Thursday, August 27, 2020
TKC MUST SEE!!! VICE NEWS INVESTIGATES POLITICAL FIGHT BETWIXT KANSAS CITY POLICE VS. BLACK LIVES MATTER!!!
Let's start this missive with a media not-so-fun fact that puts this coverage in perspective and provides context that social media denizens and MSM newsies might overlook.
This highly leveraged Internets news network is HURTING badly and might not be around for long . . .
Variety: Vice Media Lays Off 155 Employees With Deepest Cuts in Digital Group
That's not to say that VICE doesn't do great work . . . Long, long ago they were at the forefront of alternative media and ranked among the top trendsetters in the nation. Now, they're a hipster brand with flashes of brilliance and then a great deal of "woke" pablum.
Still, any and all local attention to the historic local murder rate is appreciated.
Whilst this video essay is mostly sympathetic to protesters, it provides a great deal of context and some worthwhile street level reporting along with candid moments that should make every resident of KC proper blush with both pride and angst.
Brief aside . . . As we noted -- Long, long ago . . . Vice was once the paragon of scumbag gonzo reporting and a brief stop at a crime hotspot near 39th & Main was certainly the highlight of this report . . . At the 1-minute mark an unscripted exchange amongst low rent night-owls vs. police about the relationship betwixt law enforcement and community was about as real as it gets on the Internets.
Vice: "We embedded with the Kansas City Police Department to see whether or not training can lead to real change."
Take a look:
You decide . . .