It’s not every day that such a prominent Kansas City media player loses a job and it seems that this town is without direction in dealing with the news. To wit, I have outlined the process that both Whitlock and Kansas City media watchers can use to overcome this setback, despite the fact that there really aren’t any other jobs out there for Big Sexy in the aftermath of his Star fallout.
Nevertheless, let’s try to at least start the healing.
1. Obviously, the first step is disappearance. For many months now Whitlock has been missing in action and this one of the more obvious coping mechanisms. Similarly, I skip all of the spam from The Star and I don’t share any real personal info for their meaningless marketing schemes.
2. Angry Tweeting seems to be the second phase of a media downfall. I don’t know how we managed to deal with grief b 4 the Internet allowed us to be so clever with brief quips. Also, blaming Hearne for all your problems does not count as a step, even if it is convenient.
3. Phony recollections and reminiscing provide the public the best way to connect themselves to a media tragedy. Right now we’re all boring each other with Whitlock stories that often fail to acknowledge that in 24 months most media watchers won’t be able to remember his name. If he doesn’t get another high profile gig.
4. Eating. Whitlock held a press conference at Gates this afternoon. BBQ is a bit heavy for lunch but certainly qualifies as this town’s favorite comfort food.
5. Blogging. Posnanski has an amazing sports blog with a national audience. I’m not sure if Whitlock has the discipline to maintain a strict blogging schedule or even to plug in Google Ads. However, this is the final frontier and best road to recovery for all former Star employees. Sadly, there is no six-figure paycheck for bloggers. But until net neutrality is completely abandoned, it’s the best route for self-expression at a time when the rest of the legacy media simply isn’t hiring.
In the end, getting over Whitlock isn’t going to be very difficult.
The real entertainment will come from watching Whitlock look for other work. From a VERY RELIABLE source I’ve heard about those Cable TV news writing gigs and it’s hard enough to get people to read The Star. So a book about the paper-of-record isn’t really a guaranteed home run.
What we have witnessed today is a guy losing the best job he ever had or will have and while that’s sad, it’s worth noting that it’s happening to so many other people across the nation with increasing frequency and in jobs that involve a lot more than talking to people and typing.