THE TKC SATURDAY NIGHT PLAYLIST!!! IS YAEL KILLING THE KANSAS CITY STAR?!?!
Tonight we're following up on more longstanding complaints regarding the lead editorialist of Kansas City's faltering Dead Tree Media organization.
To wit . . .
KANSAS CITY INSIDERS BELIEVE THAT DISCONNECTED EDITORIAL FROM YAEL ABOUHALKAH COULD BE A KEY FACTOR IN THE DEMISE OF THE STAR!!!
This week's charter changes reveal the power of the Dead Tree opinion to influence the politics of local government. Pronouncements from The Star pretty much sealed the fate of any public vote on changing systemic discrimination at City Hall. So much for journalism serving voters instead of the civic elite . . .
Notice that coverage of the aftermath didn't even include much reporting of dissenting votes.
To be fair, KCI advocates celebrated when Yael called for the head of airport leader Mark VanLoh.
Meanwhile . . .
Close watches of City Hall notice that on topics ranging from local KCPD control, streetcar toy train cheerleading and overall dedication to Mayor Sly . . . Yael's party line not only reinforces the status quo but also bleeds into news coverage.
Really, nowadays Dead Tree Media doesn't really offer critical coverage of topics that Yael has endorsed or aligned himself. Behind the scenes, the editorial writer with a lot of seniority and more than a bit of influence doesn't really like being contradicted.
Just one example out of many . . . THE STAR DIDN'T REALLY MENTION A MAJOR BLOWUP AT CITY HALL OVER RACIAL PROFILING AND PLAZA FLASH MOB CONFRONTATION THIS WEEK because we hear Yael finds the topic uncomfortable.
But here's what TKC is calling out more than anything else . . .
NOWADAYS DEAD TREE MEDIA OPINION FROM YAEL AND HIS COLLEAGUES KINDA SUBSTITUTES FOR REPORTING . . . VERY MUCH LIKE A BLOG!!!
In fact, the only difference seems to be branding, hottie pix and writing preferences . . . Of which TKC simply has better style.
But think about this seriously for just a sec . . . Is Dead Tree Media the defining informational resource on local political topics or are voters (the last remaining few in KCMO) finding more "news" from their own Internets searching, word of mouth and targeted marketing/electioneering via social media and other outlets???
LIKE IT OR NOT, EDITORIAL INFLUENCING NEWS COVERAGE COULD BE KILLING THE STAR AMID A DECLINING SUBSCRIBER BASE AND CONTINUALLY FALLING ADVERTISING REVENUE!!!
Newspapers like The Wall Street Journal are surviving and thriving by providing essential data that their users value and are willing to pay to read.
Meanwhile, it seems that Kansas City Dead Tree Media is looking to stifle local discourse and even their own coverage in order to maintain their place at the top of quickly crumbling local news pyramid.
And all of this has inspired tonight's quick playlist.
As always, thank you for reading this week and have a safe and fun Saturday night.