Here’s why many people think the Kansas City Star appears to be on its last legs…
One of the first thoughts that crossed my mind Sunday after I read on Fox News about the Schlitterbahn tragedy was, that with the home court advantage, the Star would have the scoop on what really happened – you know, in explicit detail.
Was I ever wrong!
Oh they undoubtedly had them alright, but for some reason or other the newspaper declined to report that a 10 year-old boy who died on the ridiculously dangerous Verrückt water slide had reportedly been decapitated.
Too gruesome for the public to digest? Too extreme for the boy’s family to endure?
The grim reality being that we live in a world where public beheadings and all sorts of gruesome acts – things like small children being mowed down by trucks – are part and parcel of everyday life.
So in lieu of telling it like it is – which by the way, as I write this police have confirmed to People Magazine and even Wikipedia is reported the beheading. While Kansas City’s newspaper of record has yet to report the news.
Instead, the Star teased readers Tuesday with a huge, front page headline and nearly an entire page filled with photos, stories and graphs tiptoeing around the known facts under the headline, “Questions still swirl in boy’s death.”
That coupled with a lame column by one of the newspaper’s least savvy newsies, Mary Sanchez, scolding readers and other media for obsessing on the tragic news, as if that might lessen the boy’s family’s grief.
“Temper it, people,” Sanchez snapped, adding “social media has become a battering ram for the ethically challenged.”
How about legitimate news organizations worldwide from not just this country but England and Germany? Mainstream media that reported the decapitation story the Star had opted not to.
As if Sanchez and the Star were somehow taking the high road.
Fat chance. Continue reading