Wednesday, March 05, 2008
ANOTHER TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! RUMOR HAS IT THAT FUNKHOUSER IS BLACKLISTING REPORTERS AT THE STAR!!!
So much for transparency.
Once again, it's spells disaster for print media when Kansas City's "Paper of Record" can't stand up to political pressure.
Mayor Mark Funkhouser promised better communication with the electorate but so far he has only managed to publish a blog with no comments and conduct a series of public lectures where he stands with arms crossed behind his wife.
Even worse, TKC RECENTLY LEARNED THAT MAYOR FUNKY'S OFFICE APPROACHED THE STAR AND COMPLAINED ABOUT ONE OF THEIR REPORTERS WHO WAS WRITING TOUGH STORIES ABOUT THE ADMINISTRATION AND TOLD THEM TO BACK OFF.
DISAPPOINTINGLY, THEY DID!!!
I'm not at liberty to say which reporter it was who was labeled as "radioactive" but there are a lot of journalists in town who are frustrated by this move that comes from geniuses either living in Johnson County or part of the same crew who have watched McClatchy's stock price plummet to bargain basement levels.
Sadly, all of Kansas City suffers at the hands of this kind of cowardice.
I know I talk a lot of trash about The Star but a few of their reporters are the real deal and without them Kansas City would be horribly misinformed at would have to rely on media outlets with fewer resources or even joke blogs - HEAVEN FORBID!!!
And don't write this off as some kind of blind item, the silencing of this reporter has been the subject of a lot of gossip in the circles of local journos . . . I was only privy to this information because a writer at an "alternative" media outlet finds my dopey good looks and barrio charm to be strangely enticing. Natch. Also, Kansas City media outlets are notorious for not supporting one another even when it comes to issues of free speech. Put simply, no other outlet in KC was gonna run this widely known fact so it was left to me.
Nevertheless, the bottom line here is: THE FUNKHOUSER ADMINISTRATION BASICALLY HAD A REPORTER SILENCED!!!
Without this reporter's work Kansas City would have never known about Dr. Sausage Fingers or Gloria Squitiro's barefoot stampedes through the Mayor's office.
Shame on the local media and The Star for allowing the work of a journalist to be silenced simply for doing her job.
I guess maybe silenced is a bit of hyperbole. Rumor has it that this reporter is still filing stories and blog posts but they are now held to a different standard than everyone else writing at Kansas City's main news rag . . . Also, I hear there are a number of her stories that have been blatantly killed or buried.
Now that the Mayor's top "communication" people have abandoned their dreams of a career writing words rather than propaganda they have little respect for the freedom of the press. This kind of hypocrisy doesn't surprise me given that jerks like Joe Miller support Black people in theory and then do their best to undermine minority communities in Kansas City.
But I digress . . . The point here is that if The Star has a virtual monopoly on the daily printed news then they also have a responsibility to uphold some kind of journalistic integrity . . . Especially if that's one of their attributes they constantly tout when deriding bloggers.
As for Mayor Funky and his people, their entire administration is about nothing more than broken promises and misleading talk so their move to quiet reporters doesn't surprise me . . . But I expect just a little bit more integrity from used car salesmen, hobos, sex workers and the executives at The Star.