In his latest newsletter to patrons of local public radio, Steve Krakse seemingly attempts to prove that he's the worst journalist in Kansas City.
To wit . . .
AMID ALL OF THE WORLD'S SUFFERING, KRAKE PLEADS FOR PRICEY TOW TRUCK CLEMENCY FOR HIS ADULT SON!!!
It's kinda sweet. My parents have bailed me out of seemingly INFINITE car problems.
But it's not news.
Even as a throwaway social media post, the story isn't worth sharing with strangers.
Moreover . . .
DURING THIS SORDID TALE, KRASKE INADVERTENTLY REVEALS HIS FAMILY MIGHT BE ONE OF THE MOST ENTITLED IN THE KANSAS CITY METRO!!!
People get towed all the time.
One of our KICK-ASS readers reminds us . . .
"The cops tow your car when it's a danger to other people. How does a big-time political columnist possibly use this common occurrence for his newsletter?"
In fairness, here's Kraske's side of the story . . .
My son was parked illegally. No doubt about it.
Michael lives in one of the Mac Properties apartments near Gilham and Armour. The neighborhood is dense with apartments, and residents vie to park on the street instead of paying extra for a reserved spot.
One day, Michael parked at the end of a block with his car partly blocking a sidewalk. Street parking is so limited that residents often park in the same place. I’ve seen their cars when I visit.
But as I said, he parked illegally . . .
Listen, I get rules. But this was nuts, especially because the situation never would’ve happened had your friendly police department simply left a note on the windshield saying the next time you park here, we’re towing this sucker.
That, apparently, isn’t an option. A police spokeswoman told me the department doesn’t issue warnings.
What you have here, then, is another way our city profits off middle- and lower-income residents who are the ones living in Mac apartments. Well-to-do folks living at 53rd and Wornall don’t need to park in the street. People at Armour and Gilham do.
One last hit . . .
IN A CITY WITH A RECORD HOMICIDE RATE, RAMPANT RACIAL AND POLITICAL DISCORD, A BUDGET CRISIS AND CRUMBLING INFRASTRUCTURE . . . KRASKE'S NAVEL-GAZING SPITS IN THE FACE OF EVERY JOURNALIST, WRITER, BLOGGER AND READER IN KANSAS CITY!!!
And this dude TEACHES NextGen reporters at the city college.
They might want to ask for a refund if this is the level of skill demonstrated by their professor.
Nothing about the screed is fun, captivating or worth mentioning. TKC has posted stories about puppies and other doggy-style tidbits that have more redeeming journalistic value to the discourse than Kraske's parking problem polemic.
The claim over alleged injustice is cringe-worthy and only serves to demonstrate that the leaders of the mainstream Kansas City media have completely lost their edge and live inside a bubble that is impenetrable to real world problems.
You decide . . .