Last night Downtown and Midtown residents were encouraged to retreat to their soggy basements because of a weather event nearly 50 miles away.
This morning mainstream journalists and public safety officials are backpedaling and hoping their old school viewing audiences accept that danger from trash floating in the air was important enough to delay the latest episode of NCIS.
Bottom line . . .
Journalists often preach that REAL NEWS is supposed to accurately reflect the issues and challenges confronting the community covered by media professionals. And while TV news often gets away with storm sensationalism by using the shady excuse that their "TV VIEWING AREA" is impacted . . . The reality is that local population centers were not in much danger from tornado warnings whilst barn destruction topped news broadcasts last night.
In a digital world where "the algorithm" can be refined to bring everybody with a mobile phone a highly customized "DAILY ME" -- Asking anyone to think about the big picture is a tough sell.
Meanwhile in KCMO, there was a deadly youngster gun fight, continued debate among the mayoral candidates and all of the low-rent politicos running for council IN ADDITION TO continued infrastructure neglect along with potholes that still haven't been filled despite promises.
And so we ask . . .
DID THE MEDIA AND LOCAL AUTHORITIES INDULGE IN DISASTER PR0N LAST NIGHT IN ORDER TO FLEX THEIR CONTROL OVER THE LOCAL POPULATION?!?!
Thankfully, this is the Midwest and flyover country culture dictates that a tornado warning is always a good time to enjoy a beverage on the front porch, make a gas station run or maybe visit a favorite box store. Possibly all three along with a marriage proposal . . .
Our favorite part of last night's social media discussion is how newbie or 20-nothing locals encouraged their neighbors to run and hide whilst longtime KCMO locals know that the news is notoriously panicky and wrong during Springtime and the rest of the year . . .
None of this is to say that there wasn't a serious weather danger for folks in the stix and on the outside edge of town . . .
However, in a metro area and nation so hopelessly divided . . . Finding commonality even in the midst of local tragedy is becoming increasingly problematic.
Accordingly, after the jump we've CHRONICLED TORNADO NEWS THAT MOSTLY CONCERNED FOLKS 50-MILES OUTSIDE OF TOWN so that we might all garner a bit more information not only on the disaster but also for use as a gauge local MSM hyperbole and storytelling amid the era of Internets push back . . .
KCI TORNADO AFTERMATH FEAR!!!
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - KCI had to close the airport for a couple of hours Tuesday night after debris from severe storms littered the runway. The airport reopened a little after midnight once crews were able to clear the runways and they were deemed safe.
Kansas City Fears Flying Junk?!?!
Tuesday night's storm carried a large rotation and very strong winds.At times, on radar, the rotation from the tornado measured at more than a mile wide.
Airport Lock Down Last Night
Hide Transcript Show Transcript AIRPORT TO MAKE SURE PEOPLE WERE SAFE TONIGHT. STEV: A LOT OF ACTION AT KCI. IT HAS BEEN A COUPLE OF HOURS AND SAFEWAY HAS LEFT. A LONG LINE OF PEOPLE TRYING TO GET REBOOKED.
Just The Tip
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV/AP) - A vicious storm tore through the Kansas City area, spawning tornadoes that downed trees and power lines, damaged homes and injured at least a dozen people in the latest barrage of severe weather. The storms in Kansas City Tuesday were the 12th straight day that at least eight tornadoes were reported to the National Weather Service.
Foot Fetish Weather Journalism
"We had just talked about the last thing that people don't think about during a storm is having shoes on in case of having to walk through it. So I went over a...
More Deets On Airport Scare
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Tornadoes that moved through the Kansas City area Tuesday night picked up debris and dropped it nearly 50 miles away at Kansas City International Airport forcing crews to temporarily shut down the airfield and runways. "A tornado destroyed homes and businesses miles away and debris rained down onto the airport.
Newsies Note "Near" As In 50 Miles Away
At least 12 people were injured in a massive rain-wrapped tornado that touched down on the western edge of Kansas City, Kansas, on Tuesday. The large and dangerous twister hit just outside of Lawrence, ripped through Pleasant Grove, Bonner Springs and Linwood, in what has become a brutal stretch of severe weather across the central and southern plains that has left chaos and destruction in its wake.
Important Hand Up For Those Who Need More Than Local Television Ratings Boost
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) - Advance teams from Heart-to-Heart International were deployed Tuesday night to access damage and determine needs following a round of tornadoes in the Kansas City area. According to the charity, teams have already gone out to Douglas County where there was extensive damage, especially in the Linwood area.
Kleenex At Command Central
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Emergency management workers in the metro monitored severe weather at the Emergency Operations Center closely on Tuesday. Managers used radar and cameras across the metro to keep people safe and weather aware as storms that included tornadoes pushed west to east through the metro in the evening.
Prez Trump Saves Kansas?!?!
President Donald Trump has granted a request from Governor Laura Kelly for an emergency federal disaster declaration for 18 Kansas counties affected by severe weather, heavy rains and flooding that currently is impacting the state. The president's assistance is for the counties of Anderson, Butler, Chautauqua, Cherokee, Coffey, Cowley, Crawford, Elk, Franklin, Greenwood, Harvey, Montgomery, Neosho, Osage, Reno, Sumner, Wilson, and Woodson.
National News Hot Take
Parts of a city in Kansas was ripped apart by tornadoes overnight on Tuesday, with severe weather continuing to hammer the Midwest. According to the Associated Press, "one or more tornadoes" took down trees and power lines, damaged homes and injured at least 12 people.
Barn Destruction Documented
KEARNEY, MO (KCTV) -- A couple miles east of I-35 about half way between 92 Highway and 69 Highway, a friend of the couple who lives in a house said a neighbor down the road lost two barns, another had some home damage, and trees are down all over.
Drone Pix And Weather Terms
Areas of Lawrence, Linwood impacted by wedge tornado
You decide . . .