Wednesday, April 22, 2009

MSM: Time for the ugly

Well, you knew it was coming, time to highlight the ugly part of the MSM in Kansas. I'll just hit two today and then move on to greener pastures.

The Kansas City Star is one of the poorest newspapers around. Unlike other conservatives, I'm not going to say that all of their financial troubles are due to biased reporting, because they're not. Newspapers everywhere are falling on hard times and that certainly explains many of the Star's problems away. But the Star certainly isn't helping itself when they cut newsroom and hard hitting journalists versus their left groupie editorial staff.

I've known the Star to actively suppress stories. The Star was one of the last to report the escapades of Paul Morrison that the Capital Journal uncovered. And the Star certainly hasn't seen a liberal politician they didn't like.

All in all, the Star is a wrech of a paper, and although I don't want to see the downfall of the newspaper industry I certainly won't be sad to see the Star go under. Not everything befalling the Star is their fault but they certainly haven't gone out of their way to fix obvious problems. The Star is definitely a red light paper.

The Wichita Eagle is an equally miserable paper. They have been unable to let their left-loving editorial staff go either and continue to actively suppress stories they don't like. Wichita Liberty has been great at highlighting the one-sided reporting of the Eagle. Especially troubling is the holier than thou editorials on political money reporting while hiding their contributions to the USD 259 bond issue.

Again, I don't wish to see newspapers in general go under because they are an important part of any free society. On the other hand, the Eagle, along with the Star, have been ignoring their most important duty, hard hitting journalism, for far too long and perhaps the free market dictates they deserve to go bankrupt.

The Eagle is certainly a red light paper.

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