Everybody’s looking a story to tell, me included…
But on the front page of Wednesday’s Kansas City Star, the newspaper leaps to an unsupported conclusion that locals are “feeling better” about Boulevard Brewing being sold to a Belgian company. Why? Simply because the Star ran a couple quotes from people with vested interests in maintaining a positive relationship with whoever owns Boulevard?
That hardly constitutes a case study.
Hey boosterism, with rare exception, is the game the Star likes to play.
However that doesn’t justify the front page graphic – ostensibly intended to further ease reader’s concerns over the Boulevard buy out – listing a “sampling” of other “locally grown Kansas City businesses” that got bought out by insiders “over the years.”
Hold it right there…
Over the years?
The ink is barely dry on the sale of two of the four companies listed – AMC Theatres and Sprint. Both companies were sold in the past year – AMC to Chinese interests and Sprint to Japan’s Softbank – with the ramifications of those sales about as up in the air as they could be. In fact, movie insiders have wondered aloud as to the likelihood of AMC leaving Kansas City.
And who the heck knows ultimately what may become of Sprint?
“China Worries Arise in Sprint Deal,” reads one Wall Street Journal headline earlier this year.
A third company listed – the Kansas City Chiefs – is a head scratcher. Since when did founder/owner Lamar Hunt‘s Dallas born team become a local company that got bought out by “outsiders?”
The fourth business listed is the Kansas City Royals, and yes, they did get bought out by a WalMart refugee from Arkansas who saddled the team and the city with his inept son and took the team from playoff contenders to perennial bottom dwellers.
Could worse examples have been selected to illustrate that fans of Boulevard Beer have nothing to worry about?
Probably, but those companies are long gone.