Tuesday, October 22, 2019
TKC BLOG COMMUNITY QUESTION: DID PREZ TRUMP KILL KANSAS CITY STAR?!?
The so-called Kansas City paper-of-record is fighting for survival amid the overall decline of print media in the digital, social media era.
Remember that we noted rearranging the deck chairs and recent editorial moves last week and then retired reporters and media "experts" chimed-in with their two-cents despite the fact they haven't seen a newsroom in a decade.
Here's a quick run-down on probs confronting McClatchy, the Star's parent company:
Seeking Alpha: The company will shed about 30 positions as it consolidates some editing and management regionally.
Breitbart: Fake News Industry -- How McClatchy Uses False Stories to Attract Investment amid Financial Woes
NediaPost: McClatchy Given 18 Months To Become Compliant With NYSE Listing Standards
These links are more productive than angry, marginally employed blogger blathering as the short sellers are moving in behind the scenes and hedge funds prep to play corporate raider with the faltering stock.
But it's the newsroom foibles which entertain most Kansas City media denizens . . .
Tony Berg moving to Witchita is just kinda sad . . . It's almost as pathetic as all of the crusty former workers bringing out their old grudges against the new KC Star Prez Mike Fannin just because he doesn't wanna be their drinking buddy anymore . . .
Better than that . . . Kansas City insiders offered a great perspective on dead tree decline given their recent coverage. Here's the word . . .
"It seems like ever since (Prez) Trump, they have been printing whatever they wanted even if it's not connected to reality whatsoever. They're so desperate to fight against him that they've destroyed their own credibility in the process. And that influences their other coverage that just seems like political talking points nowadays . . ."
To be fair, all media have taken a hit in the Prez Trump era which has actually been kind to our blog community of complainers.
Here's a sampling . . .
Fox News: Lindsey Graham calls out media to their faces, says reporters want to 'get' Trump
Daily Caller: DONALD TRUMP, JR - I’m Not Taking A Civility Lesson From Media Hypocrites
Newsweek: Fox News Anchor Criticizes Donald Trump's Attacks on Journalists - 'It's a Problem'
Politico: Trump provokes outrage by calling impeachment inquiry ‘a lynching’
Hill: White House to cancel subscriptions to New York Times, Washington Post after Trump remarks
And so, tonight the question is:
HAS THE KANSAS CITY STAR BECOME WHAT THEY HATE AND TURNED INTO A BOMBASTIC PURVEYOR OF POLITICAL RHETORIC TRUMPING FACT?!?!
The bright side, either way their former workers and future firings will have plenty of time to thing about this question as the "journalism" (lulz) job market isn't EVER going to get any better.
Developing . . .