Tuesday, December 26, 2017
DISGRACE!!! DESPERATE KANSAS CITY STAR STEALS BIGGEST STORY OF 2017 FROM AWESOME TKC BLOG COMMUNITY!!!
Despite the consistent decline of McClatchy stock and continued layoffs of veteran news staff, The Kansas City Star is pushing self-promotional propaganda amid their demise.
For a holiday season laugh, here's a glimpse at dead-tree media talking points . . .
POYNTER: As editorial pages shrink, the Kansas City Star chooses to go big instead
Let's be fair first . . .
The new reporting dude at City Hall seems nice and a lot of people like him. He has to hang out at 12th & Oak all day and deal with all the constant misleading pressers that come out of the Mayor's office, so he deserves a break for a mostly thankless job. However, we notice that Lynn Horsley is still contributing to this beat and also offering some important deets.
But the solid work of reporting, staffing and metro coverage isn't the main point of this glamour piece . . .
Here's the money line:
"One of our writers found that Kansas City's mayor was getting ready to award a $1-billion — that's billion with a B — no-bid contract for airport expansion. We broke the story and then advocated for an open and competitive bid. The process was opened up and the mayor's choice finished in last place; the winning bid was $300 million lower. It wouldn't have played out that way were it not for our work."
This line is disingenuous at best.
In fact . . .
OUR TKC BLOG COMMUNITY POSTED NEARLY HALF A DOZEN STORIES ABOUT KANSAS CITY MAYOR SLY'S NO-BID BURNS & MAC DEAL BEFORE THERE WAS A PEEP FROM THE STAR!!!
Here's an even better fact check - The Star claims to have "found out" about this news item that was highly publicized across all KC metro channels . . .
KANSAS CITY STAR FAKE NEWS TOUTS REACTION TO MAYOR SLY'S PRESSER AS REPORTING!!! BUT EVEN ON THIS TOPIC THEY WERE LATE TO THE GAME AND BEHIND A SLEW OF SOCIAL MEDIA DENIZENS, THE LOCAL BLOGOPSHERE & JUST ABOUT EVERYBODY IN TOWN!!!
While this silly declaration could inspire anger or resentment, instead it actually a joyous sign.
If The Kansas City Star is hanging their hat on fake news then their situation is worse than most can imagine and 2018 looks even worse for this fading local institution.
Part-time hires and more pundits do not a newspaper make and what we've seen over the past year from The Star is that their influence over the local discourse continues to fade as the personal drama and pretty pictures of social media now dominates the minds of the NEXTGEN.
You decide . . .