I’ve tried repeatedly to capture his essence with several witty nicknames but I’ve never before seen a Johnson County dweller so completely embody the term: Douche.
Lately, Hendricks has gone off the deep end in the twilight of his career and his actions and e-mails have been far more entertaining than his writing.
Let’s take a look.
Of course we can’t forget that the last time Hendricks reached the national spotlight it was for his supreme arrogance while looking for an entry level PR job. It was tragic and sad and thoroughly entertaining but it was just the beginning of his downward spiral that’s moving at an even faster rate than the decline of his soon-to-be former employer.
Hendricks also has a veggie book he authored with his wife. The book has something to do with gardening which just might be the low point in any other career that wasn’t so embarrassing.
Hey, I would also be remiss if I didn’t mention a dumbass bonfire in his backyard wherein Star coworkers were invited to see a tiny bit of JoCo ablaze in what had to be one of the weirdest gatherings of Kansas City Area newspaper people that didn’t end in mass layoffs.
Believe it or not, it gets worse.
In the latest show of a “journalist” gone mad, Hendricks writes a passionate response to the fact that I caught him swagger jackin me. Check out his missive in a response to a rather smart Bottom Line Communications report noting that his liberal bias in Kansas City’s largest daily paper was jeopardizing an important local charity.
“My only comment is this: To the issue of whether I borrowed someone else’s idea for the Stigall column, I would ask that you check the timestamp on my email to the mayor’s office, which I’ve posted on Prime Buzz. There you’ll see that I was making inquiries about this subject the day before anyone else posted on the topic.
“Unlike some bloggers, some reporting goes into my columns, which means I may not always be the first to stick something up on the Internet. But I feel obligated to offer the subjects of my columns fair notice of my intentions and an opportunity to respond. That takes time. But in my business, it’s called professionalism. Mike Hendricks.”
Leave it to a dead tree Kansas City Star reporter to make a virtue out of getting scooped and being incredibly slow.
So now Hendricks is defending his honor against an Internet attack. I don’t know what he’s going to do for a final act but I’m pretty sure it won’t involve blogging given that he gave up his online efforts because nobody would read his tripe without the benefit major news organization behind him.
Whatever happens we know that Hendricks is sharing the plight of so many Johnson County denizens who might be just a little bit frustrated at the state of their career and job instability during the The Great Recession. I can only hope the rest of the worried workers residing in Golden Ghetto aren’t such insufferable and humorless jerks.