Talk about burying the lead…
More evidence that the Kansas City Star reads KC Confidential comes in the form of a top of the page sports section story about Mizzou footballer Michael Sam’s significant other in today’s newspaper in an item written by FYI writer Liza Gutierrez.
“Sam’s partner ex-Hawklet swimmer” is the headline to a piece rehashing days old news reports about Vito Cammisano having swam competitively for the University of Missouri from 2009 to 2012.
However instead of just owning up to a lapse in reporting – as did the New York Daily News – Gutierrez buried the part about Vito’s ties to his family’s famous local crime ties in the final paragraphs at the end of her story.
Almost as an afterthought.
Unlike the Daily News that took a better-late-than-never approach and reported Cammisano’s family ties straight up:
“Michael Sam’s boyfriend Vito Cammisano comes from line of Midwest mobsters” its headline reads.
“The hunky 23-year-old is the grandson of the late Mafia boss William (Willie the Rat) Cammisano — who reportedly got his name for the way he disposed of bodies — and the son of Gerlarmo (Jerry) Cammisano, 60, who followed in the family’s shady business and ended up doing prison time for running a Kansas City-based gambling ring, according to records,” the Daily News story begins.
“There is no evidence that Cammisano has ever been involved with the Civella crime family of Kansas City like his grandfather.
“By all reports, he’s a stand-up guy. A 2013 graduate of the University Missouri with a degree in communications, Cammisino swam competitively for Mizzou from 2009 to 2012.”
Meanwhile back in the FYI section, columnist Jeneé Osterheldt weighed in with an 18 paragraph attaboy for the wet one Sam planted on Vito for all to see without so much of a mention of Cammisano’s KC ties.
Small town newspapering at its finest!