Hearne: Overland Park Mom, Others Uncomfortable With How Don Harman Treated

"They won’t have Don Harman to kick around anymore."

That’s how a Facebook message to me began from Overland Park mom and former school teacher Dena LeeAnne Campbell. They being some of Harman’s on-air co-hosts at Channel 4. Having watched Fox 4’s early morning show for years, "Something about him resonated with me," Campbell says of Harman.

And something about the interplay between Harman and some of the other anchors didn’t seem quite right to her.

"I just remember sometimes turning the TV off because it was so uncomfortable," Campbell says. "Particularly Mark Alford, but sometimes they would go too far with needling him. They’d make fun of what he was wearing, what he said. They used to needle him about his car. I don’t think it was malicious, but when they got on a roll teasing and needling him, it just didn’t stop. Isn’t that bullying?

"I don’t think he killed himself because of that. He killed himself because he suffered from depression, but I don’t think that helped. I don’t think he liked it. He joked around at some point but there was a point that you could see that he didn’t lke it. He was always the butt of everyone’s joke."

Campbell points to a weepy on-camera discussion last week between co-anchors Alford, Loren Halifax and Nick Vasos following Harman’s death as evidence of teasing gone too far.

"We always knew how to push his buttons," Alford said.

"You were a pro," Halifax added.

"You walked him right up to the edge, didn’t you?" Vasos concluded.

Was Harman’s on-air teasing mean-spirited?

"I don’t know, I can’t say that," Campbell says. "It might have been simply to get ratings. I’m no psycologist but I’m a very empathetic person. But yeah, I think it would have aggrivated his depression. I don’t know, maybe Fox should do a show on workplace bullying."

Campbell could be onto something…

"There is a lot of off the record stuff, Hearne," says one local television broadcast journalist. "I just know his work relationships were not good, except for his with Joe Lauria where they were good friends."

"I saw some tension when they going back and forth," says one local businessman who asked not to be named. "Don said something about not wanting to be on probation and he said to Alford, ‘Maybe you and I just shouldn’t be talking to each other.’ I saw that a couple days before he died – there was a little tension there – and Mark didn’t say anything. He just stared straight ahead and there was silence and then they went right into the weather. It felt uncomfortable to watch."

"Maybe I’m wrong – I’m no psychologist – but I’ve had a few dodge balls thrown at me and if I was looking for a reason to live, that wouldn’t have helped," Campbell says. "Here’s the bottom line; the way you treat people, the way you talk to them – I believe it has an impact and it can hurt."

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50 Responses to Hearne: Overland Park Mom, Others Uncomfortable With How Don Harman Treated

  1. smartman says:

    Ruh Roh Shaggy
    Great, now we all have to stop busting balls here in case somebody offs themselves. Whatta-fucking-world we live in? Bullying takes place in all forms from the cradle to the grave. From you’ve got shitty diapers and a faggy looking stroller to you’ve got shitty diapers and your wheelchair sucks. Where does it end? I guess we could all just start being nicer to each other but then there goes my reason for living. We all know cemeteries are full of irreplacable people. I’ve known a number of individuals in my life that just can’t take a joke or ballbusting or maybe have Social Anxiety Disorder and some form of chronic anxiety or depression. How are you supposed to know? At least Don didn’t decide to bring an AR15 into work and clean out the whole closet. You gotta think that at the Last Supper Jesus made some cracks when he was washing his disciples feet about corns or bunions or goat-shit. Or even a post dinner crack at the expense of the wait-staff. “What’s the difference between a Jew and a canoe?”. JEWS NEVER TIP!

    Our world is fucked up. Civil discourse might as well be a history lesson. We are who we eat. We can’t strut our feathers or lock horns to achieve dominance so we buy bigger houses, cars and tits despite the fact that knowledge is the only REAL POWER. And there is the lesson. You gotta KNOW when to HOLD ’em and KNOW when to SCOLD ’em.

  2. newbaum turk says:

    Harmon
    This lady doesn’t get it. This is what men do. My friends are the biggest assholes on Earth but they’re my friends so I have to live with it. Men don’t wait until their friend gets up to go to the bathroom and talk about how fat they are once they are out of earshot. We tell them what fat asses they are to their face. When women see a drunk friend about to make a mistake with a guy they make her leave. When we see a drunk friend hitting on a fat girl we buy him a shot of tequilla and tell him she’s hot just so we can make fun of him the rest of our lives.

  3. harley says:

    Hearne does it again!
    gets reliable professional authoritative qoutes on don harmon from…..WTF…a houswife in overland park? A housewife
    in overland park…former teacher….are you kidding me hearne? Where did you dig this lady up. Meet her at jardines?
    Heet her while in the forzen food department of hy vee? Meet her on the street?
    are you serious..and now this housewife weighs in with her very preoffesional observations on your site
    about why a man died? Does she have any qualifications besides the fact that she taught 2nd graders how to
    play kickball? are you serious.
    You are now the most talked about man in this city…and you print some lady with a model photo comments about why
    this happened.
    You must turn in the your journalism license…you have gone too far. who will you qoute next…jerry tghe bum
    on boradway bridge? How about bobby the nail girl on 39th street? Hey…hernia…how about Jimmy the lead
    driver on deffenbaugh truck #2. They all have clinical experience on suicide prevention. They all have
    opinions.
    What were/are you thinking henia. This is absolutely incredible. You make tony look like walter cronkite!

  4. harley says:

    blowback against this lady…
    hearne its not bad enough that you and glaze are now catching heat…but this lady is gonna get
    it too. why would she agree to have this publichsed. Do you understand the heated emotion and
    anger that surrounds this entire horrific event now….did she agree to have it publicshed…if she did
    she’s nuts…if not…man you may have really messed someon up.
    Poeple are outraged over this thing…why did she feel it ws okay to make this comments…
    wow…….

  5. Dena says:

    Dialog
    I am not a housewife. I did not teach 2nd graders. I don’t go to Jardine’s and I have never met Hearne. I wrote to him to express my opinion on an apparently unpopular but timely topic: suicide and bullying and to ask if he would open a dialog on the topic, while it’s fresh. I’m not sure how you got the impression that I’m a housewife or taught 2nd graders from anything written above. My picture was taken on my laptop one morning after coffee. Thanks for the model compliment though.
    I see that smartman laments not being able to bust balls in case someone offs themselves. I believe the appropriate response to bullying is to stop “busting their balls.” As a teacher of inner city middle school science, the appropriate response was to stop bullying whenever it is observed or reported. Also to prevent bullying by teaching and modeling appropriate behaviors when dealing with emotions, especially among males. It would NOT have been appropriate to stand back, look the other way and say, “The world is full of shitty, mean people…the kid will either get used to it, off himself, bring an AK to school and clean house, or learn to join in.”
    You are either going to be part of the problem or part of the solution.
    I think this is a conversation that needs to happen to bring awareness to bullying and suicide. It’s not just kids and gay teenagers…it’s adults, its professionals, its people.
    Hearne not only had my permission, I think he did a good job portraying my concern. I really liked watching Don’s forecasts. I was really upset that he killed himself. I really felt for the guy when they took the teasing too far. It was uncomfortable. You could see it.
    Nothing in the article is disrespectful to anyone…unlike the comments.

  6. mark smith says:

    the pussification of america
    I think the former teacher is letting that pc sensitivity training get to her. It’s this same type of pc horse shit that causes a second grader to catch a sexual harrassment beef for pecking little Suzy on the cheek. The fox morning show was popular for the very reasons this lady is wringing her hands over. Someone who is clinically depressed is just as likely to off themselves because their oatmeal was lumpy or any other reason. Dons coworkers seemed profoundly fucked the fuck up over his suicide. Just as anyone faced with the inexplicable loss of a loved one in such a manner, those left behind question if they had a hand in it, missed a warning sign, could have done something. It’s part of the grieving process. The truth is the only person who knows why,ain’t talking,ever again.

  7. Hearne Christopher says:

    Such enlightenment

  8. Merle Tagladucci says:

    I give you a hard time Hearne but man are you a coward for deleting my comments. Seriously dude, are you kidding? I always have a point and call you on your bullshit when you deserve it. And bud you deserve it routinely. You give your readers a platform to respond and you let it fill up with a lot of babbling garbage but for you to take down one of my posts, obviously I struck a nerve dead solid perfect.

    This is the second or third time in the past week you’ve done it to me, and before you go thinking my feelings are hurt, pump the brakes. I couldn’t re-type that post if you paid me. Gone from memory. I nailed you though and you couldn’t handle other people reading it. Hell that was just a throwaway…now I’m inspired. Why though, that you think my comments here could possibly add further damage to your already flimsy rep is anyone’s guess. And don’t tell me you’re sanitizing the comments section because the inmates run the asylum, and if you didn’t let them, your hit count would drop like an anvil.

    So hey, whatever. Your site, your chicken exit. You want to trot out a column based on some stay-at-home, Facebooking Soccer Mom Sleuther from OP who had to change the channel on a KC morning show because it was too “uncomfortable” for her, bang it out bud. As long as you have an excuse to throw up another Don Harman column while the story still has some heat, hey, whatever you gotta do to keep those hit counts churning. Right bud?

  9. Hearne Christopher says:

    Thanks Dena. It’s refreshing to have a voice of reason in a sea of confused comments. Unfortunately it comes with the comments turf, but the vast majority who never comment know better. At least I’d like to think that they do

  10. Dena says:

    Validity…
    Harley says, “gets reliable professional authoritative qoutes on don harmon from…..WTF…a houswife in overland park?”

    Actually, if you re-read the article the PROFESSIONAL quotes came from Mark Alford, Loren Halifax , Nick Vassos and one unnamed source.
    You are right, Harley, I’m a “nobody” as far as the press is concerned. I guess the same could be said of the garbage collector, a nail tech, a bum. That does not preclude any one of the above class of people from having a valid point.
    I do know that if we look at how well-written a person is…if that is the barometer by which we could measure their competence, education, intelligence, etc…I am far ahead of you. Does that make your comments less valid. To some degree, yes. But only because they are ignorant. and poorly written. Not because of who you are or your profession. Even so, this is the proper forum for that kind of thing.

  11. Hearne Christopher says:

    Well, there is the note and the video, not that we’re likely to see either of those. I will tell you that from my experience in dealing with Don – check out the innocuous columns I wrote about him at the Star – he did appear to be a little thin-skinned.

    It didn’t bother me, it was just an observation. People have the right to be as thin-skinned as they wish, regardless of what I or anybody else thinks. Don’t forget the quote from the fellow newsie that tends to support Dena’s contention

  12. Hearne Christopher says:

    Merle, you are welcome to vent but just like the writers on the site, you’re gonna get edited from time to time. deal with it.

  13. Hearne Christopher says:

    Very well said

  14. Merle Tagladucci says:

    Edited? You removed the whole post! The only one who can’t “deal with it” is you.

  15. harley says:

    ms. soccer mom professional counselor and former teacher….
    thank god you’re a former teacher. Because if you were teaching kids you’d be out.
    A dialogue..with someone who has no proffesional experience on this situation.
    And you have to credentials to see that on the tv screen. Obviously you don’t knwo anything
    about tv…or anything about the news. You foolish housewife have no idea what the
    newsies are doing. Their job in the morning is to entertain…to be funny and bring a
    fresh outlook onto people when they’re headed for a full day.
    Your day of baking cookies and muffins hardly qualifies you as an expert on bullying.
    Sure…sitting at home you could tell about the bullying. You are a sicence teacher in the
    hood…great job you’ve been doing according to test scores. You are a mentalist…a
    prognosticator…hell no wonder you gave up the job in the city…you’re the next kreskin…
    or internet fortune teller.
    You’re briliant. Heck…kc school district needs you lady. Just put a video camera on in every
    classroom and you can detect bullying..heck…why didn’t blue valley come up with that idea…
    how stupid of me not to come up with that idea.
    Obviously you are the solution. The schools have no bullying problems..you solved them all!
    You are a wizard. You know everything! NO more problems anywheree once suzy homemaker like
    you gets involved. You know everything.
    You should stick to science suzy. Its what you know best. Who gave you the certification to tell the
    people about bullying. Did you receive a counseling degree…receive any kind of certification
    that qualifies you to lecture us or anyone about what you saw on tv. You probably love to watch
    “family fued” and analyze the “fued” thats going on there lady. Or maybe you enjoy watching
    oprah or dr. phill and getting all your “education” and “credientials” from nancy grace or geraldo
    or maybe even maury povich. You’re nothing but a bottom ladder teacher who thinks her edcuation
    degree from some factory gives her the ability to play god and lecture others about what is right
    and wrong. And of course you have that incredible ability to decipher emotions and feelings by
    watching the tv. Maybe you can heal some people by touching the screen when the handicapped and
    dying come on the screen. Lady you have incredible powers.
    Now…as we say here on kcc…get your soccer mom van loaded up…put your cookies in the oven
    …your buns in the bed and shut up. We don’t need fool and charlatans telling us what is right and
    wrong.
    I’m sure the people who loved the guy and were his friends (and hearne…you continue to use
    those unknown sources) will absolutely love the fact that suzy homemaker can come out and
    literally drag them thru the mud without having any experience nor being involved in the
    incident…you lady are a mess. Befroe you go throwing stones are other houses…you better
    clean up your own….I’M SURE YOU’LL BE GETTING MORE COMMENTS FROM THE
    PEOPLE INVOLVED BECAUSE AS I SAID BEFORE ‘ YOU DON’T KNOW SH*T!”

  16. Hearne Christopher says:

    I dealt with it, Merle. Just because you exist doesn’t mean I’m required to choke down everything you have to say. Just as you are not required to do the same for me.

  17. Merle Tagladucci says:

    Reply From: Hearne Christopher
    02:01:06 PM – Thu. Dec 8. 2011

    I dealt with it, Merle. Just because you exist doesn’t mean I’m required to choke down everything you have to say. Just as you are not required to do the same for me.

    —————————————————————————————————————————————————-

    You choked on it alright.

  18. Dena says:

    SMH
    Oh grow up!

  19. Mike The DJ says:

    WOW !
    I’m sad Don is gone too …. but man, most of you people have some REAL anger management issues … lighten up & enjoy life !! Try doing something nice for someone soon OK ?

  20. oldman says:

    Poor, Poor harley
    Hey, harley. …

    Next time you go off on your tangent, think a little before you start writing. It will make it easierfor us to understand your point (which seems to be “ain’t no damned woman gonna show me up!)

    I think someone that deals with children/adults on a daily basis is a pretty good judge of bullying. I’d be willing to bet that we could sit with Dena for five minutes and she could point out the bullies.

    As a people watcher, I can also point out the bullies. In your writing, you seem to prove that you are a bully yourself, harley. Seems it’s your opinions or no opinions.

    All Dena wanted to do was start a dialog about her opinion of what she saw on the morning show. And while you may have been entertained by all the harassment Don received, there are those that believe that harassment helped bring an end to Don. There are other things, sure, but that harassment sure didn’t help matters.

    Now, could you be civil & stop with your harassment simply because she doesn’t agree with you? There were four main things my parents taught me:
    1) There is always someone better/smarter than you
    2) The only person I have to impress is me
    3) Pick your hills to die on
    4) Feelings constanly change. If you replace the work believe with the word feel and not change the meaning of the sentence, you’re explaining a feeling, not a belief.

    Now, harley, be nice and explain your point without ridiculing this woman for her feelings

  21. harley says:

    where did the harassment come from…
    someone who knew…someone who will come out in public (and not a suzy homemaker with an easy bake
    oven or one of hearnes famous unknown sources) to say that don was harassed…he was bullied
    …he was ridiculed and it contributed to this man’s death.
    In the name of mercy will you people let the man rest. Who is next? Who are we going to hear from next?
    Who will give us their “expert” opinion as to why this man took his own life? Who is it.
    Who believes and can validate this serious point? Who has proof and a professional credentialed
    opinion to back up this woman’s opinion.
    She “watched” it on tv. Wow…like the people on tv don’t play roles for ratings? That they don’t
    create situations to bring in viewers. Come on. It’s just where does the “woman” on the street
    opinion end. I would not prescribe medicine to a child. I don’t have the expertise nor the license nor
    the education and the lawful right to do so.
    who will we hear from next? Hearnes gardener? How about jessica…of course she watches tv and I’m
    sure jessica has the knowledge to fully understand what happened on tv.
    If sickening to place blame on innocent people like that. this isn’t a conversation about sports or
    women…its a conversation of life and death and utnil suzy homemaker can prove that she has any
    relevant knowledge to decipher across a cable wire how people were treated in an entertainment
    media will i not give her due credit.
    You have ruined peoples reputations without any solid evidence or background. That is horrible.
    I’m sure suzy you’ll be hearing from mark and the rest of the tv 4 morning crew…wow!

  22. harley says:

    here ya go oprah campbell
    okay mam…here’s the authoritative information that as a teacher you should know. But from watching don on tv
    I don’t think he exhibited any of these symptoms. Now you’re a teacher and from watching the man on tv
    did you notice any of these things being exhibited by the man? And for the clinical final point…is that
    adult bullying has completely differnet things than child bullying. so you attempted to take what you may have
    known from the schoolyard and attempted to categorize that as the same as adult bullying in adult situations…which according
    to experts are completely different. Now what do you have to say? I look forward to your take on this. Thanks you

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    4. Bullying through lies and false rumors
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  23. Robertoe says:

    woe is us
    The only comments sections that make any sense around here are the ones under the Kelly Urich stories.

    Dena seems very astute and articulate. Do you see what happens when intelligent rational folks try and post here? Totally drowned out by the deranged.

    Thumbs up Merle & Dena. Dialog is good. Deranged isn’t.

  24. Hollister says:

    1) I don’t agree with bullying and support its prevention in schools.
    2) I don’t think Don Harman was bullied at work.
    3) I do think he was depressed (possibly bipolar) and showed signs, being engaging and funny one day, morose the next.
    4) I do think it got worse over the years. I watched him a lot when he first came on, then when my spouse started working nights I stopped watching morning TV pretty much. When I tuned in this year he was noticeably darker and higher strung.
    5) If anything, depression causes paranoia and he may have taken offense when he was in a dark place already, but I don’t think the teasing was in bad faith. Don liked to make fun of himself as much as the others did. It was part of his schtick. He was funny and goofy.

  25. Dena says:

    Adult Bullying
    Well, we now can add copy/paste to your accomplishments. You get a gold star today!

    You have provided information on student bullying. Very well done. You say it’s different than adult bullying but you don’t provide any information on that. I’d make an educated guess to say that they are very similar. I’d also use my cognitive reasoning abilities to be able to observe a variety of behaviors in both adults & children, as would any reasonable adult or child…or even dog.
    Yes, I did notice these things on the broadcasts over time. That’s why I brought it up.

    And I find your behavior through your comments to be aggressive and harassing. My name is Dena. It’s not Oprah or Suzy. I also observe that you may have done poorly in school as evidenced by your lack of basic grammar, punctuation and higher order/critical thinking skills. But I’m not going to insult you personally by trying to guess whether or not you smoke, drink alcohol, have a job, etc.

    Proper names are capitalized. Ma’am is an abbreviation of Madame and is not spelled mam. I only point these things out so that you may learn. I’m not trying to make you feel badly about yourself. You were seeking attention and I am giving it to you. You’re welcome!

    I appreciate that you posted the information from Dan Olweus’ book. It is very helpful and exactly the kind of information I hoped this conversation would bring to light. I’ll give you an “A”…and did you know that A is for Awesome!

  26. chuck says:

    @Dena
    Welcome aboard.

    Couple things, disregard Harley, unless your a psych major in need of a dissertation for a Doctorate.

    And…, you quoted Eldridge Cleaver. “You are either going to be part of the problem or part of the solution.”

    I am hoping, that as an “Inner city middle school teacher of science”, you are spending more time covering Neal Degrasse Tyson and very little covering the ex mayor’s brother and the The Black Panthers.

  27. chuck says:

    By the way,
    Your points are reasonable and well taken imo.

    🙂

  28. harley says:

    dena….you’re kind of hot when youre insulting people
    coming to hearnes party?. It would be great to have another intellectual besides myself.
    But be careful if you come…glaze is known to be “hot for teacher” but on the other hand
    he’s into young chicks and you’re looking about 40-43. Thats usually the age of moms of the
    girls he dates!!!!!!
    Hope to see you (provided its not at jardines) and don’t forget to bring your ouija board (did i spell it
    right). That way you can provide more info on the topics at hand and predict what happened to
    people we know…and give us your intrinisic and clinical outlook on other pressing topics that
    hearne brings up on a daily basis here at kcc.

  29. harley says:

    rrrrrrooooobbbbbeeerrrrrrttttoooooo
    you already ran off all the other hot chicks on this site by trying to jump them. You’re killing
    glaze. He needs some more girls for his possee.
    Stay away from dena. and don’t stalk the poor woman on her facebook page. Leave her alone
    because we know how bad you are with the ladies.
    In other words….stop trying to be romantic with dena on kcc. It doesnt work trying to get dates
    on hearnes site. Try maturesingles or seniorsingles.com. Thats what you really need.
    and besides…you can’t try and make your phony moves on her..she’s too smart for that.

  30. Dena says:

    You’re kind of sexist when you’re bullying women
    Not coming, sorry to disappoint you. And I’m not looking to date anyone here. Often, when people can’t find anything intelligent to say, they will try to deflect attention to something off-topic or completely ridiculous in order to avoid having to deal with reality. It’s a defense mechanism. This isn’t about me, Harley, or who Glazer dates.

    But I LOVE the ouija board idea! And yes, you spelled it correctly. (It would probably go over better at a seance, though.) That’s two. Two gold stars for Harley today. But that isn’t even your real name now, is it?

    This is fun. I can’t keep this up every day, though. : (

  31. too sad says:

    Dena, thank you!
    I appreciate your willingness to put yourself out there and address the white elephant in the room. Many people, including myself, share your concerns about what was happening to Don on the morning “show.” I think anyone with any emotional intelligience (heart) could tell that how Halifax and Alford treated Don was horribly wrong. Bullying destroys the lives of it’s victims. I think Don would be happy that he has brought some attention to the seriousness of workplace bullying.

  32. harley says:

    i found it…i found it…i found it…i found it…i found
    it!
    Been searching for months…I can’t believe i found it…
    a FEMALE SMARTMAN(WOMAN)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    funny…yet insulting! dont leave…we need more women with an edge!
    we NEED YOU!
    i promise…no more harsh language…
    hearne will shower you with blanc burgers…glaze will shower you with free comedy passes…
    stay

  33. Hearne Christopher says:

    Don’t forget that waaaaaay less than 1 percent of our readers EVER comment. They get it.

  34. Hearne Christopher says:

    Read the comment I added to the story near the end by a local businessman who asked that I not use his name. Sounds like there may have been a lot more to this story

  35. Nick Manning says:

    Other comments about “HANGING FROM THE RAFTERS”
    Anonymous said…

    Hey, remember, it was the great Hearne Christopher who reported that he saw Buck Buchanan doing lawn work a few years after Buck died. And that nugget was in the Star where he had editors trying to correct his errors before they were actually printed.
    With the Harman story he has now reported the wrong cause of death, inferred Harman was a suspect in a killing, and is now saying Harman’s co-workers caused him to commit suicide. That’s like some sort of media error trifecta.
    Bet the Star is still celebrating his firing. Nice job of Tony calling him out.

  36. chuck says:

    “Hanging from the rafters.”
    is the news, unabridged, sometimes eroneous, but always, with the new paradigmes in mind.

    Here are those “New” paradigmes. In the NEW breaking news world, if you don’t report EVERY word and event you are privy to, by way of inference and implication, you LOSE!!

    kcconfidential is, at this point, the 4th most looked at blog, and internet site in the midwest.

    People I have sourced, way computer smarter than me, have gone on line, checked their sources and confirmed, that the Pitch, is falling and failing. Tony’s Kansas City, TKC, is static and appeals to a demographic that is myopic, agenda driven, and in fact, out of touch with mainstream America. Hearne’s “kcconfidential” is the go to fountainhead for information that people in Kansas City want to know about.

    kcconfidential’s hits, unique hits are an unambiguated rising tide, of the news here in Kansas City. Sorry, its true.

    Hundreds of thousands of hits every day, on this news site, are undisputable, and, in fact, good news.

    Here is the down side.

    We are ALL sorry about D Harman’s suicide. That is, of course, NOT in dispute.

    Sorry you guys, its NEWS!!

    Just admit it, you wanna kill the messenger.

    Thats human, I understand it.

    The fact is (don’t lie to me.) if your all standing around in your cul de sac, bullshitting about it, there is conjecture, and misinformation, that will only be addressed, by Hearne, or the Mainstream Media.

    Oh yeah, the mainstream media, will fuckin NEVER tell you the truth. It will be editorialized, vetted and, if the powers that be (Thanks so much Jesus, for those folks who slant the news, and mitigate the pain for us poor plebes, I know it would be hard for me to take the truth.) have their way, then YOU, yes YOU will NEVER get the truth.

    Fuck the mainstream media!

    kcconfidential, TKC, GregHall, they all give us the real unvarnished truth, as it breaks!

  37. big smelly says:

    A touch of professionalism for you trolls
    I have over 64 years experience in suicide counceling and work bullying. I have council people after they commit suicide. I sometimes enjoy eating sand. One time I slipped and fell and striated my leg on a slippery pile of dog excrement. Don Harmon, in fact, was the weatherman for Fox 4. This we know to be true. Were his coworkers bung holes? Were they chafing and in need of some T.P. for their bungholios? we can only speculate.

  38. big smelly says:

    TO THE DISTINGUISHED MR.HARLEY (or MRS.)
    Excuse me, Mr.Harley? I was going to spend some of my precious minutes ripping you a new cornhole, but I have to make an abrupt and unscheduled exit. My house keeper has phoned me and informed me that I need to go back to my house, and put some water in your momma’s dish. She’s gettin mighty thirsty!

  39. Markus Aurelius says:

    Dena – ignore Harley he’s a bigoted, insecure know-it-all
    Dena, Thanks for adding some thoughtful, respectful, mature comments to the board. You can pretty much ignore Harley and Smartman for their endless, infantile and self-aggrandizing comments.

  40. justin says:

    It’s true
    As a close friend of the Harman family I can say with 100% confidence that banter every morning was not a comedy act. Worse is all the warning signs were there at the station yet no one considered taking him by the arm and driving him to the hospital? Was Fox 4 really a family? Yeah a disfunctional one!

  41. too sad says:

    Justin, I have a couple of questions.
    The pain that Don’s family and friends are experiencing right now, especially with this tragedy being so public, is inconcieveable. I would like to know, if they are finding any comfort to learn that so many people were disturbed by what was happening to Don? I have tremendous guilt for not speaking out against it when I first became aware of it. Do you know if people were voicing their concerns before his death?

  42. Hearne Christopher says:

    Incorrect. It was a tiny item in which a downtown businessman and developer that made the statement and nobody at the Star – not me or any of the editors caught it

  43. too sad says:

    depression awareness campaign
    Can’t find that “weepy” discussion(depression awareness) video clip anywhere now? I would think it would be invaluable to help bring awareness to the problem of depression, especially during the holidays.

  44. DJ says:

    SORRY !
    To intelligent for this site…..GEEEEEEZ..Just wasted my time…..Reply if you wish..but you will be wasting your time as I have more important things to do…….Been through the teenage years with teenagers….won”t spend time with so called adults that obvious has not developed full function of their FRONTAL CORTEX ….!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  45. Hearne Christopher says:

    put it back up

  46. Seriously???? says:

    Say what???
    Hell, when you going to stop?? Having a slow week in KC? Nobody else to kick around??
    If you watched Fox 4, its called TEASING. Ever heard of it? They were friends, hell. You never get teased by your friends? Oh, but then I guess you would have to have some you wouldnt sell out for a “piece of (mis)information.”

  47. Hearne Christopher says:

    Yeah, right

  48. Benjamin Meade says:

    Campbell’s (Dena) argument NOT TOO FAR FETCHED
    Look. I realize that adults (at least in theory) should be able to take care of themselves at work. Unfortunately we do not live in a perfect Hernish Culture. Bullying on the job, in academics, the arts, church-you name it-IT IS AN AMERICAN EPIDEMIC. Christ where have you been dude? Over the past three (3) years there have been five (5) books on the bestseller list concerning this issue.

    Here some definitions so you can get the basics:

    BULLING 1-2 PEOPLE

    MOBBING 3 OR MORE

    Simple huh? The point is that for what ever reason, when a person or a group wants you out, they find a way to get you out. Regardless or your work performance, your tenure status, even what you bring to the financial table the fact is that little brained people seek out other little brained people forming one homunculus that collectively follow a carefully choreographed dance (like in Lord of the Flies) to bring someone down by “any means necessary” (to quote Malcolm the 10th). It’s happening all over the place, and oh my gosh….maybe even Kansas CIty. It’s said though, I mean compared to the case of Bishop Finn. Most people I know would like to see this guy on a spit and what happens to him? A private apartment atop 20 west 9th street with a private chapel. All the bullying in the world could not chap this guys ass. I guess that’s my point. The people who should get bullied get rewarded, and the ones being bullied take the heat. I have no way of knowing about the late weatherman, but the possibility is there. The other option for those being bullied is to take a gun to work-I AM NOT CONDONING THIS-I simply understand how a person could be driven to it like many kids I read about.

  49. McGruff says:

    It Wasnt Bullying-Do You Want to Know The Truth?
    Don didn’t die because of bullying. That behavior was Don and Mark’s Shstick. The truth is that Don’s wife was running around with a younger guy and he killed himself when she served him with divorce papers and his beloved little girl was going to be taken out of his life. This was not chronic depression which is a chemical issue. This was real and situational and no medication would have been effective. His heart was broken. I hope she is proud of herself, I hope she is tormented for the rest of her life. One day that little girl will know the truth of her mother did to her daddy.

  50. Dave says:

    Hearne can’t handle the truth
    Rumor has it that Hearne Christopher kidnapped Baby Lisa! So he could eventually impregnate her and use HER baby’s stem cells to firm up his sagging scrotum! Stay tuned! (Hey, it’s just a rumor …)

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