Reactions to a recent Kansas City Star Sunday edition have been some of the most overwhelmingly negative we've seen.
Yesterday we took more than a dozen e-mails and a few calls on the topic.
Today we notice the newspaper doubling down on their criticism, advocacy and reporting.
"The racism festering in the Kansas City Police Department does not spare even its own members, driving many Black officers to leave the force. From the day they enter the police academy, Black recruits live with a target on their back as white instructors seek to fail them out on technicalities they give others a pass on. If they make it onto the force, Black officers say they join a department where white officers make derogatory comments or use racial slurs against them with impunity."
By contrast . . .
Most of the feedback we've seen via social media and sent our way has overwhelmingly rebuked this proposition and constant attacks against police.
We've noted that a lot of local newsreaders wish they could cancel their subscription twice in addition so some other inappropriate ideas we've politely declined to publish in the name of decency . . . Apparently, there are a great many ideas out there about where to stick a newspaper.
Still, here's what we learned . . .
THE KANSAS CITY STAR ANTI-POLICE EDITION HAS BEEN ONE OF THEIR MOST UNIVERSALLY UNPOPULAR!!!
Tonight we offer a sampling of feedback . . .
Conservative talker Pete Mundo took a slew of calls and online messages when he noted the fallacy in the newspaper coverage of police beard protocols during the pandemic . . .
"The @KCStar spent two years admonishing everyone who didn’t abide by every single COVID protocol (see: Parson, Mike) thrown out there, but now doing just that early in the pandemic was “racist”."
One of our favorite commenters Radish says . . .
"TKC you just have to scan the fifty+ QR codes in the sunday edition of the Lenexa Star. and be fair. kcpd chief feigned reverence during one BLM protest, but the star feigns relevance 24/7"A thoughtful comment that we wanted to make sure everyone sees . . . You may disagree but it offers us something to think about . . .
Jack-a-lope . . .
In our culture, any perceived slight, any perceived negative reaction, or any contrary opinion, can or may result in some sort of discrimination lawsuit. Bad performance review? Discrimination lawsuit. Fired for violating policy. Discrimination lawsuit. Most are looking for settlements. Lawyers know the drill and actively troll for disgruntled employees of color or females in a market almost as prolific as personal injury. One man's "racist harassment" is another man's poor or shoddy performance.
Rick Smith kneeling, at first blush seems smarmy, but if you think about it, he could have let the protestors riot and dealt with them as a force, using riot shields, gas, batons, and perhaps bullets. Watching all of the kneelers always reminds me of Pelosi and all of those people kneeling while adorned in their "kente cloths." It's like changing your facebook profile to some symbol to prove your social score is in line with the rest of the wok socialnistas. If Smith knelt with the protestors to keep people from rioting, I'm OK with it. He did what he had to do. Would those offended have preferred that he shoot protesters rather than kneel with them?
We saved the best for last . . .
According to a Kansas City Insider . . .
"The Star is creating a dangerous situation on Kansas City streets. This is the question that needs to be asked: Is the newspaper inciting negativity against the police for the sake of achieving their political goals??? Readers need to understand this tactic not only endangers officers but our entire community."
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