TKC BREAKING NEWS!!! JACKSON COUNTY LEGISLATURE INVESTIGATING SHERIFF FORTÉ ALLEGED 'VEILED THREATS' AGAINST KANSAS CITY STAR!!!



Behind the scenes there's more scrutiny of a controversial comment from the top law man at the Jackson County Courthouse directed against newspaper workers.

Just a bit of insight into the sausage-making of local media . . .

A FEW MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATURE WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE ROUGH EXCHANGE BETWIXT THE NEW SHERIFF AND DEAD-TREE NEWSIES!!!

The relevant passage buried in an an otherwise unremarkable story about the continued jail crisis from old school newsie Mike Hendricks . . .



What KC Star newsies perceive as a threat: 

“By the way your story on County Executive Frank White Jr. was trash. Remember what goes around comes around! What skeletons might you have in your closet? Stay tuned, stay safe and enjoy the evening.”

When informed that The Star would be publishing that remark, he responded:

“Great! I give you permission as well as encourage you to quote what you perceive to be a threat. My intent is not to threaten, my intent is to educate. I’ll continue to educate you at every opportunity.” Then he suggested that the reporter be fired for biased reporting.

In defense of his colleague, newsie Steve Vockrodt took to Twitter and noted:



"Not a great look for a sheriff to reply to a reporter's queries with veiled threats."

And so we ask our blog community . . .

DID THE JACKSON COUNTY SHERIFF THREATEN KANSAS CITY STAR REPORTERS OR ARE THEY BEING TOO SENSITIVE AND TRYING TO MANUFACTURE A STORY?!?!

What we do know is that the exchange reveals the Sheriff is having a rough time adjusting to his new career as a politician and elected official rather than just a lawman.

Nevertheless, the questions are serious given that any alleged misuse of power can be addressed by the Legislature with a broad range of sanctions. Insiders also advised TKC that the consideration of the remarks can also work to clear the new Sheriff of any perceived wrongdoing and offer guidance for his office in future interactions with the media that might prove more effective than firing off questionable e-mails.

The issue is important and newsworthy for voters and taxpayers as the debate threatens to take up time and resources at the Courthouse which struggles just to stay open following water main break FAIL.

Developing . . .

Comments

  1. And once again, the ultimate diversity hire shows how absolutely unsuitable he is for any leadership position.

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  2. Not acceptable. Glad the Legislature will be asking about this, at the very least he should be warned.

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  3. Btw, that story about the jail was actually very good. There is a few hundred million at stake so it's important for voters to understand what happening on that issue.

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  4. Forte threatened all his subordinates at kcmo, they challenged his stupidity and he threatened to remove them from the gravy train. He’s a two time diversity hire without a brain, the only thing he knows anything about is riding motorcycles, which is where he’ll be for the next month so he won’t say any more completely stupid stuff to further embarrass the county.

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  5. Never like or trusted Forte since day one.

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  6. How dare Forte threaten to educate reporters. That would mean the death of journalism.

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  7. ^^^^^ +100

    Media being held accountable. Not a threat at all.

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  8. Forte just trying to hide his incompetence.

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  9. So Forte is acting as a media correctional officer now?

    LOL maybe next Mayor can create a new task force and randomly appoint people to it.

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  10. ^^^ Citizens Media Crimes Task Force!

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  11. somebody loves him he won the election careful what you wish for

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  12. Fuck the star and their shit reporters,

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  13. Good for Forte...tell off that ducking reporter.

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  14. common sense2/24/19, 11:01 AM

    A perfect example of DUMB & DUMBER.

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  15. It was a threat. Next, Forte will use the race card.

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  16. Forte was put in charge of fixing the dysfunctional jail which the previous administration failed to fix. They are just kicking the can down the road. Forte has no idea how to fix the failed jail the same as the next mayor will have a difficult time fixing the failing KCMO Slie is leaving them.

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  17. Here's a better question: Do you really think jackson county can manage a 100 million dollar construction project?

    NOPE.

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  18. 11:18 correct sir!

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  19. All the smart people knew Forte was a bad idea. Sadly there appears to be fewer smart people left in Kansas City and a lot of idiots who vote for their fellow idiots.

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  20. Wow! That'll scare Forte. The JACO Legislature is investigating!

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  21. It's about Time start investing Missouri and Kansas Corruption and bad politicians and policies. All politics are local .THE national propaganda don't sit well with the readers.

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  22. His threats are right out of his worn out playbook. The same tactics he tried to use with Kansas City, but some people shoved it up his ass. He will eventually lose all control and fall back to the next chapter of his book, calling everyone a racist. Next he starts going after people he is afraid of. He will use the community as a weapon by spreading lies and misinformation. Lastly he will go into ghost mode, hiding from everyone.

    Forte was not prepared for this job, but the party pushed him into the job anyways. Sad thing is that the party screwed Frank by doing the same thing.

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  23. Fuck Vaderot he needs to buy an iron for his shirt what a nasty looking POS.. Figures he's FAKING a story since he came from the PITCH and the STAR wants him gone anyway.

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  24. Everyone is racist, it's a white supremacist system. They may well clean up the dirty laundry with Forte now that Skippy Sanders is in prison. The jail has been mismanaged and they really got greedy when the recession began. It ties in to public works and transportation Lot's of skeletons indeed and lots of video surveillance laundry to ring out too!

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