The expectation being, I guess, that I’d hop on the Spank Scott train and ride to Jeneé’s rescue.
Well, I won’t.
Not because Wilson didn’t just about totally lose it in burning Osterheldt at the journalistic stake. He did. And that’s something you’re better off not doing as a writer. It’s almost always better to count to 10.
That said, while the subject matter of many (if not most) of Jeneé’s columns tends to be on the light side, she’s hardly Kansas City’s “worst writer.”
Clearly Wilson has yet to edit a Craig Glazer column.
Wilson is a dude – and a dude with fangs I might add. And one who grew up journalistically in an environment where investigative reporting and corporal punishment are generally the order of the day.
Jeneé on the other hand – although she’s been getting a little edgier – is not above writing about how much she loves her VW New Beetle, how tasty the chicken sandwiches at Chick-fil-A are and other light hearted topics and observational musings on current events.
Hard hitting? Not even close.
Wilson barbecued Jeneé for her alleged “preschool logic” and “sub-Kardashian shallowness.”
That’s a bit much.
It’s really just that she’s a nice guy type of grrrl who’s writing in what is loosely known at 18th and Grand as the “women’s section” of the paper. Not to mention, for readers probably old enough to be Wilson’s grandparents.
Now allow me to join forces with Wilson for just a minute.
If I were Jeneé’s editor – and as it happens, I’m reasonably well-acquainted with that person – I would take Jeneé aside and steer her down a different news path.
It’s not like that never happens at the Star.
I’d counsel Jeneé that the time had come to start covering some news. Actual news.
Entertainment news, business news, society and real estate news, political and sports news. News, news. News that either isn’t getting much if any coverage and news with a bit of an edge and or humor component to it.
And Jeneé could do it.
It would take some work and wouldn’t happen overnight but the world would be a better place. All Jeneé needs is a good editor to guide the way.
And maybe, after she grew some of those fangs (like Wilson’s), she’d start getting into it. Then she’d be too pissed to eat a No. 1 with Cheese at Chick-fil-A – let alone write about it – after skewering the company’s founder for supporting hate groups.
Matter of fact a journalist should almost never admit – let alone write at length – about ordering a No. 1 with Cheese at Chick-fil-A. Too much information. It’s time to put readers on a diet where Osterheldt’s fast food preferences are concerned.
Then maybe – down the road a bit – when that ill-fated day arrives and Jeneé gets the ax at the Star, Wilson could do the unthinkable.
Anyway, that’s my take on the subject.