From the ultra conservative Thomas McClanahan, who retired without fanfare earlier this year, to the ultra liberal Steve Paul of the FYI section, who the newspaper announced today would join the board.
“They replaced Mr. Dodge Ram, Tom McClanahan, with Mr. Toyota Prius, Steve Paul,” said one wag at 18th and Grand.
Funny thing, Paul drives a gold Prius.
As for replacing McClanahan with Paul, “That’s too bad,” says local writer/producer/politico Jack Cashill. “At least with McClanahan the Star had a token conservative. You had to look hard to find him, but at least he was there.
“Now, in the midst of two Red States, the Star doesn’t have a single right-leaning person on its entire editorial staff,” Cashill adds. “That doesn’t strike me as a good marketing strategy.”
“I think Steve’s tired of working too hard in the FYI section with all of the departures and changes there the past several years,” says another Star staffer. “In the editorial section he won’t have to work that hard and he maybe can continue to do restaurant reviews because he likes to eat out on the company dime.”
As for Paul’s qualifications for weighing in on local business and politics, “His depth of knowledge about the city, arts, architecture, all things Hemingway, and world travel position him for great contributions ahead,” reads a Star memo announcing the move.
Arts, architecture, “all things Hemmingway, world travel?
“I know Steve and he’s a good guy,” Cashill says. “But I mean, how many editorials can you write about Ernest Hemingway and architecture in Kansas City?”