Monday, June 01, 2009

Kraske Loses Chance at Redemption

(Kraske's latest effort inspired me to offer a similar analysis.)

Steve Kraske, a writer for the Kansas City Star, has survived the rounds of lay-offs that have claimed better, more useful writers in those hallowed halls.

Steve Kraske, there went your best chance.

One final shot to start all over again and give this writing thing a fresh start.

It's an enormous irony. You've held onto a job at a paper with dwindling circulation and influence approaching zero. A significant victory, this is not.

This coup was staged by a rag-tag group of bloggers with little money, toiling away on folding chairs, in basements, living rooms and kitchens throughout the region. And they've bested you. When you've made off-base predictions, they've been correct. When you've asked foolish questions, they've asked insightful ones. When he has failed to produce any news worthy of publications, they have scooped him time and time again. When they have predicted a rising Democratic Party, he saw the Democrats as "doomed in November".

So, you survived, but in a strange way, you still lose.

Because getting fired from the Star offered you that last chance.

Here's my thinking: If the Star fired you, you had an opportunity to start up your own blog, and have one more time to face the naysayers and beat them into the ground. You could have tried to form an audience based on merit, rather than proximity to the sports page or comics.

You could have showed 'em, Missouri-style. You could have built traffic and been a real part of the thriving part of the media world. You could have rubbed the bloggers' noses in it when you were right. You could have built a monumental readership that would have demonstrated that you're a worthy commentator.


Now we have more of the same. The Big Muddle, I call it.

That is, just more of the same at the Star: More turmoil. More uncertainty. More off-base analysis and more discord. More aimless drift out of your column, just as things have been since virtually the day you took over.

Don't breathe too easy yet. The newspaper industry continues to suffer, and a columnist who continually produces analysis that is weaker than that produced by at least a half-dozen local bloggers is not in a safe position. Day after day, week after week, smart, informed analysts are publishing better stuff than you. Meanwhile, McClatchy continues to look at ways to cut costs.

Maybe you'll get that shot at redemption after all.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder why they didn't mention this post in the Prime Buzz Blogwatch????

6/01/2009 11:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Even worse than Kraske, is Abouhalkah. Now he is a really poor excuse for a journalist. They really don't have any journalists at the Star. They didn't in the past, and they don't now. It's just that the biggest whiners and most unprofessional of the bunch were retained - go figure.

6/01/2009 7:39 PM  
Anonymous Kansas City said...

How do you feel about the Tiller murder Dan?

6/01/2009 10:54 PM  
Blogger Dan said...


6/01/2009 10:59 PM  
Anonymous Kansas City said...

You have not said much, and it seems like local story of national importance that you would want to dispense wisdom as you age gracefully.

I guess some right-wing organizations that you choose to affiliate with just are not serious about their "pro-life" rhetoric.

6/02/2009 6:54 AM  
Blogger Dan said...

You are both mistaken and wildly off-topic.

6/02/2009 6:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dan -

There was a time when I read your blog every day, or at least every other day. Then, you strayed from your own principles of honesty and candor. You beagn to pick candidates and defend those candidates regardless of the facts thrown your way.

This blog is no longer about dispensing insight and offering a platform for true debate. No, this blog is about you staking some semi-controversial position and then defending that position at all costs. One cost has been your credibility. Once a writer has lost credibility with his/her audience, the readers go elsewhere. So I am going elsewhere.

Good luck in the future. Hope you rediscover those principles that led you to start this thing.

6/02/2009 8:06 AM  
Anonymous Gone Mildly On Topic said...

Anon 8:06 is right Dan.

You used to provide some fun takes on issues and I even looked past your from time-to-time silly hero worship of candidates.

Now you are simply an apologist for corruption, ambition and hatred. I can get that on FoxNews and receive the langiappe of aging beauty queens as eye candy.

(Gotta love thos Fox Facist Bimbos as long as you keep the sound off.)

6/02/2009 8:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations, Dan! You've hit that level of "cultural icon" status that whiny dumbfucks like to sit around and talk about how good you were before you sold out.

You're like SNL or the Beatles.

6/02/2009 3:27 PM  
Blogger Jako Sunshine said...

They slammed you against the wall and put the cuffs on, right Dan/~
Politicians are able to do that to the media to control their paycheck, but I thought you had a bit more freedom?

Access cut off or are your people without cover? Ooh, that's bad, but they do it to a spouse at work, that's why it's call it corruption, right. You feel so helpless and vulnerable but to them, it's just business and how the game is played.

You can get back in the game but just wait for the timing to change. Your readers need their fix. In time you will get your position back.

Write something about the new Ethics Commission. It will clarify your problems.

6/06/2009 1:18 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

Jako - your vivid and odd imagination is so much more exciting than the world the rest of us live in!

6/06/2009 1:32 PM  

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