The subject was the censorship exhibited by the WV Book Festival.  On June 24, I sent an email regrading the lack of response (to the May 20 email) and added that I have information about censorship by Marshall University.  Even if the Gazette-Mail disagrees, my claim is certainly newsworthy.

I sent the letter on May 31 and it was clearly labeled "Letter to the Editor."  The subject was the 45th anniversary of the Textbook Protest.  Again, even if the Gazette-Mail disagrees, that date is a historical fact.

The ball is in your court.

Respectfully,

Karl

Note:

I neglected to include a copy to Mr. Moore (Executive editor) and forwarded the above to him on Tue, Jul 2, 2019 4:48 pm. I did not correct the typo of regarding (regarding).

Posted July 5, 2019: If a response occurs it will be posted here.

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My letter was published on July 20.

Sat, Jul 20, 2019 12:16 pm
From: Karl Priest  (kcpriest@aol.com)
To: ben.fields@wvgazettemail.com
Subject:  Letter   to the Editor

Mr. Fields:

Thank you for running my letter in the July 20 edition.

Sincerely,

Karl

I sent the following to my email lists:

My May 31 letter was finally published.

It was among a page of liberal rubbish, but it was there in the July 7 edition of the  Charleston-Gazette Mail  (page 4A) .  The usual procedure (from past experience) is that there will be responses attacking me and the paper will not give me a chance to respond.

PTL anyhow!

Let's pray that the website clicks will lead folks to the Exodus Mandate page, or much more importantly, to the Get Saved page.

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