The newspaper seems to have given up reporting on Kansas City current events and instead seems dedicated to spending most of their quickly dwindling resources documenting their own newsroom trivia . . . Very much like an amateur blogger.
To wit . . .
SUNDAY KANSAS CITY STAR NAVEL-GAZING: NEWSPAPER REPORTS ON RICH WHITE DUDE DEAD MORE THAN 100 YEARS!!!
This is what happens when printing is moved out of town and the so-called paper-of-record is now run by a handful of people who pay far too much attention to Anderson Cooper.
While it earned the newspaper some weekend pay cable coverage, this effort mimics their recent "apology" to Black people that was largely rejected.
And so, now the dead-tree outlet continues to mine its history and share stories that only resonate with former staffers and a handful of cowtown history buffs.
Check-it . . .
Deets . . .
“The Kansas City Star has stripped from its pages and website the name, words and image that recognized its first publisher and founder, William Rockhill Nelson . . .
It became really obvious that we needed to make a change,” said Colleen McCain Nelson, vice president and editorial page editor for The Star. “We hold him up as a beacon of sorts. And it felt like we were hitting a wrong note by continuing to do that when we had just reported how he contributed to racism in Kansas City.”
Last year, The Star’s editorial board called for the renaming of J.C. Nichols memorial fountain and J.C. Nichols Parkway near the Country Club Plaza as city leaders reckoned with the developer’s role in sowing racial division across the city. The board also urged the Super Bowl-winning Kansas City Chiefs to reconsider the use of Native American symbols and the team’s name.
“We continue to wrestle with these questions in real time,” said Nelson, no relation to the founder. “Obviously, we can’t erase history and change the fact that he is our founder. Nor are we trying to.”
You decide . . .