Tuesday is the first fully staffed paper of the week, following the Star’s skeletal weekend staffing.
Let’s see what they got!
Okay, time out. Looking at today’s front page reminds me of how difficult it is to come up with truly poignant news stories and features. I won’t pretend that if I ruled the world, things would be any easier.
The problem is twofold…
For starters, we live in a town where short of television news sensationalism, we don’t have that many significant/wildly interesting things going on to spellbind the masses. So to some extent, the Star gets a pass because they can’t just make interesting stuff up, right?
On the other hand, there is such a thing as news judgment and clearly a case can be made that were it keener, better, and more interesting and/or compelling stories could be told. Even with the Star’s diminished resources.
Back to the front page…
There’s a syndicated story about political parties losing power to organizations such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. It’s written by a gent named Hamburger from the Chicago Tribune. Interesting but not locally spawned. And yet another trip to the plate re the KCMO school closings which may come to a vote tomorrow. And did you know they’re getting high speed Internet out in the sticks? Or that god-fearing fag-hater Fred Phelps has a date with the U.S. Supreme Court. Will it top the nude streaking scene that went down in Topeka in the movie Bruno last year? Stay tuned.
Local: Slow news day, anyone? Hard to believe they made the local section centerpiece a three-column by nine inch deep, color photo feature on 97 year-old former Chiefs bandleader Tony DiPardo giving a thousand bucks to a local high school. That’s right, one-thousand dollars.
Which brings us back to news judgment…
Reporter Matt Campbell has a very interesting story about KC Mayor Mark Funkhouser bagging on Aggie Stackhouse for deploying “corrupt” measures in her ridiculously fervent effort to kill off a dog park in Waldo’s Sunnyside Park.
Why did Campbell’s significant story sink to the bottom, under a measly $1,000 charity contribution?
Alvin Brooks is joining the KC Police Board? Didn’t Tony write about that last week?
Remembrances: Wow two pages devoted to people that have checked out. Lots of big obituary ads, call it a good day for death…and for the Star. Didn’t recognize anybody.
Sports: Man, new sports columnist Sam Mellinger is turning out to be prolific. As well he should. Given that the ruse about former Star sports scribe Joe Posnanski writing for the paper on a weekly basis has long been up. Posnanski departed for greener pastures at