Phil Rison (here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here), of Montgomery County infamy, and his attorney from KASA, Wayne Young (here, here, here, here, here), are attempting to include me on a witness list for his upcoming hearing. Yes, despite retiring so as not to be fired for everything he’s done (not allegedly — there’s video, audio, government documents from open records requests, police reports, Education Professional Standards Board investigation records, signed agreements), Rison is pushing ahead with a due process hearing. It’s what many people believe is KASA’s last ditch attempt to prevent superintendents from being fired by school boards. They’re also attempting to do this in other lawsuits.
Here’s the deal: I’m a journalist, like it or not, and have an established history.
I’m on the state government press list. I’m on the White House press list. Various campaigns recognize me as press. Other media outlets recognize me as press.
A taste in text:
- Governor Steve Beshear
- Governor Ernie Fletcher
- The Family Foundation of Kentucky (yes, even them)
- State Auditor of Public Accounts Adam Edelen
- Attorney General Jack Conway
- Large PR firms
- New York Times
- Washington Post
- Senator Mitch McConnell
- Senator Rand Paul
- Congressman John Yarmuth
- Republican Party of Kentucky
- Chronicle of Higher Education
- Churchill Downs
- Louisville Metro Council
- Louisville Metro Government
- Lexington Mayor Jim Gray
- Education and Workforce Development Cabinet
- Various judges
- Kentucky State Police
A taste in pictures:
I don’t testify during hearings. I don’t give up confidential sources. There’s nothing you can do to compel that. There’s a shield law for a reason. I don’t and won’t answer your questions about who is or is not a source, what someone said or didn’t say, how someone did or didn’t tell me something or whether or not you know what you’re talking about.
Are you people that simple? Really?
As a journalist who protects sources? I will not be bullied by you backward-ass rednecks in the same way you’ve gone after Alice Anderson, Sharon Smith-Breiner, Michelle Henry, Amanda Reffitt, Kelly Johnson, Bill Morgan, Jennifer Hall, Kelly Wallace, Brian Wallace, Jim Dusso, Gene Heffington, Marcia Duanaway, Alicia Sneed, Michelle Williams and countless others.
But if you want to try make me the story? Want to try to blame me for reporting everything with documentation to back it up? I’ll stand up for the people you’ve wronged and an army of people will stand up with me. If you think I’m joking, watch what’s about to happen over the next couple months.
Folks can donate here (at the bottom of the page) if you want to confidentially help me fund a legal effort to shut that crap down. While there’s a shield law, it still requires legal action to shut it down. $5, $500, $2,000, whatever. I’ll send you a nerdy magnet for your support:
I’ve ignored their personal attacks for years. I’ve ignored their attempts to use homophobia in an attempt to undermine the evidence. But. Enough is enough.