Saturday, October 07, 2017
THE TKC SATURDAY NIGHT PLAYLIST: DID THE DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT AGENDA KILL JOURNALISM IN KANSAS CITY???
This is just a quick thought for Saturday night denizens of our beloved TKC Blog Community who don't have anything else to do . . .
The vast majority of news regarding journalism is nothing but navel gazing and very much akin to writing about theater - Content targeted at only the last remaining practitioners and patrons.
Still . . . Over this week and the past few years we're seeing a pattern:
- Tax Breaks, subsidies and freebies to local news outlets have bought silence from formerly fierce Kansas City news organizations.
- Newsies who have been cut from newspapers are become corporate hacks or development tools for developers.
- Most of Kansas City is busy consuming gossip about their frenemies on Fakebook and really only has a passing interest in local government news.
And so . . .
Corruption, voter disenfranchisement and outright graft have escalated in Kansas City proper as developers, corporations and 12th & Oak realize that they now own most of the "journalists" in Kansas City.
This isn't just a newspaper phenomena either considering that City Hall hired a former journalist in order to create fake news updates pushing propaganda from Mayor Sly's administration.
The bright side is that there are still a great many independent voices out there like including but not limited to SaveKCI, CFRG, SmartKC, Northeast News and even some of the more feisty denizens of our not-so-humble blog community.
Still . . .
The fact remains that in Kansas City we've seen a clandestine attack on 1st Amendment rights by way of petty corporate bribery and this trend should shed light on so many "progressive" hypocrites when they feign shock against Prez Trump at odds with the national news.
Again, just something to think about as we gather more information to share along with some of our favorite songs for tonight . . . .
As always, thanks for reading this week and have a safe and fun Saturday night.