THE TKC SATURDAY NIGHT PLAYLIST!!! KANSAS CITY POLITICAL CLUBS AND CONSULTANTS RULE LOCAL ELECTIONS AMID DEAD TREE MEDIA DECLINE!!!
Recently, a bit of Dead Tree Media opinion seemed completely laughable given the details of the Jackson County Translational Sales Tax election . . .
As usual, the Dead Tree Media argument is out of date and ignores election results . . .
Newspaper: Clout of political clubs dwindles
The headline is kinda funny because of Dead Tree Media follow-up on this tax:
THE NEWSPAPER AGREES WITH THE DOMINANT KANSAS CITY POLITICAL CLUBS AND JUST CAME OUT AGAINST THE JACKSON COUNTY TRANSLATIONAL SALES TAX!!!
It's worth noting that Dead Tree Media has been making this same argument against political clubs for more than a decade while enduring constant layoffs and downsizing. Meanwhile, groups like Freedom Inc. and Taxpayers Unlimited ran an election slate that picked nearly all of the winners in the last major city-wide vote . . .
Reality . . .
KANSAS CITY ELECTIONS ARE INCREASINGLY DOMINATED BY POLITICAL CLUBS AND CONSULTANTS BECAUSE DEAD TREE MEDIA NO LONGER HAS THE RESOURCES TO PROVIDE COVERAGE AND FEWER PEOPLE ARE VOTING!!!
People often misinterpret TKC when it comes to this blog's documentation of Dead Tree Media decline. Because it'll be funny to watch token Latina Mary Sanchez try to market her other skills and seeing Dave Helling bust a gasket whenever this blog is mentioned is good for a laugh . . . Our lament of newspaper decline is too often mistaken for gloating.
The fact is . . . The decline of newspaper investigation is part of Kansas City's overall FAIL. If there were more competition among investigative journalists . . . KC Politicos wouldn't be able to get away with so much. Sadly, what we're left with is mostly hacks transcribing campaign finance reports or political prejudices disguised as discourse.
But I digress . . .
THE FACT IS: FEWER KANSAS CITY VOTERS TRANSLATES INTO MORE POWER FOR POLITICAL CLUBS AND CONSULTANTS!!!
So while the newspaper is working on subscription and ad schemes and TV News is more interested in ratings and sound-byte coverage that people instantly forget . . . The Kansas City electorate gets easier for power brokers to manipulate for better and worse.
For the Jackson County Translational Sales Tax . . . Connecting with consultants and Kansas City political clubs has taken precedence over communicating with the media that no longer has the resources for in-depth coverage.
Oh, and by the way . . .
St Lukes Health System donated another $10K to the Translational Sales Tax
While . . . Sales tax opponent Brad Bradshaw kicked in $55K to oppose the tax
Again, with so few people voting . . . The political clubs already have the attention of those most likely to cast a ballot and, as always, power brokers have the connections and cash to sway these groups. Low turnout dictates that niche marketing in KCMO is more important than old school newspaper obsolescence. Rather than deny this reality, it's important to acknowledge it and work to change it by involving more people in the process.
And so this fact of life and the decline of newspaper power inspires our playlist tonight . . .
As always, thanks for reading and have a fun and safe Saturday Night.