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November 18, 2008

KMBC discrimination lawsuit

What a sad state of affairs if the three female newscasters who are suing KMBC for gender discrimination have merit (11/15, A-1, “KMBC hit by gender lawsuit; Three women who are on-air personalities also allege age bias and ‘a hostile environment’.”)

While all three women are physically attractive, that is not why I get my news from them. I chose that station, in part, because of those three newscasters’ ability to develop good sources and their professionalism in delivering the story.

The idea that the viewing public demands this change is a bunch of malarkey. The media bears responsibility for the images and messages it sends to viewers.

Discrimination is a learned behavior. We were not born with it. Just as we learned to discriminate, we can learn not to. Unfortunately, after the Christine Craft fiasco, this may not have been a lesson learned by this station.

It’s past time to realize that it is what’s on the inside that counts, not a fleeting image.

Larry Kirkwood
Kansas City

I always liked Maria Antonia. She always had great rapport with Joel Nichols and Jeremy Hubbard. They had completely different personalities, but she could blend in with anyone. I wondered what happened to her.

I was here during the Christine Craft incident. You would think KMBC would have learned from it.

That was before the computer generation. This generation gets its news from the Internet and cell phones, so why is the station still trying to please them?

Glen Paronto
Independence

Comments

whispering_to_kc

It was one of Maria's first reporting efforts at channel 9.

I left town for a while in '86 so it was before that.

She may have been trying to prove her street cred or something. She tried to turn the troopers self defense of himself into something it wasn't with her "investigative" reportage. She tried to roast the cop to boost her own reporting status.

The man with the toy gun turned out to be "unstable". He was nuts. He got what he wanted.

solomon

whisperer, I will take your word for it.

I just found it hard to imagine her being that insensitive.

BTW, hope this doesn't offend anyone, but I watch FOX for the chicks with the sound down.

whispering_to_kc

"... that story will need some documentation ..."

You'll have to go down to your local library and find it in their archives then. The shooting was before the internets were invented.

It may have been one of Maria's first efforts at Channel 9, back in the days when you had to listen really hard to understand the woman. When she first showed up in KC she had a tight, thick, Cuban accent. 1985-ish.

As I recall, the shooting was along the westbound lanes of 50/350 highway between LS and Knobtown, in the roadside clearing at the top of the bluff. Most of the memory has faded but I can still remember Maria's sneering description of the shooting. "Evil trooper shoots man playing with toy gun ... sneer".

Goodbye, Maria. Back to Cuba for you.

whispering_to_kc

"... that story will need some documentation ..."

You'll have to go down to your local library and find it in their archives then. The shooting was before the internets were invented.

It may have been one of Maria's first efforts at Channel 9, back in the days when you had to listen really hard to understand the woman. When she first showed up in KC she had a tight, thick, Cuban accent. 1985-ish.

As I recall, the shooting was along the westbound lanes of 50/350 highway between LS and Knobtown, in the roadside clearing at the top of the bluff. Most of the memory has faded but I can still remember Maria's sneering description of the shooting. "Evil trooper shoots man playing with toy gun ... sneer".

Goodbye, Maria. Back to Cuba for you.

solomon

Good afternoon whisperer,

2 things....newscasters don't write the text and that story will need some documentation before I believe it verbatim.

whispering_to_kc

Years ago, a Missouri state trooper killed a man along 50 highway near Knobtown.

After a traffic stop, the man drew a "gun" on the trooper. The trooper pulled his service revolver and fired, killing the man.

It turned out the "gun" was a cap pistol. A cap pistol made to look like a real weapon. The trooper did the right thing.

Maria reported the shooting as "evil trooper shoots poor man playing with a toy".

Goodbye, Maria. Back to Cuba for you.

repete

1.) There have been cuts across the board for journalists.

2.) Why would someone whose hiring is based on appearance be surprised when her firing is based on appearance?

While I can appreciate their individual efforts, local journalism is a joke. I attribute this more to the management than the staff, but it's rarely anything more than, "This building behind me was robbed 2 hours ago." That's news?

viet-vet1970

The Star may not be firing people for being unattractive ... but it's slashing its staff of older, highly skilled, highly paid workers. I await the inevitable age discrimination lawsuit.

 
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