"Has the Star been a victim of Buzzkill? Has the Sunday Buzz column been dropped? asked an emailer this morning.
By Derek Donovan
The Kansas City Star
The Buzz column was a long-running feature in Sundays paper. It was a selection of several quick-hit, usually ultimately trivial bits that had pundits and wonks chattering during the week. It often skewered politicians, pointing out awkward situations theyd gotten themselves into or posing embarrassing questions. The Buzz name lives on, but its now Dave Helling and Steve Kraskes politics blog, which doesnt deal in humorous potshots.
Much like the Daily Show, the Buzz helped shine a light on the (more than) occasional absurdity of politics and governance," wrote my emailer. And I absolutely understand why he enjoyed it. I thought it was often a good read myself.
But I would be lying if I didnt say that The Buzz was one of the biggest generators of complaints that Ive heard in my many years talking to readers about The Stars content. While it did tackle people in both major parties, along with some of the more prominent third-partiers and independents, most weeks there wasnt a strictly mathematical tit-for-tat. One column may have leaned heavier on the right, while the next tackled the left in bigger doses.
But not every reader sees every column. And so its perfectly understandable that any single reader might look at an individual edition of the column as evidence of The Stars bias. And I do hear the many, many readers who told me they didnt mind it, but that it belonged in the Opinion section.
At the end of the day, editors decided not to run it any longer, and I have to say I havent heard a great outcry about that choice.