Saturday, January 25, 2014

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.

25 Comments:

Anonymous said...

Local control, Sly's worst idea ever and Yael's marching orders.

Anonymous said...

KCMO is absolutely full of ego, personalities, people on the make, nonprofits, enighborhood groups, grifters, activists, and all the rest, all of who think they have some influence over what goes on, few of who have any idea of what they're talking about, most of who are just looking for some grant money from someone, and none of who have any actual responsiblity for much of anything.
And the folks on the Star editorial board are right at the top of the list.
If the mayor and council had any ideas of their own or any guts, they wouldn't allow themselves to be jerked around and run all over the map by these clowns. But when you're an empty suit, any scam that comes walking in the door seems like a good idea.
Even a half-billion dollar streetcar plan!

Anonymous said...

Largely agree with most of what TKC posted here. With special emphasis on:
1) "nowadays dead tree media opinion from Yael and his colleagues kinda substitutes for reporting.."
2) "Yael's party line reinforces the status quo."
3) The Star "doesn't really offer critical coverage of topics that Yael has endorsed or aligned himself" with. And "doesn't really like being contradicted."

Fael Abracadabra is a shorter, much thinner, Woody Allen-esque version of Chris Christie "the Bully"!!

I know everything, I know what's best, how dare you have an opinion contrary to mine!! The voice starts rising, the hands begin gesticulating in the air, the facial contortions begin....oh my!!

Anonymous said...

Duh. Yes. Why pay for yael shelly sanchez stupidity when you can read it on the Huffington post weeks before. And is not kraske the laziest political reporter ever? He's the Dan dierdorf at the star. King of the obvious cliche

Anonymous said...

Yael is only one of the many problems that will kill the KC Star. All self inflicted wounds.

Greedo said...

@6:58 nails it.

Anonymous said...

The Star has fired award winning journalists and yet keeps its editorial duds like Abouhalkah and Diuguid. So, if you're a journalist, do you buck the editorial writers, of course not.

The Star is first and foremost a stooge for the status quo and editorial writers can be more useful than journalists to serve that clientel.

Anonymous said...

Yael is not so much a problem as doo no good , wh as a mattr of fact has never had an original thought, he reports only what others think. Most of doo no good is bull shit. Shelly and sanchez absolutely fucking suck. They are race baiters of the first order. The star is history, fuck the god damn liberals, when is the revolution going to start.

Anonymous said...

well Kansas city sheeple, here is the deal the average life expectancy for a male is 75, the descendant to 911 will be just as dead as Hitler in the next few years so stop sweating this prick.

Anonymous said...

Love his insight.
im a fan!

KC Star sucks said...

Fael, like the Dead Star, is history. Nobody reads the Star. I have not bought in 10 years. Abrakadabra can kiss my ass.

Anonymous said...

Slow nighr on TKC, the beaner must be sucking off KJ somewhere.

Anonymous said...

Cracker.net can't stop about suckin' dick..

Anonymous said...

That paper is so skinny now that it is almost anorexic. It likes to pring what was in the NY Times about 3 days ago.
It has slashed local news coverage, which had always been microscopic anyway.
Well, it couldn't happen to a better paper. I remember the days when if it didn't happen along the Ward Parkway corridor or downtown, it just didn't happen. Just try to get coverage for communities in Johnson, Wyandotte, Clay or Platt Counties. In fact, Independence was "the boondocks". Well, people go used to getting their local news elsewhere, and the Star just never adjusted.
You are right about the WSJ. If you communicate information that people need or want, they will buy your paper. If you are serving leftovers, well not so much.

Chad Creamer, Star subscriber said...

I thought Janae'nae's column about that Pharrell song was a pretty great column a while back.

Anonymous said...

Its not only him its Mary and Lewis.

People are tired of the same old rhetoric in the opinion. The selective coverage of news, etc.

Anonymous said...

I cancelled my lifelong subscription to the star several years ago because of Abouhalkah and Diuguid. I really enjoyed sitting on my front porch in the morning reading the newspaper and drinking coffee. Those two and others turned the newspaper into a political propaganda rag and it's a shame.

Anonymous said...

If Yael is "uncomfortable" about reporting on niggers, boy, is he in the wrong town!!

Anonymous said...

he is such a lisping homo

Anonymous said...

Helling sure has packed on the pounds since leaving tv

Anonymous said...

Why do people in the mid-west wait until a business has fallen so far down the rabbit hole before making changes? Yael, Helling and editorial staff want to keep their jobs, so they do as their told. The people keeping the printing presses moving, benefit from this rag. Follow the money.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations. This is dumbest thought you've ever had, Tony.

You're unable to distinguish between fact and opinion.

Anonymous said...

The Star's editorial staff is an echo chamber that produces predictable commentary. With that said Yael is far from the problem. The editorial staff needs a conservative voice to challenge the Star's often party line. One side does not have all the answers.

Anonymous said...

Chad Creamer @ 12:26 is GENIUS!
Gave me a chuckle.

Anonymous said...

I used to love reading both the Times and Star. I don't waste my time or money on the Star, and haven't for years; there is nothing in it. I can pick up more news at the grocery store.