Saturday, July 09, 2016

TKC SATURDAY NIGHT PLAYLIST!!! DEAD TREE MEDIA DISGRACED!!! KANSAS CITY STAR FORCED TO REMOVE AND APOLOGIZE FOR COLUMN BLAMING WOMEN FOR RAPE!!!



Kansas City's mostly pedantic debate over journalism in the digital age finally proved interesting today as the largest daily newspaper in the metro was forced to apologize for publishing a controversial column that seemed to "shame" victim's of rape.

This wasn't the most highly trafficked story via social media but rage among newsmakers and a great many influential people put the newspaper on the defensive.

Just like the good old days, Kansas City's weekly newspaper came out swinging and perfectly synthesize arguments against the screed . . .

Pitch: The Kansas City Star publishes column in defense of rape

Money Line . . .

"To the editors of the Star: What were you thinking when you signed off on this victim-blaming bullshit? "This will get a lot of clicks and comments" is not an appropriate response. This column alone is reason enough to pull the plug on Midwest Voices. A voice telling us that women shouldn't drink too much or it's their fault that they get raped isn't a voice that needs to be heard in a daily newspaper."

A few moments ago in what had to be a painful admission . . . The Star offered this . . .

KC Star Publisher Tony Berg: Rape is not the victim’s fault. Period.

Deets:

"A guest column published in The Star on Saturday has prompted a lot of reaction from the community.

The column explored the understandably sensitive issue of rape. In hindsight, it should never have been published.

We made the decision to remove it from our website based on the following indisputable facts: 1. Rape is a violent act in which the victim loses control. 2. If a person is incapacitated and someone takes advantage of them sexually, the law considers that rape and the victim is blameless . . . "
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While the removal of column was probably warranted . . . The apology might seen shallow to more strident critics, feminists and the chronically outraged given so much pious posturing about "advocacy" from daily newspaper.

In the final analysis, the editorial snafu offers another look at the fading impact of the newspaper and the continued rise of social media outrage influencing not only the nation's politics but also so-called opinion makers.

And this has inspired our playlist tonight . . .



As always, thanks for reading this week and have a safe and fun Saturday Night.

38 Comments:

Anonymous said...

Better title Tk: Facebook beats the newspaper.

Another Midtown Mom said...

I want to say this is a tempest in a teapot but political correctness is the star's stock and trade. If they're losing this audience then they don't have anything left but the seniors who take the paper out of habit. This was a major embarrassment and you're being too nice about it. The click bait proved that The Star doesn't know what it's doing and they aren't loyal to any of their readers, just their advertisers. I would like to say that I have cancelled my subscription but that was years ago..

Anonymous said...

People still read The Star? And they were outraged? That's the very reason I stopped reading it, paying for it, relying upon it or anything else. Only old people pick up The Star.

Anonymous said...

What if some women would have benefited from the advice? I guess the proponents of equal rights aren't worried about safety? That might be politically correct but it's not very wise.

Anonymous said...

Used to a a great newspaper. What a shame. Now people get all their information from their phone.

Anonymous said...

And not two fucks were given...

Anonymous said...

This wasn't any more ridiculous and out of kilter than most of the crap that Osterheldt and Sanchez regularly write, just at other far end of the political spectrum from which the Star views every issue.
But it's hard to expect much more from a rapidly fading losing business with an advertising guy as a publisher and a total of TWO people on the editorial board.
The sell-by date is long past.
Time for the Star to go viral with cat videos.
Think of all the hits!

Anonymous said...

Fuck you you ass wipe of an after thought of shame and puke from a bad taste of yesterday....I am old an raped by white Nazi red neck backward basterds and nobody heard or saw a thing, get over it....it's the past...maybe you made it up for attention....bite marks and all. Handprints of strangulation covered by cheap drug store make up. Pretend that nothing happened. Choke marks all on your neck for
weeks...

Anonymous said...

All this hatred toward one another. And we wonder why there is so much violence. wow, wow!

Anonymous said...

The Star gets most of its business from hotels who give their patrons the local paper.They've lost regular people as their customers.

Anonymous said...

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LMAO! They actually pay people for these forecasts?

Anonymous said...

Seems like about the only thing that keeps the folks at the Star going is the publicity they get here and from that silly ass public tv charade.

Anonymous said...

They are like Winston Smiths at the Star.

They tweak news to fit big brother Sly's agenda

Anonymous said...

Good songs for once. Thanks T.

Anonymous said...

The Star's apology rings hollow. IF they would have been minding the store they would have never published such garbage. A real shame that they insulted every woman reader they ever had.

Anonymous said...

Where does that column fall into the "free speech" bucket? I don't agree with it but it seems the outrage centers on "it should not be allowed to be seen." So the author's views, regardless of one's opinion of them, don't have a right to be expressed? Yet we defend Cum Guy and every N-word blowhard here (as we should) regardless of whether we share their view. The Pitch was wrong but within their right to call for its removal. The Star was wrong and weak for taking it down. They should have left it up and let their fleet of leftist feminists rip into it. This country is divided and effed not because we differ in opinion but because those opinions are never discussed and allowed to grow or wither under the light of truth.

Anonymous said...

^^^^^^
100% agree.

The Star looks weak in the waffling.

Why didn't the publisher just leave a comment condemning the article? It seems to me that this is the sign the paper has very little confidence in itself anymore, they have stopped being a leader in the community and now just deliver party lines. There are at least three other organizations in KC doing better reporting.

Anonymous said...

Pitch nailed it. It's just all about clicks for them. Their site is filled with adware and some of the worst pop-ups I've ever seen.

Anonymous said...

This rag of a paper has been cutting its own throat for at least 10 years, this is just another example.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Justin Kendall, writing for The Pitch, is like a dog chasing after a car in traffic. For some reason, his instinct was triggered to attack, and he hadn't the sense to use his reasoning ability to distinguish between a true threat, and a car which backfired!

Kendall's outrage is misplaced for anyone simply reading the original writer's comments.

"Women can take action to prevent rapes"
True or false? True

She starts with a disclaimer: "I empathize with women who have been raped." She adds: "I would also like to remind men that 'no means no' (and if someone is too drunk to say no, then no is implied); that no matter what a woman wears or does, she isn’t 'asking for it."
Anything controversial with this statement? Answer is no.

Ms. Herrick writes: I saw a quote on Facebook, "When a woman drinks too much she expects to wake up the next day hung over, not raped." I agree.
Anything wrong with this statement? Answer is no.

She continues, "But as women, shouldn’t we take responsibility for our bodies by not becoming so intoxicated that we don’t know what is happening? Every woman should know her drink limit and stop there. No, she’s not asking to be raped by being drunk. But isn’t it her responsibility to reduce the risk by not getting to that point?"
Anything particularly objectionable in a person stressing the importance of personal responsibility? Answer is no.

While we know neither Ms. Herrick, nor Mr. Kendall, based upon their written statements alone, we find Mr. Justin Kendall to be guilty of exactly what he accused the Star editors of, namely---"This will get a lot of clicks and comments."

Next week if I write a column on personal property safety tips, and strongly encourage readers to take personal responsibility by locking their vehicles and homes to prevent theft and vandalism, perhaps Mr. Kendall can provide a rebuttal with claims that I'm blaming the property owner.

Anonymous said...

The only people who seemed offended were other members of the media, plus Jezebel (offended by everything).

Anonymous said...

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Garol Equidik said...

Politically correct is another name for Government-Propaganda, which of course the Kansas City Star is a perfect example. The Pitch's only claim to 'fame' is running down the Kansas City Star and advertising Foutons. The American people(95-97% of them), are the type of people who make an issue out of such trivial, meaningless, nauseating, shallow, inane, idiotic, topics while the government of their country has killed sixty million people since the end of WWII as a result of it's foreign policy, and as we speak, is the enforcement arm of a global cabal, that is oppressing, impoverishing, and murdering, Americans, as well as the peoples of the world, by design, while they whole-heartdly embrace the tyranny of their own destruction.

Anonymous said...

Most chicks in this city are so hard up and desperate they'll go to any length to screw anything they can get at the first opportunity.

Anonymous said...

most columns are amateurish, especially those written by professionals. who wants to read yokels' opinions on national issues?

plus some of the columnists appear touched.




Anonymous said...

Only YES means yes!

Anonymous said...

^^^ Yes!

Anonymous said...

The Star ceased to be a newspaper years ago. Worrying about what the Star says is like worrying about what the Flat Earth Society or Sarah Palin says.

Anonymous said...

The PC police are upset about a guest writer's opinion about rape, while they support for President an enabler of a serial attacker ( who has preyed on underage age girls with his billionaire pedophile buddy)? Oh, I forgot - Laws are only for Little People.

Anonymous said...

Which means back to the same boring columns: Duguid (whiteys fault) Yael ( Brownback's fault) Sanchez ( men's fault) Osterheldt ( I love fizzy cocktails). Where's the diversity? Where's the diversity!

Anonymous said...

They were trying to appeal to their new Syrian refugee and Westside Baptist readership. The pro-rape demographic.

Bob said...

"Where's the diversity?" You don't understand. To a liberal, "diversity" is where the people look different but think alike.

Black Lives Don't Matter said...

When bitches be walkin around wif dey tits, pussy, an ass hangin out dey be signaling- fuck my holes....i mor than happy to oblize this bitches if dey want it or not!

Anonymous said...

The sad thing about the decline of the Star is that some only get their information from websites that devolve into cesspools the way this thread has gone. Sane people have to work much harder to get "news" and other list to folk like the extremists here,

Anonymous said...

^^^^ but your here getting the news so that's anot endorsement that the system works!

Anonymous said...

McClatchy's 1 for 10 reverse stock split.

http://www.streetinsider.com/dr/news.php?id=11650503

Anonymous said...

Did the booze lobby really get the Star! Don't never say anything bad about drinking.

Anonymous said...

Fuck women. All they are is a life support system for a vagina anyway.