Profanities removed from Kansas legislative hearing audio


November 3, 2021

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — An official recording of a Kansas legislative hearing that appears on a Legislative website and YouTube was edited to remove profanities directed at a journalist.

Justin Speihs was testifying Saturday against mask mandates before the Special Committee on Government Overreach and the Impact of COVID-19 Mandates when he began using profanity to criticize Sherman Smith, editor in chief of the Kansas Reflector.

Spiehs had previously asked Smith to provide coverage of his complaints against Lawrence school officials' directives on masks. Smith declined Spiehs' request, The...

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