Success: Racist and Homophobic Politician Resigns

Target: Jeff von Kaenel, CEO of Reno News & Review

Goal: Praise newspaper for exposing politician’s racist and homophobic opinions, forcing him to resign

The racist and homophobic politician Ira Hansen has publicly announced his intention to resign as Speaker of the Nevada State Assembly. A very recent petition called for this action and it was met with amazingly rapid results. Hansen has made numerous offensive comments regarding race, gender, and sexual preference in a local newspaper that were brought to light by The Reno News & Review. This publication deserves a commendation for dredging up this awful man’s dirty laundry and hanging it for all to see.

Hansen has been writing a column for his local newspaper The Sparks Tribune in which he has written such things as; “The shrewd and calculating [black] ‘leaders’ are willing to sacrifice the children of their own race to gratify their lust for power and position,” and, “Yet, one fact of homosexuality deliberately downplayed is the grossly disproportionate numbers of child molesters, called ‘pederasts,’ which fill their ranks.” These comments are racist, homophobic, and downright infuriating. The fact that this man was about to be in a position of power is extremely worrisome and without The RN&N, Nevada would be in trouble.

The newspaper also reported that Hansen “proudly flies” a confederate flag above his desk, believes that women should not be allowed to serve in the armed forces, and generally considers all gay people to be sexually deviant and dangerous child molesters.

The resignation of this truly despicable man is a great victory for people living in Nevada and everywhere across the country, and without the crack reporting of The RN&N, it would not have been possible. Please sign below to thank the newspaper that brought all of these terrible opinions to light and saved countless people from Hansen’s oppressive intentions.


Dear Mr. von Kaenel,

Your newspaper’s recent stories on have successfully forced the racist, sexist, and homophobic politician Ira Hansen to resign from his position as Speaker of the Nevada State Assembly. I want to personally thank you for your efforts to stop this truly virulent man from gaining a position of power that could have adversely affected countless people. Your reporting hung out this man’s dirty laundry for all to see and helped to create a greater awareness for who Ira Hansen truly is.

Without good reporting like that of your paper, no democracy can function fairly. All too often the news media in the United States is extremely biased and loyal to a single ideology so it is extremely refreshing to find a publication who is willing to expose the powerful for who they really are.

I want to thank you on behalf of the people living in Nevada and the rest of the country for your good deeds. I also want to assure you that you have saved countless people from the oppressive and draconian opinions of Hansen. Please continue to expose the truth in the future, it is greatly needed.


[Your Name Here]

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