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Bill Meyer Show: William E. Simpson II Talks Continued and Selective (biased) Regurgitation

Letter to a ‘Journalist’ ? 

TO: Eric Neumann – Jefferson Public Radio

RE: Your recent article 

Dear Mr. Neumann

Your continued and selective (biased) regurgitation of what are essentially the press narratives of the Klamath River Renewal Corporation (KRRC) and their cronies is astounding.  It makes me wonder if you are merely allowing ‘AI’ to rewrite the KRRC press releases and then issuing as ‘news’? 

Talk about ‘censorship’, you’ve certainly censored the genuine story of what’s happened on the Klamath River, much to your own potential discredit as the current rolling train wreck escalates and may boomerang back on you. 

Sad to see that real journalism is DEAD, just like the Klamath River... 

And with the help of journalists like you, the people who are hoping for truth to set expectations will end up being disappointed by your coverage, which the future may prove as a serious failure in journalism… 

It seems you may be too busy hobnobbing to read the CDM Smith-Stillwater Study from 2011 that clearly details there are numerous organic and heavy metals toxins in the remaining ~15-million cubic yards of sediments that are sitting on the now exposed lake bottoms of Copco and Iron Gate Lakes.. 

Is the science in the study is beyond your comprehension? Or maybe, you prefer to believe whatever KRRC’s cronies feed you?

Either way, that Study by numerous scientists, detailing those numerous bio-accumulative toxins is right, and your intentional downplaying and selective reporting is wrong…

Furthermore, via your concerted efforts to downplay the seriousness of the vast quantities of polluted sediments, you and KRRC’s cronies, are putting the lives and health of people and wildlife at additional risk by downplaying the serious issues presented to public safety by those remaining lake bottom sediments!  

Here is some advice:

By Noah Glick:

Journalism lecturer Jonathan Foster has for decades told his students, 

“If someone says it’s raining & another person says it’s dry, it’s not your job to quote them both. Your job is to look out of the fucking window and find out which is true.”

Too often, we see political coverage distilled into talking points, disagreements and conflict. The actions of elected officials – the decisions that impact our lives – are then distilled into sound bites and bickering, instead of looking under the hood at the policy. We turn to our news sources for understanding, and are left feeling more confused. That is by design.

Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin said this in a 2012 interview with New York Magazine discussing his show, Newsroom.

“If the entire House Republican caucus were to walk onto the floor one day and say, ‘The Earth is flat,’ the headline on The New York Times the next day would read ‘Democrats and Republicans Can’t Agree on Shape of Earth.’”

Writing and Living At Ground Zero ©

The Klamath River & Dam Disaster

By: William E. Simpson II

The latest under the new column at Siskiyou News:



3. California Globe:


Maybe you’ll summon the courage to read the CDM Smith Study (ATTACHED PDF) and learn just how wrong you and the cronies you rely upon are. 

And keep in mind what ‘bio-accumulative’ toxins are, and how at even low doses over time, they can cause debilitating diseases, and even death! 

Sincerely Yours, 

William E. Simpson II 

Response from Erik Neumann:

From: Erik Neumann

To: William E. Simpson II

Sent: Friday, April 5, 2024 at 11:32:22 AM PDT

Subject: Re: Klamath River Disaster – Living & Writing At Ground Zero

Hi William, 

Thanks for your email. I’ll take a look at the study you included. 



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