The burning question in the comments section these days is…
“Where is KC Confidential’s most polarizing columnist?”
The man, the myth, the legend… Mr. Craig Glazer.
I had the opportunity to interview our fearless leader, Mr.
Hearne Christopher, Jr. and Glazer about what happened and, as the saying goes, “its complicated.”
There are three sides to every story- what he said, what she said and what really happened.
Here’s what I’ve found out about the situation…
Hearne’s take on things – which I find to be compelling and professionally presented – is as he states that, “Craig was a lot of work to edit and fact check,” (Harley criticizing my facts in 1,2,3). And that Hearne spent “far more time getting Craig’s work ready to be published than the rest of all the other columnists combined.”
I completely sympathize with Hearne here.
It’s a lot of work running KCC. He’s the publisher, editor, writer, sales rep, etc. for the site. And he’s getting ready to launch a sister site in Lawrence. A lot of work indeed!
Craig doesn’t dispute this.
He states that he’s paid substantial sums of money to “ghost and screenwriters” owing to his lack of “writing skills.”
But, as I wholeheartedly agree, Craig sees himself as a “great story teller.”
Any reader of this site would not dispute that.
His stories are VERY entertaining- outlandish and sleazy as some of them may be – they are anything but dull.
That’s the loggerhead.
And as I see things, the “solution to every problem is within the problem.”
There’s a lot of history between these two gentlemen.
And I don’t detect any “bad blood’ between them. BUT- there is a “problem”- although it seems to be more professional than adversarial.
I may be wrong, but here’s my “spin” on things.
I think there is a directional split between the two. Mr. Glazer, as supremely entertaining as he may be, will never be confused with being a serious journalist.
And I think Hearne sees the site as an extension of what he did at the Star, which was a very interesting mix of journalism, gossip and culture.
I first met Hearne in his “Man about Town” role at the grand opening of the Velvet Dog in the early 1990s and went on to be featured in his column during my somewhat dubious term as Clay Chastain’s Campaign Manager in the 1995 KC Mayoral Election.
I later turned to him when Taran Noah Smith (Mark Taylor) from Home Improvement- was on the run from his parents with the girl who accompanied me to my Senior Prom- Heidi Van Pelt.
Pelt by the way currently cooks the best Vegan Cuisine in the city at Fud.
The two were hiding out in my basement in Lawrence while the National Enquirer was busily hunting him down.
I called Hearne and gave him the exclusive to their wedding, knowing he would give the story a fair shake. Which was a lot to ask – being that Heidi was 34 and Taran was 17 – and everyone saw her as just a relentless gold-digger.
Hearne covered the very outrageous story with more professionalism than those I dealt with during my interviews and appearances on Entertainment Tonight, Inside Edition, , etc…
Those Hollywood and New York types were complete assholes in how they twisted and distorted what was going on. As crazy as it sounds- I do believe Heidi and Taran were in love and if there were villains- they were Taran’s parents, trying to loot what was left of his trust fund.
In a nutshell, I find Hearne to be a consummate professional in the somewhat sleazy world of gossip and innuendo. He doesn’t make crap up like so many of the people who infest that type of journalism.
That’s why almost a year ago, I contacted him to become a writer at KCC.
I love writing here and it’s a labor of love, so to speak.
And I’m very glad that Hearne allows me to voice opinions, of which there are few that I think he agrees with.
In almost a year- he has never “kiboshed” a column- no matter how much he may have disagreed with my view.
Which is why I think there is room for Glazer at KCC.
Lets face it, sleaze sells!
Back when the print media mattered, the National Enquirer was the most read newspaper in America, selling more issues that the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and USA Today combined- that’s ALL their issues for the week combined!
Now I’m not calling Mr. Glazer sleazy, but some of his stories and exploits are CRAZY and not being done by any man in KC, his age or younger for that matter.
Glazer is not just a local celebrity, he’s a true “character” – something KC has VERY few of.
Going back to the solution again, the problem is within the problem.
Glazer is a very time consuming talent to have at the site, so the best way to deal with things is to limit his contributions.
But his stories are much too interesting and appealing to the
“TMZ Generation” to just disappear forever.
And from talking to Hearne, he still wants to tell Glazer’s stories, but he wants to tell them by him writing them, instead of Craig writing them.
And Glazer being Glazer, he loves having a local, written platform for his exploits.
Hearne and Glazer have known each other for far too long to not have their working relationship continue. And from what I gleaned from talking to both, they don’t want it to end.
And love Glazer or hate him, he is a great contributor to KCC.
But Hearne needs more time to write and manage his burgeoning web empire.
My vote is for Glazer to return to KCC in a limited capacity.