COWTOWN CONTRADICTIONS: KANSAS CITY KINDNESS AND HATERATION IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE JJ'S INFERNO!!!
First, let's focus on the good things . . .
In the aftermath of the JJ's Restaurant Fire there has been an outpouring of assistance and help from throughout Kansas City.
There is an effort to find work for employees and offer help to nearby residents.
THERE IS EVEN TKC BREAKING NEWS OF JJ'S BENEFIT AT THE UPTOWN SCHEDULED FOR EARLY MARCH!!!
But it's not all sunshine and flowers.
To wit . . .
KANSAS CITY IS ALSO DEFINED BY MEDIA DENIZENS WHO WOULD'VE RATHER WATCHED THEIR SHOWS INSTEAD OF JJ'S DISASTER NEWS!!!
On twitter and social media there were more than a few complaints about programming interruptions from angry TV watchers.
Just one example . . . Several fans of "The Bachelor," "New Girl" and "NCIS" were upset when Kansas City stations interrupted the shows for breaking coverage of an explosion at Country Club Plaza.
And it gets worse . . .
MORE THAN A FEW OF MY "URBAN CORE" FRIENDS WONDER WHY MAINSTREAM MEDIA IS SATURATED WITH REPORTS OF THIS DISASTER BUT REALLY JUST OFFERS OBLIGATORY COVERAGE WITH LITTLE INVESTIGATION WHEN TRAGEDY THAT CLAIMS MORE THAN ONE LIFE STRIKE THE EAST SIDE OR ANYWHERE OUTSIDE OF THE PLAZA!!!
Also . . .
IT'S A BIT HYPOCRITICAL THAT HATE FILLED KANSAS CITY ONLINE COMMENTERS ATTACK EVERY HOMICIDE VIGIL IN KANSAS CITY BUT THEN HYPOCRITICALLY EXPECT ABSOLUTE SOLEMNITY WHEN IT COMES TO THIS MAN-MADE DISASTER!!!
Of course, TKC understands the newsworthy nature of this event and flames shooting into the sky make for compelling coverage . . . But let's realize that there's more than one vantage of any local tragedy and people both wonderful and despicable on both side of just about every Kansas City conversation.
DEVELOPING . . .