New York hanging by a thread, the fate of the presidency suspended precipitously and KC Confidential about to get a serious facelift. Hope is fading and more than five months have passed since last Jimmy C wagged his journalistic finger at evildoers.
Well, guess what? He’s back!
Ladies and gentlemen, the blogger known as Jim Fitzpatrick – late of both the Star and KC Confidential – is blogging like a fool once again at jimmycsays.com.
It was May 11th of this year that Young Frankenstein – I mean, Fitzpatrick – last stuck his journalistic harpoon in the Washington Post, dinging the newspaper for its failing circulation and bluster.
So what brought Sir Fitz back, you may ask?
The election? Fitzpatrick is a known political geek. Nah. It was his beloved Star, that he reads in broadsheet form each day, firmly scolding it with one hand, gently stroking it with the other.
Fitzpatrick tore into the Star for its 8 percent drop in circulation, first reported by Alex Parker‘s mediaKC on Tuesday.
“To me, that is a breathtaking loss, even in these days of a relentless circulation retreat for major metropolitan dailies throughout the country,” Fitzpatrick sputtered as he shook back to life. “It has to be terrible news for publisher Mi-Ai Parrish, who told readers in a recent column that The Star would implement in December charges for online access to The Star’s content.”
Not that Fitzpatrick is an expert on advertising sales and marketing but still…
“Not only is that an elevator-crashing percentage – 8 percent – but the paper also now appears to have lost any chance to stay at or above the 300,000 mark for Sunday,” he continued, adding in bold and italics, “That 8 percent decrease will either force The Star to drop its advertising rates or almost certainly will drive some advertisers away.”
So cross your fingers, ladies and gents, that the coming week’s election will spark optimism and hasten this sleepy economic recovery that’s loping along so timidly.
As for Jimmy C, let’s give him a warm welcome back and hope that he doesn’t slip in the shower while celebrating!