Imagine being in a relationship with someone on the Kansas City Star editorial board…
No matter what the topic, they’re always right. For each and every issue that makes the news, they and they alone know the answers.
And who doesn’t like being treated to daily doses of finger wagging?
Case in point, the recent unsigned “editorial” trashing highly regarded conservative columnist and honors Yale grad Michael Knowles speech at UMKC.
“At UMKC, a D-List conservative was sad to be squirted with the makings of a bubble bath,” reads the headline.
Talk about “catty,” it reads more like a high school hit job than a newspaper editorial.
“OK, so that wasn’t bleach that one of a handful of protesters squirted on a D-list conservative speaker at a poorly attended event at UMKC…” it begins. “Video of it shows rows and rows of empty seats at (Knowles) talk ‘Men Are Not Women.'”
Hey, nice put down!
That said, the editorial ran unsigned – which all things considered was kin of gutless – but I can tell you from experience, they’re generally written by a single writer.
For example in the not too distant past, it wasn’t hard to tell the editorials written by longtime former Star firebrand Yael Abouhalkah.
Now I’m going to inch out on a limb and tell you that the betting money on who authored this snidely snipe was Star librarian-turned editorial also ran Derek Donovan.
That’s right, because Donovan – who is gay and a huge David Bowie devotee – has the thinnest skin of anybody I ever worked with at the newspaper.
Not to mention Knowles put forth the proposition that while the LGBT community (who taunted him throughout his speech) is welcome to assume whatever gender identity they wish, it doesn’t change their underlying sex.
Pointing specifically to transgender men starting to dominateUnfortunately women’s sports.
Unfortunately for the Star and Donovan, Knowles point is backed by science:
“In humans the presence of the Y chromosome determines if an offspring develops as a male and the absence of the Y chromosome results in a female offspring.”
And just like the LGBT audience members who taunted Knowles with childish chides and offensive gestures, so did Donovan’s editorial.
“The editorial reads like he’s writing it in his ‘Mean Girls’ diary,” says one local reader. “Ever see that movie? UMKC let the protesters go on for too long. They should have kicked them out and let him give his lecture.”
Anyone who’s dealt much with Donovan knows he’s ultra thin skinned.
A few years back former Star editor Jim Fitzpatrick – generally speaking a supporter of the newspaper – asked Donovan for his opinion on its corrections policy:
“Nope, I don’t have any comment,” Donovan snapped. “I learned the hard way that interacting with anti-Star bloggers is a losing game for me.”
Uh, so who exactly now is the D-lister here?