The new editor is celebrating his first year with the struggling "alt" magazine and sharing yet another mission statement.
“A real place for dirtbags,” summed up the common refrain. The tone by which it was delivered was, however, one of pride. For those that had grown-up or grown-alongside The Pitch for decades, it had been a voice for the people. A place unafraid to get down into the dirt and scrap it out. And, by extension, the sort of place that would harbor a spectrum of untethered human beings, with exactly the right blend of talent and madness to engage in such endeavours. A cabal of chaotic good. A brotherhood of madness. Positive assholes positively grinding every axe at their disposal.Sadly, that really doesn't describe the magazine at all.
Mostly, The Pitch is just progressive talking points posted by a litany of no-name post-grad hacks.
That's not so say they haven't scored some decent stories and they're still worth checking out from time to time. Moreover, we don't want them to post right-wing or even middle-of-the-road stories . . . The Pitch has NEVER done that . . . What's missing is any challenge leveled against our local establishment from a truly alternative perspective. There are plenty of "leaders" to joke, clown and mock . . . Sadly, we've mostly just seen a celebration of a Summer of rioting that we could simply watch on CNN rather than any deep dive into Kansas City cultural logics.
But the fact is, I haven't picked up one of their magazines in 4 months.
Most of the content seems just doesn't seem connected to Kansas City or Midtown by any common thread or voice.
TKC wants The Pitch to succeed but at this point, if it stopped publishing there aren't that many people who would notice.
You decide . . .