Free Speech is what the Editor says it is at the Chronicle
Recently I submitted an Op-Ed to the Chronicle in St Helens. I was informed that they were going to censor part of the story because it violated their “Civility Policy”, (there is no civility in politics). I had them pull the story rather than submit to censorship. Every other paper that I submitted the article to had no problem and published it. In the past few months, getting an Op-Ed or LTE published with the Chronicle has been like pulling teeth. Most recently they’ve cut my title of Oregon Firearm Federation coordinator and Founder of Irregulars 3% from the signature section.
I went to the Chronicle and met with the Editor/Publisher, Frank Perea and asked why he was going to censor my article. At first I got the excuse that the Chronicle is a “family paper”, (as opposed to what), and later he admitted that he didn’t “feel” that my attack on the governor was appropriate for his readers. I responded that I had not used profanity, and reminded him that the 1st amendment protects unpopular speech,…popular speech doesn’t need protection. I added that as a publisher he should embrace free speech as it is his livelihood. I explained that I had written harsher things in the past that had been published, that the left seems to be able to write whatever they want and even ignore word count, but none of this seemed to faze Frank.
So what was it that Irked Frank? I wrote that the Governor is a “Neo Marxist Post Modern Communist”, and told Frank that I could prove it; Frank then said OK, prove it and I’ll print the article. This was very strange to me because I had been told that I violated the civility policy and later that Frank didn’t “feel” my material was appropriate…so if I Prove that what I said was true, (in an opinion piece), the civility policy no longer matters and all of a sudden it becomes appropriate?! I have decided not to waste my time educating Frank on Kate Browns policies and economics as, I am sure that no amount of information would convince someone who would practice censorship in the first place, and is most likely bigoted by ideological bias.
Kate Brown is a state employee at a high position that affects our State, our lives, and the lives of our posterity. It is not only our Right to challenge her positions and ideology, but our duty as her employers. We the People are duty bound to resist the tyranny going on in Salem and cannot allow censorship in this county or elsewhere. Kate Brown is destroying this state, pushing job and Rights killing agenda 21/30 policies, elevating illegal invaders to above the law status, pandering to the Unions and other cronies, acting as a community organizer using identity politics, alienating most of the counties in Oregon, taxing us to death, legislating away our UNALIENABLE RIGHTS just to scratch the surface. Where’s the civility in that Frank?
Before I left Franks office I informed him that I would let everyone in the state know that the Chronicle practices Censorship…he said OK. Please join me in spreading the word and let’s put an end to this practice in our county. Censorship is not OK. Let Frank know how you feel.
Frank Perea, Editor/Publisher of the St Helens Chronicle email@example.com 503-397-0116
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