Kansas City Star Doubles Down On Racial Apology By Touting Diversity Hiring Spree

In their Sunday edition, Kansas City Star management proves that they don't REALLY have any idea how to communicate with people outside of their demographic bubble. 

Basically . . . 

The newspaper reiterates an unpopular apology by admitting that they hired new staffers based primarily on race and not qualifications. 

We can only hope that they're trolling us and that the organization isn't really so tone deaf. 

From our perspective, they just insulted their new hires . . . Many of whom, actually, are talented journalists who deserve respect for their skill & work rather than their demographic identity. 

Moreover . . .

Nobody asked for the Star's apology that seemed like it was a tragic publicity stunt devised by a drunken editor who would later resign after a DUI.

Moreover, the public admission of guilt was politely ignored by most people outside of news talk shows and repeating the faux pas seems like another mistake as the fortunes of this institution continue to crumble very much like the blighted building they dumped in downtown Kansas City before moving their printing operation to Iowa. 

In fairness, here's their side of the story . . .

"The goal was to take that December 2020 apology acknowledging decades of failed coverage and turn it into real, measurable action . . . For the first time in the history of The Star, in the summer of 2023, we hired Black journalists into two of the top three newsroom management positions. Executive Editor Greg Farmer made the appointments with the purpose of building an experienced leadership team that reflects the diversity of all of Kansas City and can help The Star expand its reach."

Read more via www.TonysKansasCity.com link . . .

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