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In today’s Op-Ed, Nisqually Valley News (NVN), Publisher/Editor Keven Graves describes me as “unhappy” that he is publishing news about the Knight lawsuit.
THAT COULDN’T BE FARTHER FROM THE TRUTH, KEVEN!
I AM VERY PLEASED THE NVN IS COVERING THIS STORY.
The question I raised in an online comment to last week’s op-ed is simple –
“As YOU [Graves] are the single person in this community responsible for keeping this story on your front pages and website week after week, this story remaining in the news lies solely in your hands.”
After all, Graves wrote in the December 7th Op-Ed:
“”Frankly, Ive grown weary of the JZ Knight/Ramtha debacle”
“Im sure many people have. It seems to be a story that wont be going away any time soon. Thats in large part because of Knights own litigious actions.”
TO REPEAT –
Placing this story on the NVN front page and website week after week, instead of inside pages is due solely to a decision by Publisher/Editor Graves.
So, I am amazed he is bothered by this story when Knight on his front page brings so many readers to NVN print and online editions?
JZK, Inc. filed a lawsuit due to the defendant’s breach of contract, to which the Court agreed was valid.
Therefore, discovery, motions, subpoenas and depositions will continue for quite some time.
While reporting only the highlights, I did not see Graves’ weekly Knight vs. City of Yelm water case due-diligence reports, where Knight took the city’s appeal win to the WA. Supreme Court and won.
Where is ANY newspaper report on the depositions, discovery and hearing of a citizens’ appeal against the doubling the City of Yelm’s water rights?
Why is that not front-page news?
Mr. Graves, I suggest you don’t complain by saying “Ive grown weary of the JZ Knight/Ramtha debacle,” when you MUST publish Knight news on your FRONT pages and website because she sells your newspapers and brings traffic to your online edition.
Look today and you’ll see three of the top four visited stories to your website are related to Knight.
As Graves has said in previous op-eds on other subjects:
“You can’t have it both ways.”
No, this case will not be going away any time soon, Keven, as Knight boosts readers to NVN products, so you can’t be weary of the story on the one hand, yet publish in such a high-profile position on the other!