In the precious few moments before Kansas City hits a homicide record, we want to share an brief but important insight into how local media has reported this devastating violence.
Most local news outlets check with KCPD numbers in order to document the tragic count. This practice offers independent verification because those numbers are submitted to the FBI at the end of the year.
However . . .
IN A BRAZEN MOVE THE KANSAS CITY STAR DISPUTES POLICE NUMBERS AND HAS ESTABLISHED THEIR OWN HOMICIDE COUNT THAT DOCUMENTS OFFICER-RELATED 'JUSTIFIED' SHOOTINGS AS PART OF THEIR NUMBERS!!!
The newspaper declared a record breaking homicide number last week and neither their subscribers or the public followed along.
In an era when the partisan debate fights over "facts vs. feelings" we can only argue that the Star's judgement is not open to independent review and is not documented by any government agency. The decision and data is simply granted to editors alone.
More importantly, every other news outlet in Kansas City deserves credit for siding with OFFICIAL numbers that are recorded by numerous law enforcement agencies rather than relying on dead-tree "journalists" with no accountability to the public.
To be fair, the we can infer some push back from the public if declining subscriber, advertiser and circulation numbers are taken into account.
Facts matter and what we've noticed is the declining influence of the Star's in part because of their inaccurate accounting of crucial stats that report his town's historic rate of killing.
You decide . . .