Newspaper column sparks verbal war between activist and KHSD trustee

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A column about President Trump in Tuesday's Bakersfield Californian has triggered a back and forth war of words, between a local activist and a Kern High School District trustee.

The verbal spat is over a column from local activist and disc jockey Danny Morrison, where he called President Donald Trump a racist.

The publishing of Morrison's rant prompted a strong response from Kern High School District trustee Mike Williams on Facebook. In his post, he stated he's done with the Bakersfield Californian and said he will bring a motion to the board to stop all relations with paper, including advertising, sports, and requests for comments by staff.

Williams said he doesn't take issue with Morrison expressing his opinions, but rather, the paper printing them.

17 News reached out to Williams, Morrison and the Bakersfield Californian. Williams did not respond to a request for comment. Morrison said he will be available for comment on Thursday.

Senior Editor at the Bakersfield Californian Robert Price spoke to 17 News Tuesday evening and said:

"A column that does not take a point of view, that does not have a bias, is not a column, it's a news story. Columns by definition, it's the writer's opportunity to say 'This is what I believe and it's based on my biases, my prejudices, on my life experience.' It's not a news story, it's an opinion and Danny had an opinion.

And, I should add, he's not the only guy out there, in this particular case he was saying that President Trump is a racist. We've read that from other columnists, other pundits for the last week. So for Mike Williams or anybody else to get upset because Danny Williams a week later saying that the president is a racist ... well, did you not read the paper the last week and a half?"

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