OTC: KMBC Channel 9 Tries To Break The Dwayne Bowe Story & Fails Miserably

“Holdout wide receiver Dwayne Bowe has reached agreement with the Kansas City Chiefs over his contract dispute, a source has told KMBC 9 News.”
GH: With this report on Friday, KMBC Channel 9 jumped into an area of news reporting they have no business treading. Read on.

“Not in the business of knocking anyone’s hustle but in a world of Schefter, Glazer and Mortensen, Karen Kornacki ain’t breaking news folks.”
Carrington Harrison, after KMBC 9 TV issued a report that Dwayne Bowe had “reached an agreement” regarding his franchise offer last Friday, @cdotharrison, Twitter
GH: If there is one thing we have learned over the media shake-up the past five years, it is that television sports reporting is well behind the print, radio and blogosphere when it comes to credibility in breaking stories. Most TV sports desks no longer even try to compete when it comes to breaking stories. Channel 5 tried to get into the Big realignment news a year ago and their reports were so ludicrous they were dismissed almost immediately.

“The [KMBC 9 website] copy no longer says Bowe ‘reached an agreement’ with the team. It’s ‘he will be ending his holdout’ which, if you wanna play a game of semantics, means they can’t be wrong. Because he will be ending his holdout…eventually. Also missing from the story is the multiple sources. The initial report was sources, as in plural. Karen Kornacki’s live report yesterday was “unnamed sources”. The multiple sources angle is something I pointed out yesterday. I see now it’s just “a source” on the website. There’s still no byline on the story, but Kornacki read the report live on the air last night so I guess it’s hers. Or the cameraman. Whose name I still don’t know.”
Joel Thorman, writer/publisher, ArrowheadPride.com
GH: With online beat writers like Thorman and his excellent website, Kornacki and her ilk have no reason to me making up stories and hope they stick — and fortunately for the free world, there are few TV people as incompetent and unprofessional as Kornacki.

“Because this story was tracked via social media [Friday] — see the details here — people will soon start crapping all over Twitter, saying this is the problem with social media. But it’s not. In fact, social media is the only part of this who got the story accurate. Dwayne Bowe was on a flight from Atlanta and did land in Kansas City. Those were facts. It was KMBC who took it a step further by reporting something as fact that, as of now, doesn’t appear to be accurate.”
Joel Thorman, ArrowheadPride.com
GH: Twitter was made the villain by Joe Posnanski when the news of Joe Paterno’s involvement in the Jerry Sandusky scandal first broke. It is an easy and naïve criticism of a medium that some simply still do not understand. Twitter is a tool. No different than your radio, your television or your computer. What has the old media guard most upset with Twitter is its immediacy and how it threatens conventional news reporting. In the Bowe story, his sighting was reported by a Chiefs fan on Twitter, complete with photos. Remember WhiteMamba’s scoop last year on Jonathan Baldwin’s fight and how Nick Wright shrugged off the timeline evidence and still claimed to “break” the story? Twitter is not our enemy. Twitter is holding poor journalists like Kornacki accountable for their make-believe reports.

“I’ve never seen a media member hug players and coaches as much as Kornacki. She’s truly a clown professionally.”
Chris Hamblin, @hamblinradio, Twitter
GH: Karen Klownacki.

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24 Responses to OTC: KMBC Channel 9 Tries To Break The Dwayne Bowe Story & Fails Miserably

  1. Guy Who Says What Others Think says:

    Not only is Kornacki a clown professionally, she LOOKS like a sad clown on tv with all the bad makeup. She should’ve been put out to pasture 10 years ago. She’s freaking awful. How or why KMBC keeps her on the payroll is beyond me.

    • Jim says:

      Pretty sure she is grandfathered…..errrr…..grandmothered in. Firing chicks when they get older on local newscasts has proved to be a sticky situation. I don’t typically watch KMBC 9 for ANYTHING, but Karen Korn-Hole is just awful.

      • Larry Mondello says:

        KMBC and Hearst got their asses sued a few years ago for “age discriminiation” by I think Maria Antonia, Peggy Breit and Kelly Eckerman. Karen Kornacki will be serving prune juice and wearing depends before she hangs it up. She is a joke…as is every reporter newscaster for KMBC. I call it the geriatric channel. It is the number ranked news source among John Knox Village residents.

        • newbaum turk says:

          Channel 9 sports is the worst. I know he’s a legend around here but Len Dawson puts zero preparation into his broadcast. I still remember the day Allard Baird got fired and he called him “Allen.” C’mon, how many years was Baird here? His Chiefs broadcasts have about the same amount of prep.

          • Guy Who Says What Others Think says:

            On the positive side, Laura Moritz is very well endowed. But her laugh is downright hideous.

  2. Mike says:

    Honest question here. Do people actually make a living as local, TV sports reporters? I see these people spend 2-3 minutes a night giving me Royals/Chiefs/etc scores I knew hours ago. I have repeatedly heard people at channels 5 and 9 mispronounce or completely blow a Royals player name. (Just 3 weeks ago, some male sports anchor on Channel 9 called Ryan Verdugo “Kevin Fertugo.”) Your freaking job is to report the team and you can’t even learn player names?

    Please tell me these people hold actual day jobs.

    • Joe says:

      What about Petro with “Don Terry” Poe? JH

    • chuck says:

      I am not sure if it is still the same, but back in teh day, some of the most expensive time you could buy, with the best possibility of reaching the biggest audience, was local news, weather and sports.

      So, if they are popular, the folks at the local desk, do earn a living.

      My guess, is the local stations just take on more “youthfull” payroll, and relegate the aged and infirm to fewer and fewer on camera stories.

      Just guessing.

  3. Z Man says:

    “Owwww, owwww who did that?”

  4. Smartman says:

    Karen Kormacki is held in extremely high regard by ultra devout Evangelical Christians, a group she is a member of. Channel 9 is probably more concerned with swarms of locusts and a visit from the Angel Gabriel than a sex or age discrimination lawsuit.

    The Lord wants us all to glorify him by doing the best we can do and being the best we can be. Looks aside, Karen Kornacki ain’t Suzy Kolber or Erin Bajackson when it comes to sports knowledge, insight and information. At best she is a news reader. I can’t ever recall her being part of breaking news, or scoring an exclusive interview, anything that would separate her from the crowd.

    • Tomas Jay says:

      Smartman you have in the past claimed to be a Christian. Are you now denying that like Peter or do you just bring it up when it serves your purpose?

  5. Joe says:

    Does anyone still watch the news on TV? JH

  6. JP says:

    Keep in mind that Kornacki came to KMBC right around the time of the infamous Christine Craft lawsuit. Also, there are other female personalities at KMBC who have alleged age discrimination among other things. Bottom line: Kornacki isn’t going anywhere, and fortunately for us, we can change the channel and not watch her bumbling excuse of a newscast.

    • Larry Mondello says:

      She has been there since at least 1983. She showed up at our HS in 1983 to give us the Team of the Week award. She was a goof then and is worse today…29 years later!

  7. Scott Simon says:

    In the late ’90′s while covering the announcement the national women’s gymnastics finals were going to be held in KC, Karen Kornacki actually applauded at the end of the news conference.

    To this day, it’s still the worst public display of sportscaster advocacy I’ve seen in 35 years.

    • Steve says:

      You obviously have not seen the BBC coverage of the 10000M race from the Olympics.

  8. rkcal says:

    Must be Swing at the Low-Hanging Fruit Day….really, bagging on Karen Kornacki ? That’s all we got? What’s tomorrow’s column; “SPED kid Runs Funny”?

  9. ron says:

    Don’t newscasters work under a contract? If so, you would think the contract should expire at some point, and people like Kornacki could just not be resigned. I think that’s how Fox Sports Midwest got rid of several folks this past winter. It’s hard to believe channel 9 gave Kornacki a 25 year contract.

  10. KCMonarch says:

    I watched her report on Rory MacKILLroy winning the PGA Championship. My God lady, I’m a casual golf fan at best but I know how to pronounce the best golfer on
    the planet’s name. Take at least a rudimentary interest in your craft or get the fuck off my television.

  11. Guy Who Says What Others Think says:

    Just an aside, I hear tell Trevor Vance has some great Karen Kornacki stories from back in the mid-80′s…….

  12. Craig Glazer says:

    I want to thank Carrington for the shout out.