Thursday, December 26, 2019
TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! INSIDER: KANSAS CITY STAR ATTACKS POLICE BY REPORTING INACCURATE 2019 HOMICIDE COUNT!!!
As the Kansas City Star struggles to maintain their circulation, the dead-tree-media institution has turned their so-called "journalism" into social justice advocacy and now refuse to provide the public with accurate numbers related to the KCMO homicide count.
To wit . . .
KANSAS CITY INSIDERS BLAST THE STAR FOR MISREPRESENTING THE 2019 HOMICIDE COUNT WHICH CALCULATES POLICE AMONG THE KILLERS!!!
Here's the word among KICK-ASS INSIDERS ASKING OUR TKC BLOG COMMUNITY FOR HELP in this struggle for the municipal narrative on the topic of violent crime or at least an explanation of newspaper talking points . . .
"TKC, just wanted you to know that The Kansas City Star has decided to take advice from community activists and now lists officer-involved shootings among the number of local murders. These shootings are not being contested legally and police have been cleared. Essentially, the police shootings have been ruled justifiable homicide which is not documented as murder under the Unified Crime Reporting standards mandated by the FBI and followed by KCPD. I'm not saying that Kansas City still isn't a very violent place and there's a need to work to curb the murder rate. But readers should know that the Star is inventing their own numbers and not following federally mandated standards for crime reporting."
TKC journalism in action: We asked a Kansas City Star reporter about this note and how the newspaper documented KCMO killing. Here's the quote we got back on the social media record and screen capped if deleted:
"The Star includes fatal police shootings in our homicide count so our number sits higher than KCPD’s and other media"
Over the years we've investigated how homicide is calculated and, credit where it's due, the KCPD provides excellent resources to the community in their daily homicide report -- The blue sheet.
Moreover, in the latest police shooting that The Star is counting as a murder -- KCPD has been cleared by prosecutors and no charges will be filed.
And again, this is what we're hearing from some law enforcement supporters:
BY MISCOUNTING THE HOMICIDE NUMBERS AND INCLUDING DEADLY OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTINGS THAT HAVE BEEN CLEARED: THE KANSAS CITY STAR ACCUSES COPS OF MURDER!!!
Don't get it twisted, TKC has argued with P.I.O.'s about this number in the past and the FBI count does in fact represent a tougher standard for murder totals but, like it or not, IT'S THE BEST DATA WE'VE GOT AND IS UNIFORM FOR ALL CITIES ACROSS THE NATION.
Even worse, the Star's miscounting is influencing other, weaker media and the political elite.
Recently, Mayor Quinton Lucas used the Star's number to include deadly police shootings in the local murder count and confused a great many of his social media followers.
And so we put the question to our blog community . . .
SHOULD THE PUBLIC TRUST INFO FROM KANSAS CITY STAR OR SUPPORT THE DATA PROVIDED BY KCPD?!?!
This is literally a question of life or death and a struggle for locals to determine their trust in the newspaper as circulation numbers and dead-tree influence declines.
You decide . . .