It’s hardly news that our nation’s newspapers’ fortunes have dimmed.
Locally the Star’s light has diminished such it barely illuminates important city issues, 1 often leaving its readers entirely in the dark concerning county and regional events. And their editorial board? Fagettaboutit!
Indeed the Star’s editorial board has been a major source of contention, with readers split into predictable “too liberal”, “too wishy washy” and “too conservatives” camps. 2 Most recently the Star furloughed their entire editorial board, leaving only new publisher Tony Berg to pen editorials for the Star – hardly an ideal situation.
But the Star rebuilt its editorial board (complete with new blood to reinvigorate a few old hands), sparking hope the newspaper might return as the foremost voice of our region. 3 4 Monday’s editorial perhaps breathed a whisper of life into that optimism:
At some point, embarrassingly late begins to verge on something more disquieting.
President Donald Trump has silently planted himself in that space.
Nearly a week has passed since two India-born engineers were singled out and shot at an Olathe bar, presumably because they were immigrants, darker in skin tone and possibly viewed by the shooter as unwanted foreigners…
But it is a noteworthy stance for a paper that rarely takes them. So much so other newspapers noticed:
The Kansas City Star’s editorial board asks where their president is. https://t.co/kSAQnVMBgt
— Matt Pearce (@mattdpearce) February 28, 2017
Is there an explanation for Trump’s silence after Kansas attack on Indian immigrants? KC Star can’t see a good one. https://t.co/bQ324xvcxV
— Jeff Gelles (@JeffGelles) February 28, 2017
I grew up here. My best friend is a member of the Indian community. This editorial on the tragedy is v. unusual. https://t.co/qjurhx33FS
— Audrey Cooper (@audreycoopersf) February 28, 2017
This I promising, folks. Star editorials don’t normally warrant a full read, much less a second look AND comments from writers of national papers.
Should the editorial board continue in this vein, we might just see a resurgence of the reasoned leadership for which the Star for was once known. And that’s not a bad thing.
- Why, for example, no hue and cry from the Star over Sly’s refusing a state audit of the KCMO Water Department? That’s EXACTLY the of troubling behavior that needs to be spotlighted. ↩
- WNBTv fell squarely in the “too wishy washy” camp. ↩
- For more details on this, see this post over at JimmyC Says. ↩
- Fitz’s blog should be considered the definitive source for all things Star related. Thor knows the newspaper is worse than useless when it comes to covering its own foibles. ↩