However, their violation of every known standard of fairness over the years when they had a monopoly here means, to me at least, that they deserve every sling and arrow they get.
In 1978, I got into an argument with Laura Scott of the Star over the paper’s coverage of a U.S. Senate candidate in Kansas. I may have won the argument, but not the war. The Star editorial page, initially under Ms. Scott’s direction, has now waged a vendetta against me for THIRTY-FIVE YEARS!
It has continued on through numerous political races, both as a candidate myself and as a supporter of other candidates, and even has extended to refusing to publish seven Letters to the Editor, on a variety of topics, that I’ve submitted.
The low point came about 15 years ago when I visited an Ozark folk Festival in Carthage, Missouri. The law firm I was working for (ironically, the Star’s own law firm, Lathrop & Gage) had done work for the event’s promoter and he’d promised he would have a check for them if I came down to it.
While in Carthage for the “American Heritage Festival and Expo” that weekend, I met Judy Thomas of the Star. (She still writes for them I understand.) I spoke to Judy about the weather. Imagine my surprise when I read on the front page of the KC Star the following Sunday that I was among the more prominent attendees at a white supremacist rally and gathering of the Aryan Brotherhood. There was absolutely no basis for that description and I immediately wrote the Star to correct the record.
Well, if love “means never having to say you’re sorry,” so does writing for the Kansas City Star. You can offer the most cogent, well-reasoned objections to their coverage and, like the end of Hamlet, “the rest is silence.”
I modestly suggest the following letter submitted 15 years ago for inclusion in the forthcoming collection;
“The One Hundred Best Letters Never Published by The KC Star.” (The Star may never respond directly to criticism but the payback in terms of hostile and abusive coverage aimed at any erstwhile critic is a wonder to behold!)