Hearne/Fitzpatrick: Star Editor Guilty of Assault Charge in Texas

Turns out there’s more

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29 Responses to Hearne/Fitzpatrick: Star Editor Guilty of Assault Charge in Texas

  1. Anonymous says:

    Mike Fannin can now go gonzo on us. Yep.

    The KC Rum Diaries
    by M. Corey Fannin.

    Look at the bright side, Fannin. It beats covering KC sports!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Gee, nice to know that the guy who ended my 25-year career at The Kansas City Star is such a stand up guy. What a fucking scuzzball.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Who plays this guy in the movie..
    Kevin Spacey?
    Steve Carrel?
    Nic Cage?
    Bruce Willis?
    How bout Holly? Julia? Jennifer? Courtney?
    Fannin sounds like a baller..sans the neck nibblin of course.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Nice find. Now if you guys could just dig up the dirt (you know there has to be some) on Keitzman, you would become the city’s newest hero.

  5. Anonymous says:

    the point is?
    what is the point?
    Is this guy running for office?
    who cares?

    I am no fan of the star, but this place is starting to read like a gossip rag. com’on you are better than this.

    It reminds me of when I delteted TMZ from my daily favs when it went 24/7 Britney Spears BS….. the point?…..
    who cares? To this day TMZ never returned to my fav list.
    HC: This is a less-than-week old breaking story about one of the highest profile, powerful people in the city. If you don’t find it to your liking, there are other stories on the site. You can skip it.

  6. Anonymous says:

    hearne, from a previous thread:
    > Thanks for the anonymous sticks and stones, Baked.
    > Think my 16 year track record at the Star …

    16 year track record, eh? Is that what you are calling it? You wrote a gossip column. PerezHilton.com has been around since 2005, so apparently he has a 6 year track record. Journalism is fun!

    But you are correct here:

    > … the fact that they (The Star) wanted to hire
    > me back less than two months later (at a fraction
    > of the money) speaks for itself. But thanks for thinking
    > of me!

    Yes, that does speak for itself. They realized that literally anyone with an internet connection can write a gossip column, so why pay you.

  7. Anonymous says:

    So why are you hanging around, HoneyBaked?


  8. Anonymous says:

    John Altevogt
    Well, this certainly explains why Fannin was so understanding when Derek Donovan had his meltdown and went freaky deaky about a year ago. They’re the perfect couple, they’re both mentally defective whack jobs and both so symbolic of what The Star has come to represent in this community.

  9. Anonymous says:

    At least acknowledge your own dui. might give you more credibility, since everyone who reads this blog is aware of your past and knows you have little room to talk on these matters.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Seriously—you deleted a comment. ???

  11. Anonymous says:

    The Derek Obsession
    So John, is Derek talking to you from your car radio, or your cereal box? Anyone obsessed with Derek and The Star the way you are needs to have their meds quadrupled.

    “Handmaidens of corruption.” What a loon.

  12. Anonymous says:

    What a stupid little cowtown…..the Star is a second rate paper and people actually give a shit about some no-name editor……I was pointed to this site regarding Whitlock….at least he was semi-compelling…..

  13. Anonymous says:

    John Altevogt
    Well, we can see that Fitz is involved with this column, the censorship is is running full steam ahead.

  14. Anonymous says:

    John Altevogt
    Uh, that would be handmaidens to corruption, not handmaidens of corruption and as usual, The Star’s lackeys have only ad hominem attacks to any critique of their rag. Anyone one want to debate whether Derek freaked out about a year ago. Glad to post some of his material from that period. But of course, Fitz would just delete that too.

  15. Anonymous says:

    John Altevogt
    Too bad I didn’t do screen shots of the other posts that were deleted.

  16. Anonymous says:

    John Altevogt
    Oh. and since you asked, here’s Derek on my voicemail. He’s so cute when he get’s huffy, sort of butch, don’t you think?


  17. Anonymous says:

    Your burning a witch here. Simple as that.

  18. Anonymous says:

    Way censored—can’t beleive Glazier, who used to get so fucked up GG Alin would get straight for a week after hearing about it, would be a part of this crucifixion.

  19. Anonymous says:

    John Altevogt
    What’s clear is that for Fitz this is all sour grapes since he’s certainly as unethical as a journalist as Fannin has ever been accused of being. The integrity level at the paper certainly went up when he was shown the door.

    How many people did you censor off just this one column last night, Fitz? Just like when you were at the WYCO bureau putting out PR for Marinovich and the UG and stifling the creativity of your staff.

  20. Anonymous says:

    Dexter Morgan
    I love this passage:

    The unhappy episode tends to corroborate an earlier indication that Fannin has had a propensity to turn violent. Fannin has said that Star security once had to restrain him on the first floor of the building from going after a man who was having an affair with his wife at the time.

    I guess it’s not okay to “turn violent” when you find out another man is sticking it to your wife. Then again, if he didn’t do anything, you’d probably accuse him of being a pacifistic pussy.

  21. Anonymous says:

    While mildly entertaining, does any of this really matter? It’s a lousy misdemeanor – and some DUI’s. If a politician comes out with this – or a significant public figure – I would get it. But, do we really hold our newspaper editors to a higher moral standard?

    As much as anything, it just sounds like sour grapes from a bunch of no-talent hacks who couldn’t make it at a second-tier (on a good day) local daily paper.

  22. Anonymous says:

    John Altevogt
    Yes, this column is important and yes, it is important who the management of a local newspaper are. They hold positions of great influence and sit in judgment of others each and every day. So it’s hardly unfair to ask who these people are, what values they hold and how they manage their own lives.

    I’m not saying that he should be strung up because he was (perhaps rightfully) hot headed and apparently drinks a bunch, but it may speak to the credibility of a man who has a great deal of power and influence in this community. How much it says depends on you. Maybe none, maybe a lot. I suspect if he had this information on a local politician with far less power than his that he might publish it.

  23. Anonymous says:

    Yes, Ross, as a matter of fact, I do hold those who I work for to a standard at least as high as mine and no, I’ve never had a DUI, an assault charge or anything that required looking out from the inside of a jail cell.

    And yes, I realize that you’re asking whether the public at large hold editors to a higher standard.

    And yes, it’s very easy for you to be flip and dismissive about The Star, but I can tell you from personal experience that a lot of people worked hard to serve the readers of The Star. We didn’t care about awards (although I never returned one) – we cared about bringing news to readers of The Star. The Star is presently being run by a bunch of power grubbing, egomanical assholes. Mark Zieman is an asshole, Fannin gives you the creeps just to look at him, the head of circulation, Chris Christian, is an idiot and recently spent tens of thousands of dollars installing large, flatscreen TV throughout his department (which he later had to return) and the guy running the online operation is, Dan I Forget His Last Name, is an old geezer, when they need some 27-year-old geek/whiz kid that lives, eats and breathes social media. BTW, can The Star do anything about that site – it’s the crappiest one I’ve ever seen.

    There were a lot of people who worked hard at The Star and supported their families who were cast aside by Fannin because he thinks the world revolves around fucking sports.

  24. Anonymous says:

    What a bunch of sanctimonious bullshit. It’s not 1976.

    That’s what makes this so funny. The only people who think these d-bags have infuence over anything in this city are the current and former employees for the paper. To the rest of us, you’re all just farts in the wind.

    You can’t have it both ways. Either tell me that the Star is one of the most influential players in the city – or tell me it’s horrible paper that’s part of a dying industry with no infuence. But don’t tell me both.

  25. Anonymous says:

    Sorry Ross, the answer is it is both. Clearly with more than 150,000 homes and businesses receiving the physical newspaper daily and one million unique visitors to its Web site, the Star is a major local player. No question.

    That has little to do at this stage with the fact that print publications, including the Star, are losing circulation and readers at an alarming pace. As for whether it’s a “horrible” newspaper, I certainly wouldn’t go that far. I think it could do a better job. But again, that doesn’t take away from its presence in the community. You are correct however, its “influence” has slipped greatly and continues to decline.

  26. Anonymous says:

    Hey Ross – go back and read carefully. Nowhere did I say how influential the paper was or blah, blah, blah.

    What I said, was that a lot of people who used to work there saw 10, 15, 20, 25-year careers trashed on a whim, that there used to be a lot of people who worked hard to do what newspapers are supposed to do, inform its readers.

    Yes, The Star used to be a pretty good newspaper. Now the people who are left are struggling day in, day out, to get out some semblence of a newspaper and not have to hang their heads in shame. It’s become increasingly difficult. The Star has had layoffs virtually every quarter for more than 2 years now. I hear more layoffs and furloughs are coming on Monday…

  27. Anonymous says:

    John Altevogt
    I did say they were influential and the answer is what Hearne said, both. The Star reaches thousands here in KC and many more around the country online who may not be familiar with its biases and simply take what it prints on faith.

    The same thing applies to the nightly network news shows. They are continually losing viewers, but they’re still reaching around 20 million people a night and that’s not a trivial number.

  28. Anonymous says:

    Just remember, some good people died today defending our right to do this shit. Say a prayer of thanks for their selfless sacrifice.

  29. Anonymous says:

    good point smartman. Glazer got high we all did, but not that high, if he said they did, they did.

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