About this week’s Pitch cover story…
The one about blasphemous blogger Tony Botello. The dude here on KC Confidential the comments crowd can’t say enough kind words about. The writer who single-handedly reinvented the term "cup half full" where Kansas City is concerned.
New, out-of-towner Pitch editor Joe Tone set aside the intense acrimony of Pitch writers like Nadia Pflaum and laid a massive, journalistic kiss on Mr.T. Nevermind the over-hyped "Exclusive!" splashed across the paper’s cover. I mean, really.
It’s not like’t Tone cornered Osama bin Laden, scored a phoner with the Unabomber or talked Star editor Mike Fannin into a one-on-one about his twin DUIs or assault conviction.
And while we’re on the topic of the Pitch cover, Tone may want to further celebrate his "exclusive" by running a correction in next week’s issue; Tony DOES NOT live in his mom’s basement.
"There’s no bedroom in my mom’s basement," Botello revealed in an exclusive interview. "All my mail (still) goes to my mom’s house and I’m registered to vote there but I live down the street."
Full disclosure: Botello does live and work out of a basement apartment – his own.
Tone did toss Pitch writers a bone – omitting that Botello writes for KC Confidential. And that the "blogger" who’s ex grrrlfriend Star staffer Tim Finn was banged by Botello for banging, was, uh, me. And for Tone’s second printed error, he misquotes Botello as having asked how said blogger’s balls "taste in your mouth."
You won’t won’t find those four words in any of Tony’s copy.
Which brings us to who else Tone went out of his way to leave out of the story – Botello’s Public Enemy No. 1 at the Pitch – staff writer Nadia Pflaum…
"He did and that was a huge omission," Botello says. "They totally left out Nadia, which is where they got a lot of their Jenee Osterheldt stuff from, because those two are friends."