Monday, February 13, 2017

TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! KANSAS CITY ALTERNATIVE WEEKLY CUTBACKS CONTINUE: PITCH MOVES TO MONTHLY PUBLISHING SCHEDULE!!!



Our favorite Kansas City newspaper in the whole wide world is cutting back its publishing schedule but still remains defiant and AWESOME.

Here's the scoop:

TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! OUR BLOG COMMUNITY WARNED THAT THE PITCH IS MOVING TO A MONTHLY PUBLISHING SCHEDULE AND JUST NOW EDITOR SCOTT WILSON CONFIRMED THE DRASTIC CUTBACK!!!

We've been pestering the very good people at The Pitch since Friday and they finally returned our messages via e-mail . . . Which was nice and actually very forthright . . .

TKC: Is The Pitch moving to a monthly publishing schedule?

Pitch Editor Scott Wilson: "Yes, our first monthly issue comes out in April."

Another question that has been coming from our blog community for quite a while . . .

We've been getting TONS of complaints about Barb Shelly's columns. Personally, I think she is a talented writer and her stuff is captivating BUT her columns are very mainstream liberal/progressive content - Which is fine, but obviously, a bit of a pivot from more classic Pitch fare that focused on snark rather than pure op/ed.

TKC question: What is your reaction to SOME negative feedback about the new partisan direction of the Pitch?

Pitch Editor: "We've always been progressive. This isn't a "pivot," as you put it, or a new direction. You said "partisan"; I didn't and wouldn't."

And so, at the outset of President Trump's election . . . The Pitch threw up a provocative cover that we thought was focused on the state of the nation . . . Now it seems the international symbol of distress might have more to do with the fate of this publication.



The KICK-ASS KANSAS CITY INSIDERS who warned us of this move should get a say . . .

"The Pitch moving to a monthly schedule makes them just a magazine. They were a newspaper and one of the best in Kansas City. I love the Pitch and it's sad to see them slowly declining . . . But if they're going monthly. Why bother?"

Don't get it twisted . . .

The Pitch has served as a vital source of journalism in Kansas City for more than a generation. Just recently, their story on Missouri corrections brought down a public official and helped to create a conversation about Show-Me State prison reform. But rather than opine about glory days or even lament the fact that they have have parted ways with some of their most beloved journalists. We're bringing the NEWS FIRST for our blog community and reporting a very real cutback currently underway from this beloved institution.

Developing . . .

36 Comments:

Anonymous said...

Damn shame. They really are fun but I guess all small time ads can't keep it afloat. The real tell was the Independence Square ads. Lots of story behind that one TKC.

JimBrodi said...

Very sad day for Kansas City journalism. They will pick up a lot of spring time ads but the reality is that most of the local advertising is just moving to Facebook and nothing else. The dummy interface is what is killing local publications across the country.

Anonymous said...

Really surprised they never asked you to write a column Tony. That was part of their undoing. Do they hire anybody but hipsters at all?

CodyKC said...

Hey now! Kansas City NEEDS a hipster paper!

Anonymous said...

Hipsters want everything free. Barb Shelly was the worst. She had one focus Gov. Brownback. Used to like Pitch, them allowing Barb to continue her losing rant. Was the end of me reading the Pitch.

Anonymous said...

^^^^^Totally disagree. Barb has made the Pitch better. Even if you disagree with her, there ARE other writers.

Sorry to see the Pitch go monthly, but they lost a lot of class when Charles Ferruzza left or was let go. I used to read the Pitch because of his witty reviews. Also Dan Savage's column is sometimes a lot of fun--especially the one from last week.

Anonymous said...

What ever happened to the in depth investigative reporting at the Pitch? They used to have some great articles on the crooks in Wyandotte County. They're still here and getting away with too much because the backroom deals are not exposed. So let's get back on track Pitch and kick their corrupt asses.

Anonymous said...

Hopefully, the Pitch will continue to expose political corruption in KC, Jackson County and Missouri. Star has no interest in exposing corruption that might jeopardize their tax breaks. Killa City corruption and unwillingness to address real issues of crime and decay is directly related to high crime and murder rates. Jackson County unwillingness to prosecute repeat arsonists leads to Firefighter deaths. Missouri corruption of Nixon and gang led to Ferguson disaster. Nixon administration corruption has caused pollution of waterways and the effects may not be felt for years. Meanwhile, back at the Star, Helling, Kraske and Sanchez continue to promote City Hall's agenda, adore Sly and advocate for criminal illegals.

Anonymous said...

they lost their originality with the retreads writing cut-and-paste conventional stuff.

Anonymous said...

Hillary is back, for 2020!

Claire will run in 2018.

It will stay losing.

Anonymous said...

I think they could make a monthly work, however they probably should try to get some sort of subscriber base and focus on the entire state or maybe a region. There is a huge need for quality investigative journalism and people who are dissatisfied with the way Trump and his ilk are positioning real journalists as liars.

Anonymous said...

'Trump and his ilk' have little work to do there. Not only has the legacy media become obsolete, it's become a transparent antiTrump propaganda organ. The constant, shrill panic and outrage over every syllable Trump utters has long past reached its saturation point with the public. Even if Wikileaks had not conclusively shown collusion, the MSM has a long way to go to gain back the trust of the people.

Anonymous said...

^^^^
What about Trump's shrill ranting & tweets? You can almost hear the screaming reading his text. Soon the public will be over-saturated with that.

Anonymous said...

And that sir is how you create alternative facts...

Anonymous said...

I wonder if the INK rag will do the same? Although they get free printing at the Star so that's a big advantage for them.

Anonymous said...

Eh. The MSM makes it too easy for him. He runs rings around them, and he doesn't need them. His twitter is hilarious mostly because it upsets the precious sensibilities of the media culture--not that it takes much. They are fumbling to discover their mission in working with a truly media savvy Prez.

Anonymous said...

What's funny is how quickly the 'fake news' meme rose and fell once it was shown how widespread 'fake news' was. We'll see if the 'alternative facts' version sticks.

But this is irrelevant. Anyone can see the open war between Trump and the media/entertainment culture. They ought to rename SNL "Weekly Trump Hate."

Anonymous said...

Fake news, alternative facts whatever you call it is fine by me. Once a big part of a party's base believes Alex jokes and THE Donald himself appears on his show that sir is Fake news and complete bat shit. I

Anonymous said...

Take a look at Sentinelksmo.org. A new news outlet, also what'supkansascity.net

Anonymous said...

Another one bites the dust!

people turning their back on liberal media preaching and whining

predict we'll see the KC Star to go all digital soon

Anonymous said...

The future is genuine and useful news.


Everyone else will perish.

Anonymous said...

Developing....

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Authorities are investigating after someone threw a rock and broke a Street Car window.

It happened about 1:20 p.m. Monday near 3rd Street and Wyandotte Street.

Officers say someone threw a rock that broke one of the Street Car's windows.

Officials say the car will have to be taken out of service and a backup car will replace it.

Anonymous said...

Garbage. Stopped reading Pitch over 20 years ago. Print media is dead.

Anonymous said...

Look, attacking the voters never works. It might be comforting to you to insult them or shame them, but that doesn't win you one more vote--in fact, it entrenches those who feel unfairly characterized or left out of the discussion.

Until the left/MSM finds something to say to the voters they despise, the left/MSM will continue to be in freefall as they are now.

Anonymous said...

The Pitch is only publishing once a month? Damn, I'm gonna have to find some new ass wipe and the Snowflakes could be offing themselves over this news. I guess that makes ass wipe shortage worth it.

Anonymous said...

Jesus Christ...

"Print is dead"
"Hipster snowflakes"
"I wipe my ass with left leaning newspapers instead of toilet paper for some reason"

Find some new insults and grow a spine. The Pitch offends you because it is a progressive newspaper? Then don't fucking read it. Simple as that. I swear, you people are the same nimrods who get offended by rainbow flags and Beyonce songs.

Anonymous said...

Why pay for news? (Garbage)


LMAO!

Anonymous said...

Grrr! Snowflake angry! Snowflake in need of safe space!!

If you don't like criticism, or if it triggers you, don't fucking read it. Simple as that. :)

Anonymous said...

Hey you should call McClatchy again and see if SOMETIME LATER THIS YEAR THE STAR WILL STOP PUBLISHING AS MANY AS THREE OF THEIR DAILY EDITIONS!!!

That year being 2009.

http://www.tonyskansascity.com/2009/01/tkc-exclusive-kansas-city-newspapers.html

Yeah follow up on that and let us know ok little man?

Jacknowledge said...

What is the Star? I get ALL my news from Twitter!

Anonymous said...

It's a newspaper Tony said eight years ago was going to stop publishing three of its daily editions.

As it turns out he made the whole thing up.

Anonymous said...

You've been reading Tony for eight years?

I'm sorry for your life wildman! You should get out more, you're a good person and you deserve to be happy. Don't deny yourself that. Look on the bright side. Maybe you can get your own blog one day!

Anonymous said...

Love the Pitch.

Hope they can keep up the good work. Really want to see them survive.

Anonymous said...

The Pitch is fag and snowflake bait.

Anonymous said...

It is ass wipe, but I do enjoy such a class paper providing the hooker and lonely hearts adds while I'm scarfing down at the Chinese buffet.

Anonymous said...

Hey dipshits 2:45 and 2:56 - we AREN'T reading the Pitch, and there aren't enough Progressives like you two that are - that's why the Pitch is going broke.