Category Archives: Hearne_Christopher

Hearne: Why The Oscars No Longer Matter

Sometimes I feel like I’m trapped on some sort of death watch… So many things are going south these days it’s hard to keep track. Sears, the Kansas City Star and Pitch, network television, shopping malls – civility in politics – the list … Continue reading

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Hearne: Star Launches Laughable ‘Free Speech’ Argument

Close but no cigar… The Kansas City Star’s feeble attempt to characterize Kansas Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning’s lawsuit against the newspaper in regard to its monumental fuck up of editing and running Steve Rose‘s bogus hit piece against Denning is laughable. … Continue reading

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Hearne: Hot VW News Your Can Use

Since as most of you know, I’m hot and heavy in the VW / BMW biz these days… Why not share? Especially since we’re in a pretty heavy duty transition now in terms of our automotive futures. And of course, … Continue reading

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Hearne: Star Business Main Man Mark Davis Headed for the Hills

Last one out… With Kansas City Star parent McClatchy struggling to keep its head above water, another round of ostensibly voluntary  buyouts / layoffs is now under way at the newspaper. The most notable journalist preparing to walk the plank: … Continue reading

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Hearne: Shocker—Boulevard ‘Chocolate Ale’ Finally Delivers

They finally got it right… Four years back I broke down and took the bait on Boulevard Brewing’s much ballyhooed Chocolate Ale. It had been out long enough for me to have soaked up the hype. Valentine’s Day was fast approaching, and … Continue reading

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Hearne: Reader Request – Timeline for Star Print Edition

Ask and you shall receive… Inquiring comments section minds want to know: “Quick question and asking for an opinion…I take a subscription to the Star and have for 19 years. Perhaps for different reasons than you think. I take it … Continue reading

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Hearne: Inside Newsroom Baseball With Steve Rose

I’ll let you in on a secret, Steve Rose was never a journalist… He was the publisher of an inherited neighborhood weekly his parents started that he successfully helped oversee as it prospered alongside the growth of Johnson County Kansas as it exploded … Continue reading

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Hearne: KC Star Looking for a Few Good ‘Thrill Seekers’

Talk about head scratchers… Describing the past 10 years of working at the Kansas City Star as daunting and disheartening for its news staff would be a massive understatement. Death row denizens have lead less stressful lives. Hey, the average … Continue reading

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Hearne: Channeling Craig Glazer on Chiefs Sunday

This just in from the cutting edge comments section of KC Confidential… “I’ve been reading only TKC lately, but how come The Scribe hasn’t posted his prediction and pics for the AFC and NFC championship?” – buddy christ   Boy-oh-boy, … Continue reading

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Hearne: You Won’t Find This in Local Media…Not Yet

Having blown out star Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt… We don’t hear or read much about the player who likely would have vied with quarterback Patrick Mahomes for team MVP. Not unless you have a penchant for Internet searches. Which is … Continue reading

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Hearne: Star Drops Ball on Kareem Hunt USA Today Scoop

Nobody in the journalism racket likes getting scooped…. Especially when it’s by an out-of-town news competitor and takes place in their own back yard. Such was the case recently when USA Today unleashed a major scoop outlining the fact that … Continue reading

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Hearne: Pitch Hanging By Thread

Once upon a time – not that long ago actually – the Pitch mattered… You know, in terms of news and reporting. Charles Feruzza was the premier foodie in town. Steve Vockrodt was there with stories that bordered on investigative … Continue reading

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Hearne: Back in the Saddle…Again

Time flies when you’re having fun… And while that’s a pretty lame excuse for KCC’s recent disappearing act, I’ve got a better one…as in, a lamer one. Without going into tedious detail,  a combination of holiday vaca and technical issues … Continue reading

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Hearne: Kareem Hunt & the Ugly Underside of Sports

It’s come to this… So desperate are Chiefs fans to get their unadulterated, win-at-any-cost fix that anything goes – no exceptions. Remind you of anything? Like when what seems a lifetime ago Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis muttered his infamous, “Just … Continue reading

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Hearne: KU Coach Bill Self’s Recipe for Success: Just Cheat, Baby!

Who said cheaters never win? I doubt Bill  Self’s parents ever gave him that advice. If they did, he didn’t listen. Self’s more of the Al Davis “just win baby” school of thought. Good thing, too, I guess. Think of … Continue reading

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Hearne: Scribe’s Spirit Reaches Out, Picks My Pocket

This may come as a shock to those of you who knew me back in my lost youth, but I don’t make sports bets… I know, shocker. But during a friendly phone call earlier this evening from Uptown Theater main … Continue reading

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Hearne: Recipe for Star Survival

These are desperate times for big city newspapers… In no small part because the days of them charging usurious subscription and ad rates are a thing of the past, thanks to Al Gore‘s worldwide web. Net result: Newspapers like the Kansas … Continue reading

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Hearne: Is Bill Snyder Driving K-State Football Into a Ditch?

Tell it like it is time… A certain KC Confidential sports sage liked to remind readers that Kansas State football was little more than “a nice little team.” A football program being piloted by a soon-to-be octogenarian named Bill Snyder. Which … Continue reading

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Hearne: Brace Yourselves, I’m Heading Home

Enough with the promises and threats… The die is cast, I’ll be moving back to the Cowtown on July 6th. That’s right, mark your calendars because I’ve been saving up. It’s hard writing about KC while living in Lawrence and … Continue reading

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Hearne: Fare Thee Well Jeneé, We Hardly Knew Ye

This was way overdue…  Kansas City Star columnist Jeneé Osterheldt has been living on borrowed time. Don’t get me wrong, she’s a very nice person, but some seriously top notch journalists have bitten the dust during her 16 year tenure at … Continue reading

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