To me, the best thing about all of this fighting over Jason Whitlock’s career plans is that very little of it will ever see the light of day in print form which is one of the many reasons that everyone currently working at The Kansas City Star deserves to lose their jobs.
First of all, let’s put things in perspective for all sports fanboys who have most of their worldview dictated to them by the d-bags at ESPN: Jason Whitlock isn’t important and represents nothing more than corporate investment in a content provider. Put simply, very few people would ever read the guy without the infrastructure of a dead tree institution that loses money by hauling his opinion out for tens of thousands of old ladies and retirees. All of his other gigs are based on his print column and the daily newspaper apparatus that’s slowly going the way of the dodo bird. But I digress, this is really about so-called champions of free speech working harder to suppress stories than report them.
It pains me to recap talk of Whitlock’s vacation drama because I realize that he’s nothing more than a very big cog in an even bigger machine that’s grinding to a halt. Suffice it to say that the bottom line is there has been no official announcement of Whitlock’s departure for The Star from a paper that gets beat by TV reporters on breaking news every day of the week and hasn’t set the agenda for this town since they pushed a lowly City Auditor into the Mayor’s office along with his shoeless and often erratic wife. Like most other developments in this town, I’m sure The Star will get around to writing up something substantial one of these days.
Meanwhile, Kansas City’s paper-of-record was busy attempting to suppress the work of Gawker Media Sports Juggernaut Deadspin.
On the topic of blogger name calling, Hearne was a bit miffed that KCC was described as a “bottomfeeder site” but, to me, Internet snark and sass is just a way to obfuscate the fact that their reporting on the subject was sparked by this blog. Even better, Deadspin’s reporting just leaves more questions along with an image Kansas City’s daily paper trying to a muscle a media outlet on the Internet that didn’t succumb to The Star’s misguided digital era instinct to hide from the public by blocking comments, keeping quiet and silencing conversation.
So, now we’re left with the gross image of Whitlock on an extended vacation while The Star looks more and more like a PR operation as news and reader conversation passes them by on blogs.