Monday, June 03, 2019
WHY IS THE KANSAS CITY STAR COVERING 'CRACK CHICKEN' ARMED ROBBERY AND PLAYING UMKC STUDENT NEWSPAPER ONE YEAR AFTER TRAGIC SLAUGHTER?!?!
The premise of a tragic college student killing story was old news from a year ago and basically concerned some e-mails which caught the city college performing basic crisis management public relations.
Here's one of the most quizzical front pages we've seen from The Star in years . . .
UMKC pushed false narrative after student from India was killed in KC restaurant
"Sharath Koppu, a UMKC student from India, was killed while working at J’s Fish and Chicken Market. UMKC officials claim they were not aware Koppu was working there which would violate his visa status."
It might be a a captivating story but it's not news and it doesn't impact many people around the metro.
What's worse is that the paperwork newsflash glosses over the more important parts of the story like a potential hate crime trend against Indians in KC, rising danger confronting UMKC students AND worsening violence on the East Side.
But here's the question that we're asking our blog community . . .
WHY IS THE KANSAS CITY STAR TARGETING UMKC WITH A STRANGE NUMBER OF HIT PIECES LIKE THEY'RE THE KANGAROO STUDENT NEWSPAPER?!?
We can only hope the professor Kraske is fired in the midst of all of this and UMKC stops letting The Star use KCUR like its retirement supplement pension program.
We agree this is a sad story but the newspaper only discovered that, yes, UMKC has PR which should be obvious and they're entitled to try and "manage" a story in much the same way the administration of Mayor Sly James managed KC dead-tree media effectively over the past 8 years.
Please tell us if we're missing something here because this bit of college journalism isn't even as captivating as a good blog post and seems rather sophomoric.
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