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For Some Reporters, Facts Make For Boring Television

For Some Reporters, Facts Make For Boring Television

It’s really too bad that we need to write a post like this. And it's an unusually long post as it examines a recent story on FOX4 line by line. We apologize for the length but there seems to be an ongoing media-driven narrative that continues to sow confusion and misinformation in and around Clay County. As the first county in Missouri to establish an online transparency portal, our intention is always open and clear communication both with our fellow Clay Countians and with the media. But what we are seeing in some media outlets lately, and on social media, goes so far beyond responsible journalism, and the resulting confusion and concern among Clay County citizens have become so widespread, that we are compelled to dedicate time and space to correct the story. One egregious example of this occurred on Monday, May 13th. Megan Dillard at FOX4 published a story…

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The “Morel” Of The Story

The “Morel” Of The Story

Clay County Parks are a prized regional resource and a wonderful place to enjoy nature with friends and family. The men and women who serve as Park Rangers do a tremendous job not only keeping visitors and employees safe but serving as ambassadors to the thousands of guests who visit our parks every year. Sometimes, this involves polite and respectful education for our guests. Recently, false accusations were made about the conduct of one of our Park Rangers, who was merely seeking to advise a mushroom hunter of existing restrictions. This false statement claimed that our Ranger threatened to issue citations and even arrest a private citizen for mushroom hunting. Our Ranger made no such threat, as you can see in this body camera footage. The ordinance the Ranger noted, prohibited removal of any plants, deer antlers, etc., for any purpose, and was adopted in 1984. At the first Commission…

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