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Yuk Abducts Kansas City Star

Yuk Abducts Kansas City Star

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Kansas City Star journalists' child with Satan is fabulous. Excerpt from VAGRANT LIBRARY
Kansas City Star journalists' child with Satan is fabulous. Excerpt from VAGRANT LIBRARY

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July 13, 2004 By David Arthur Walters DOWNTOWN KANSAS CITY JOURNAL  As Kansas Citians who still subscribe to Kansas City's daily press monopoly know very  well, Knight-Ridder's
The Kansas City Star
 pulled out all the stops and discarded every scrap of a scruple after accepting Mayor Kay Barnes' alleged $200,000,000 printing-plant bribe to sell real estate projects to credulous taxpayers. One most glaring case of trumpery is the newly renovated downtown library housing, "Jonathan's building," monumental symbol of dynast Jonathan Kemper's virtual privatization of the Kansas City Public Library System. Jonathan Kemper raised over $50,000,000 to renovate "Jonathan's Building," the old First National Bank building across the street from the office where he presides over Commerce Bank. The elegant new downtown library building is now open for business, and its physical aspects are deeply appreciated by all - huge bank vault and all. The neo-classical edifice is Jonathan Kemper's central showpiece for the latest makeover of the Kemper Dynasty's traditional downtown campus - the area around the Commerce
Building - an eight-square-block commercial real estate revival dubbed the Library District. Jonathan Kemper is de facto chairman of the board of library trustees; de facto director of the downtown library; president of the bank doing business with private interests  vested in the Library District; head of charitable institutions donating funds to the project. He conflict of interest is obvious, one that creates a glaring appearance of impropriety. Wherefore my recent request to Mayor Barnes, who appoints library trustees, to relieve Mr. Kemper of his overpowering position on the board. Mayor Barnes did not personally respond; an underling dismissed my request out of hand, praising the collusion of business and political leaders. Of course
The Kansas City Star
 did not report my courteous request nor its denial by the Mayor's underling. Indeed, the twinkling
 did not and probably never will on its own accord question the continuous collusion of Kansas City's power elite, the handful of interests who have dominated Kansas City for decades. It will simply wink at the  whole damn thing.  As for the new library, the
 ignored more than a dozen objections to its one-sided, front-page trumpeting of the new library, a blatant propagandizing which led many disgusted readers to conclude that the daily paper, at least where the local power elite are concerned, does not know the difference between advertising and news.  All four pretexts propagated by the rag on behalf of Mayor Barnes and Jonathan Kemper et al for the relocation of the library (i.e. the collection) from the old library housing to the new library building, were demonstrably false; this was pointed out to the editors and reporters on several occasions, yet the newspaper monopoly made not a single correction.
The paper’s hireling’s
praised Jonathan Kemper and the physical aspects of the new  building to no end, ignoring multiple complaints about the mismanagement of the old library and its gutted-out collection. Notably, none of the more than $50,000,000 "donated" was devoted to the improvement of the collection and human resources. The
 knew about but failed to report on the exorbitant physical cost, of over $1,000 per square foot of net
 library space, in comparison to a cost in Denver of less than $200 per foot for net
 library space. The newspaper monopoly knew about  but ignored the fact that a brand new building could have been built at the same or less cost, and that the old building might have been renovated for far less money. No doubt the federal authorities will get around to inquiring into the financial arrangements. I have repeatedly suggested to editors and reporters that serious investigative reporters for the
 inquire into the details of the financial structure and the relationships of the parties involved before the authorities get around to it. Nothing criminal may have transpired: Jonathan's building might be just an ego trip, so let him

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