World According To Kansas City Hack Blogs: Skyfall, Pr0n & Reparations

A question for close readers . . .

There are now 4 dominant local "prog blogs" and two conservative blogs who regularly produce content to promote the perspective of their backers . . .

Right now we're going with the term "hack" blogs but that seems mean . . . Anybody have any suggestions for a name to give "news" outlets that clearly produce content in support of a agenda/sponsorship rather than working for the public trust???

In fairness, TKC exists solely "for the lulz" and to provide coffee money, share the very finest in cowtown snark, fart jokes, gossip, commentary and better insights than the garbage readers will find by scrolling silicon valley spyware phone apps. 

Thing of it is . . . More than any of these blogs we CHALLENGE READERS with an ALTERNATIVE perspective along with many typos and bad grammar!!!

Either way . . .

It's always funny to watch adults take money to push an agenda and then call themselves journalists rather than PR consultants.  Sure, there's not much difference nowadays and most of the public can't tell the difference . . . Even better . . . Every newsie loves using the "hack" slur against their colleagues so there's no reason that our blog community shouldn't partake in the fun.

And so . . . 

We don't have a problems with these reports . . . In fact, they're all kind of interesting even if they represent little more than partisan efforts to engage in the longstanding pay-for-play PR news model in addition to their social media slap fighting . . .  

Westside neighborhood, City Barrel Brewing, Downtown attractions + more news - Downtown Council of Kansas City

Westside neighbors drive 'creative use' of incentive program; VanTrust Real Estate joins Streetcar land rush; Florida fund acquires 132-unit Crossroads apartment complex; Downtown attractions dominate list of popular destinations; East Crossroads brewery wins medal at Great American Beer Festival.

Mournful and hopeful, an emerging photo project portrays rural Kansas newspapers - Kansas Reflector

Kansas Reflector welcomes opinion pieces from writers who share our goal of widening the conversation about how public policies affect the day-to-day lives of people throughout our state. Eric Thomas directs the Kansas Scholastic Press Association and teaches visual journalism and photojournalism at the University of Kansas.

Cato Institute: Governor Kelly earns a "C" in tax-and-spend policy - The Sentinel

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly portrays herself as supporting sound fiscal policy as she campaigns for re-election, but Cato Institute gives her a "C" grade in their Fiscal Policy Report Card on America's Governors, 2022. Cato gives an "A" to Governors Kim Reynolds of Iowa, Chris Sununu of New Hampshire, Pete Ricketts of Nebraska, Brad Little of Idaho, and Doug Ducey of Arizona.

St. Louis advocates optimistic the city's reparations effort will advance * Missouri Independent

This weekend , elected officials - including St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones and Congresswoman Cori Bush - will gather for a " Reparations Block Party and Teach-in " with advocates and city residents to talk about what reparations could look like for Black St. Louisans.

Trio of Kansas Supreme Court justices up for retention defend independent judiciary - Kansas Reflector

OVERLAND PARK - Kansas Supreme Court Justice Melissa Taylor Standridge said the legislative and executive branches of government were distinct from the judicial branch because judges and justices were required to cast aside personal politics when making decisions. "We are very different," she told an audience Thursday night.

Some Kansas teachers say a ban on surveys is putting some classroom lessons on hold

WICHITA, Kansas - A new law requiring Kansas schools to get parental permission before surveying students' personal attitudes or beliefs has put lessons on hold in many schools. The law doesn't go as far as a proposed Parents' Bill of Rights that Gov. Laura Kelly vetoed last spring.

4-H 'Thriving Model' is grounded in equity, CRT, and Marxism - The Sentinel

In the spring of 2013, 4-H launched a nationwide program of youth development called the "Thriving Model," which appears grounded in equity, Marxism, and tenets of critical race theory. Indeed, last week's story about a 4-H policy that assigns campers to dormitories based on the gender with which a child identifies rather than their biological sex at birth prompted emails from 4-H parents in several other states.

'This is in our neighborhoods': KC mom finds pornographic material in her neighborhood's free little library

Kansas City mom Casey Thomas had always thought of her neighborhood's free "little library" book exchange as a blessing - until Sunday, when she was startled to find books containing sexually graphic illustrations and content. Thomas said the books were placed in the little library by Matt Sameck, who nearly won a seat as a Liberty School District board candidate in April.

You decide . . .