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Dan Heyman: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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A veteran reporter in West Virginia was arrested for repeatedly asking Tom Price a question at a meeting with lawmakers Tuesday.

Dan Heyman, a reporter for Public News Service, was arrested at the West Virginia State Capitol in Charleston on Tuesday. Heyman said he was trying to ask Price, the Department of Health and Human Services secretary, a question about the American Healthcare Act. Price was at the West Virginia Capitol with counselor Kellyanne Conway and other lawmakers to speak on the opioid epidemic in America.

Heyman has since been charged with “willful disruption of state government process” and was released on $5,000 bail shortly after he was booked.

Here’s what you need to know:


1. Heyman Said He Asked Rice About Domestic Violence

Heyman said that he asked Price “repeatedly” about whether domestic violence would be considered a pre-existing condition under the American Healthcare Act.

His personal account said that he waited for Price to enter the capitol and approached him, attempting to ask him the question about pre-existing conditions. Heyman allegedly reached his phone past those walking with Price to ask his question about the bill.

“He didn’t say anything,” Heyman said in a news conference. “So I persisted.”

Heyman said that police at the captiol eventually “decided I was just too persistent in asking this question and trying to do my job and so they arrested me.”

He was placed into handcuffs and removed from the Capitol building by authorities.

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2. A Police Report Said He ‘Breached Secret Service Agents’

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A criminal complaint by West Virginia Capitol Police said that Heyman was causing a disturbance in the building, adding that he was “aggressively breaching” Secret Service agents.

“(Heyman breached Secret Service) to the point where the agents were forced to remove him a couple of times from the area walking up the hallway in the main building of the capitol,” the complaint said. “The defendant was causing a disturbance at Ms. Conway and Secretary Price.”

The officer that wrote the report said that he and one of his co-workers detained Heyman “before he tried aggressively to breach the security of the secret service.”

West Virginia Department of Military Affairs & Public Safety Director of Communication Lawrence Messina said that the criminal complaint showed that “this is not about someone trying to ask questions.”

“The individual repeatedly tried to push his way past secret service agents who were providing for the safety and security for an event at the state capitol,” Messina said. “There were other reporters present who asked questions without incident.”

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3. Heyman Has Over 30 Years of Reporting Experience

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According to his LinkedIn page, Heyman graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. He’s been a reporter/writer for just over 32 years and has had his work published in many well-known publications.

Currently, Heyman works as a producer and reporter for Public News Service and covers happenings in Virginia an West Virginia. The news organization’s website says it’s “a member-supported news service that advocates journalism in the public interest.”

He’s had stories that have appeared in the New York Times, NPR and many others on an array of topics.

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4. The ACLU of West Virginia Has Supported Heyman

Since his arrest for causing the disruption, the ACLU of West Virginia has been quick to back Heyman in the matter.

The organization released a statement after his arrest that called the war against the media a “dangerous time in our country.”

“Freedom of the press is being eroded every day. We have a president who calls the media ‘fake news’ and resists transparency at every turn,” the statement read. “Mr. Heyman’s arrest is a blatant attempt to chill an independent, free press. The charges against him are outrageous, and they must be dropped immediately.”

Read the ACLU of West Virginia’s full statement below:



At a press conference after he was released on bond, Heyman’s lawyer — Tim Dipiero — called the matter a “highly unusual case.”

Valerie Woody, an outreach coordinator for the West Virginia Citizen Action Group, was present during Heyman’s arrest and said that she didn’t see anything that should have led to an arrest. She said that Price and the group surrounding him were moving at a fast pace through the Capitol, and Heyman had to move fast to catch up with them.

“I saw nothing in his behavior, I heard nothing that indicated any kind of aggressive behavior or anything like that,” she said in Public News Service’s article. “Just simple, you know, trying to get somebody’s attention and ask them a question. It seems to me there was no violation of anyone’s space, or physicality, other than the arrest itself.”

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5. Heyman Has Said He Was Just Doing His Job

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Heyman told The Washington Post that he was simply doing his job as a journalist when he was arrested.

“This is my job, this is what I’m supposed to do,” he said. “I think it’s a question that deserves to be answered. I think it’s my job to ask questions and I think it’s my job to try to get answers.”

Heyman added that his arrest for asking a question sets a “terrible example” for other members of the press that inquire about important issues to public officials. He said that he was wearing his press pass with the PNS logo on the front and told officers that he was a reporter when questioned.

In recent years, Heyman has reported on healthcare issues and has often referred to them as “well-trodden ground.”


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5 comments

  1. what a liberal progressive buffoon. Never let a political agenda get in the way of your trying to use your political agenda ask a non-question….
    someone should tell this leftist clown that congress is writing the new healthcare law, specifically the house.
    then it goes to the senate where changes are made and voted on,
    then back to the house.

    is that creepy guy using this airtime to look for a job? a boyfriend? crazy.

  2. WHOSE NEWS IS IT ANYWAY
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    The First Amendment to the United States Constitution forbids the government from abridging freedom of speech or freedom of the press (the PRESS, having been defined as a MEANS of COMMUNICATION; and FREEDOM, being bestowed upon A-L-L C-I-T-I-Z-E-N-S who may COMMUNICATE through a PRESS!… i.e., as defined, and bestowed, by judicious judicial judicare!)!… and e.g., forbidding– sarcastically, and belatedly speaking!– the morphing of the Federal Communications Commission/ FCC into a “FEDERAL I-N-F-O-R-M-A-T-I-O-N COMMISSION”/ FIC! And, as America has no “standing” “FEDERAL INFORMATION COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY COMMISSION (ICT, being the GLOBALLY RECOGNIZED term covering both INFORMATION and COMMUNICATIONS!… see, Information Communications Technology, Wikipedia!)”, the perverse SUBVERTING of the C-O-M-M-U-N-I-C-A-T-I-O-N-S R-O-L-E of the FCC into that of I-N-F-O-R-M-A-T-I-O-N, is an overt and covert attempt by Conservative Corporate Media interests to promulgate “C-o-n-s-e-r-v-a-t-i-v-e I-n-f-o-r-m-a-t-i-o-n C-r-e-e-p” into the political and bureaucratic jargon of the FCC, and, into our “Social Information Infrastructure”! And therefore, the Federal Communications Commission’s exceptions to free speech… e.g., surrounding “FAKE NEWS”!… are disturbing, and, would suggestion the need for a Constitutional challenge re the Constitutionality of the FCC-imposed “regulation” of COMMUNICATIONS C-O-N-T-E-N-T, in contrast to the FCC regulation of C-O-M-M-U-N-I-C-A-T-I-O-N-S T-E-C-H-N-O-L-O-G-Y– O-N-L-Y!
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    And, in particular, the FCC’s “regulations” on public broadcasters!… which forbid the broadcast of “indecent material” on “public airwaves”! For example, the accidental exposure of Janet Jackson’s n-i-p-p-l-e during the halftime show at Super Bowl XXXVIII led to the passage of the Broadcast Decency Enforcement Act of 2005, which increased the maximum fine that the FCC could level for “indecent broadcasts” from $32,500, to $325,000– with a maximum liability of $3 million! This is to “shield” younger individuals– so said, and supposedly!– from expressions/ ideas that are deemed “offensive”! The Supreme Court of the United States has yet to touch the internet!… but, that could soon change if “ANTI NET NEUTRALITY VS NET NEUTRALITY” comes into play!
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    The government’s role is to protect the interest of the public!… and balancing this with the “business media’s” needs, can be difficult! That is why the courts, The FCC, and the Federal Trade Commission/ FTC are all said responsible for arbitrating the “Media’s” Rights, and responsibilities (i.e., O-U-R Rights, and responsibilities!)! Although, it is W-H-O-L-L-Y U-N-C-L-E-A-R as to how a FTC, can– AND SHOULD!– be “regulating” the “S-O-C-I-A-L M-E-D-I-A-‘-S” “S-O-C-I-A-L T-R-A-D-E” in products and/ or services (and the “Social Media”, N-O-T T-O B-E C-O-N-F-U-S-E-D with the “Conservative Corporate Media”!… or the “Conservative Corporate Media” I-N T-H-E G-U-I-S-E of the “Social Media”!)! And please be aware!… there are “T-H-R-E-E” “PRIMARY SECTORS” into which the FREE WORLD (but, etc.!) is composed/ comprised! And these are: the Market, NGO+NPO, and Bureaucratic Sectors! And thus!… and as these Primary Sectors are D-I-S-T-I-N-C-T!… the products and/ or services of any ONE of these Primary Sectors, I-S N-O-T TO BE MADE S-Y-N-O-N-Y-M-O-U-S WITH THOSE OF EITHER, OR BOTH, OF THE REMAINING TWO!… and so, the “Social Media’s” “trade” in artifacts or artifice, should not be confused– OR SUBSUMED, SUPPLANTED, OR SUBVERTED!– with/ by those of the “Market Media”, or the “Bureaucratic Media”!
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    It is the role of the FBI… through our Constitution, Federal Intelligence Laws, Constitutional Case Laws, and Tort Case Laws, to examine, and to delimit “HACKING”, and “FAKE NEWS”!… and for example, the Federal Stalking Statute (18 U.S.C. §2261A)! And given the current preoccupation the FBI and CIA have with both “HACKING” and “FAKE NEWS”, the FBI (in particular!), will– over time!– bump into the “limits” of a “FREE PRESS (i.e., into what ‘delimits’ an otherwise ‘FREE PRESS’!)”!… and, in addition, to curtailing “HACKING”!! And until that happens, we are left– and apart from the abstruse, and obtuse role of the FCC!– with individual and collective ICT advocacies before our courts, to challenge the less than state-of-the-art in News gathering, and News dissemination!!
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    But on the front of News gathering, and News dissemination!… what most Americans are unaware of, is that A-L-L A-M-E-R-I-C-A-N-S have as much of a Right to gather and disseminate information (e.g., the “Aternative Media”!), as any member of the Conservative Corporate Media!… and, something, the Conservative Corporate Media don’t want the rest of America to know about! T-H-E-S-E would want you to believe that a “FREE PRESS” pertains to T-H-E-M, and to T-H-E-M alone!… although, every case law that/ which has argued about the scope of this Freedom, contends otherwise! Nevertheless!… T-H-E-S-E, are “hold up” at the White House, state legislatures, and municipal and regional assemblies to proclaim “P-R-E-S-S E-X-C-L-U-S-I-V-I-T-Y (i.e., code for, C-O-N-S-E-R-V-A-T-I-V-E C-O-R-P-O-R-A-T-E M-E-D-I-A E-X-C-L-U-S-I-V-I-T-Y!)”, and to dictate who will be “allowed in” to do what these have been COLLUSIVELY GRANTED to do, by countless Human Rights violating, political and bureaucratic PSEUDODEMOCRATIC GOVERNANCES!
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    In other words, Americans have… directly and/ or indirectly evidenced, and by commission and/ or omission!… given the Conservative Corporate Media A N-I-G-H E-X-C-L-U-S-I-V-E R-I-G-H-T TO GATHER AND DISSEMINATE INFORMATION WITHIN AMERICANS’ V-E-R-Y O-W-N PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS!… and thereby, allowing the Conservative Corporate Media to dictate what Americans will see, and hear, through a “LESS THAN FREE” “Conservative Corporate Press”! This has meant, for example, the issuance of “CONSERVATIVE CORPORATE MEDIA PRESS PASSES” to whomever the Conservative Corporate Media decides will be “ELIGIBLE” to communicate with citizens’ O-W-N political, and bureaucratic employees!… and, within citizens’ O-W-N political, and bureaucratic institutions! And so… if there be a question, or two, or three that citizens may have about the sundry injustices that confront them on a daily basis, citizens are left– in many instances!– with the “pat answers” being S-P-U-N by “Elite Interests”, who have already “R-I-G-G-E-D” the “public interest game” by “social default (i.e., BY COMPLACENT SOCIAL INATTENTIVENESS TO THE RIGHTS BESTOWED ON CITIZENS THROUGH THEIR CONSTITUTION, AND BY WAY OF NUMEROUS CONSTITUTIONAL AND TORT CASE LAWS!… and, that/ which, have decided in their favor!)”! This “Conservative Corporate Media arrangement” has– also!– led to a “one-sided” dispensation of Conservative Corporate Media “truths” through Conservative Corporate Media blogs!… to which– and in most instances!– citizens have N-O R-I-G-H-T T-O C-O-M-M-E-N-T U-P-O-N!… and, inasmuch, as most Conservative Corporate Media websites either have no Comment Log/ Clog window for commentary, or, are confronted with obligatory passwords! And passwords, which not only violate one’s Right to Free Speech and Free Association, such have been REPEATEDLY BREACHED through countless ICT attacks (e.g., by hacking!)!
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    But!… above and beyond the arbitrary removal of Comment Logs/ Clogs from Conservative Corporate Media websites as SPAM, is the INSIDIOUS DENIAL of Clogs, A-L-T-O-G-E-T-H-E-R! And my recent “CYBEREPHIPHANY”, and “CYBEREURIKA MOMENT” concerning COMPLETE CLOG DENIAL, has been to suggest a wholly new method for R-E-S-P-O-N-S-I-B-L-Y RANKING Search Engine search results (and thereby, Conservative Corporate Media results listings!… and regardless of the Search Engine!)! And my method, is as follows…
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    IT IS MY CONTENTION THAT ALL SEARCH RESULTS (E.G., GOOGLE’S PAGERANKED-BASED SEARCH RESULTS!… BUT, REGARDLESS OF THE SEARCH ENGINE, OR METASEARCH ENGINE BEING USED!) SHOULD BE “M-A-N-D-A-T-E-D” TO BE W-E-I-G-H-T-E-D I-N F-A-V-O-U-R OF RESULTS, THAT ALLOW FOR F-R-E-E (UNTRAMMELED/ UNINTERMELLED, AND, COST-FREE!) P-U-B-L-I-C C-O-M-M-E-N-T-A-R-Y (AND THUS, REQUIRING A COMMENT LOG/ CLOG SECTION/ WINDOW TO BE PRESENT WITHIN– FOR EXAMPLE!– CONSERVATIVE CORPORATE MEDIA WEBSITES, IN ORDER FOR SUCH WEBSITES TO BE GRANTED “PREFERENTIAL RANKING” BY, AND WITHIN, A-N-Y GIVEN META/ SEARCH ENGINE!)! AND THUSLY!… ELIMINATING THE CURRENT PRACTICE OF META/ SEARCH ENGINES… AND/ OR “CERTAIN” THIRD-PARTY “ELITE INTERESTS”!… FROM INDIVIDUALLY, OR JOINTLY DENYING “POLITICALLY CHARGED”, OR “LEANING” COMMENTARY FROM “TOP BILLING (THROUGH PERVERSE ‘SEARCH ENGINE OPTIMIZATION’/ SEO ALGORITHMS [see, Link-building software, under: Link Spam, Spamdexing, METASEARCH ENGINE – Wikipedia!]… AND/ OR, BY WAY OF OTHER ‘A-N-T-I SEARCH NEUTRALITY’ AND ‘A-N-T-I NET NEUTRALITY’ ALGORITHMS [SEE, CRITICISM OF GOOGLE – WIKIPEDIA; REPORT ON DANGERS AND OPPORTUNITIES POSED BY LARGE SEARCH ENGINES, PARTICULARLY GOOGLE, SEPTEMBER 30, 2007, BY H. MAURER, CO-AUTHOR, EDITOR… AT WWW(DOT)BOOK(DOT)XLIBX(DOT) INFO– BUT, NOT PDF; AND, GOOGLE WATCH-WATCH, CREATED BY CHRIS BEASLEY]!)”! AND, SIMPLY BECAUSE, META/ SEARCH ENGINES!… AND/ OR “CERTAIN” COLLUSIVE THIRD-PARTY “ELITE INTERESTS”!… BELIEVE THAT T-H-E-S-E ARE DIRECTLY, AND/ OR INDIRECTLY, ADVERSELY “POLITICALLY/ SOCIALLY/ ECONOMICALLY IMPACTED (BY COMMISSION AND/ OR OMISSION!… DIRECTLY AND/ OR INDIRECTLY EVIDENCED!)” BY THE, OTHERWISE, META/ SEARCH ENGINE “ALLOWED” “RESULT RANKING” OF SUCH “POLITICALLY CHARGED”, OR “LEANING” COMMENTARY (E.G., THE MESSAGE YOU ARE NOW READING!)! AND THUSLY!… NO “N-E-U-T-R-A-L W-E-B-S-I-T-E (I.E., ONE HAVING N-O CLOG WINDOW!)” WOULD BE ALLOWED AT THE TOP OF SEARCH RESULTS RANKINGS!… P-E-R-I-O-D!! UNLESS!… AND OF COURSE!… N-O C-O-M-M-E-N-T L-O-G-S HAVE BEEN OFFERED UP WITHIN THE SUM NUMBER OF THE T-H-E-N “COMMENTS FACILITATING WEBSITES” LISTED WITHIN A META/ SEARCH ENGINE’S SEARCH RESULTS (RESPECTIVE OF A GIVEN SEARCH EXPRESSION USED!)!… OR!… THE SITE DOESN’T LEND ITSELF TO “PUBLIC COMMENTARY (I.E., THE NATURE OF THE SITE, ‘LOGICALLY PRECLUDES’ FACILITATING PUBLIC DEBATE– AND E.G., THERE ARE NO BLOGS TO WHICH ‘SITIZENS [SITE CITIZENS!]’ MAY COMMENT UPON!)”! AND THIS THEN, WILL MEAN, THAT F-R-E-E D-E-M-O-C-R-A-T-I-C P-U-B-L-I-C E-X-P-R-E-S-S-I-O-N W-I-L-L H-O-L-D S-W-A-Y O-V-E-R A-N-Y A-N-D A-L-L O-T-H-E-R “R-A-N-K-I-N-G C-O-N-S-I-D-E-R-A-T-I-O-N-S”, RE THE RANKING OF SEARCH ENGINE SEARCH RESULTS!
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    THE NEXT STEP, WOULD BE TO ADDRESS THE DIGITAL HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS INHERE WITHIN THE VERY DESIGN OF CONSERVATIVE CORPORATE MEDIA CLOG WINDOWS (BUT, ETC.!), THAT DISALLOW LINKING, PASTING, CLOG SIZE (ADJUDGED BY A WEBSITE TO BE BEYOND ITS ARBITRARY “CHARACTER CAP”!), AND “CRITICAL COMMENTARY (BUT, ETC.!)”!… AND, IN ADDITION, TO PUTTING A STOP TO IP ADDRESS THEFT, AND IP MANIPULATION; AND THEREWITH, “BLACKLISTING”!
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    To sum up, although Dan Heyman’s situation is CLEARLY regrettable!… and denies CONSCIONABLE CITIZENS access to the information they so urgently need!… the “PROBLEM”, is M-U-C-H M-O-R-E S-Y-S-T-E-M-I-C than the denial of FREE EXPRESSION suffered by Dan Heyman!
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    It is a problem being experienced by hundreds of millions of people worldwide! Who!… and despite Constitutional safeguards, National and Regional guidelines and Directives, and numerous advocates and advocacies, are unable to have their FREE SPEECH acknowledged, and facilitated! These are victims of the the Conservative Corporate Media machine, and Political and Bureaucratic COLLUSION! After all, only the Conservative Corporate Media can tell the tale!… and it is they– AND THEY ALONE!– that/ which have their eyes and ears on the plight of mankind!… AND THE REST, D-O-N-‘-T C-O-U-N-T!
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    Please!… no emails!