Today, local legacy media engaged in a fascinating conversation with a rising star activist our blog community noticed months ago.
Let's make it plain: Critics might disagree with Ms. Shaw's politics but there is no denying her bravery. Whilst most of the nation hunkers down behind keyboards to expresses various levels of outrage about the current state of American politics whilst ordering UberEats and lining up pr0n videos for later enjoyment . . . Ms. Shaw is fearless in her street level constitutionally protected activism. Her fiery rhetoric has inspired local progressives across demographic lines and her following of social media loyalists rivals that of any cowtown celebrity propped up by legacy news outlets.
Haters and trolls send nothing but veiled & overt threats her way but there is absolutely NOBODY willing to debate her political opinions in a professional manner.
And whilst the public might crave an honest exchange of ideas with Ms. Shaw, this afternoon a journalism professor mostly fawned over the upstart local protest leader in a softball interview that might as well have ended with an autograph.
Take a listen . . .
"She discussed her background and motives for helping lead recent Kansas City demonstrations over the Kentucky attorney general's announcement that none of the officers involved in the killing of Breonna Taylor would be charged with her death."
Again, this profile interview was mostly devoid of any tough questions . . .
If anything, we thought Professor Kraske was going to ask to hold her megaphone or take her bulletproof vest to the dry cleaners.
Again, TKC doesn't have a side in this fight because Latinos have largely been forgotten in this election even if they're likely to help decide the outcome under the radar - As always.
Nevertheless, whilst ignoring reactionary hateration from drunk uncles, more serious questions have emerged for Ms. Shaw . . . Like this one . . .
HOW CAN AN OFFICER OF THE COURT REPEATEDLY LEAD AND PARTICIPATE IN PROTESTS THAT RESULT IN ARRESTS & CLASHES WITH POLICE?!?
Last night's protest was a perfect example of this phenomenon as police captured about a dozen protesters whilst media played down the ruckus inside the loop as "mostly peaceful" for audience that seem weary of continued American civil unrest.
Again, there is no doubt that Ms. Shaw "knows the law" and she's more than capable of answering this question with her usual flair . . . The problem here is that local media seems too scared to ask her any critical questions about her controversial tactics. The reality is that this attorney is exceptionally courageous but, sadly, her progressive fan base would rather offer empty pleasantries than realize the very real risks confronted by this local attorney.
Developing . . .