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.
"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 . . . "
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.