OTC: Kietzman Rips Mellinger For Using Twitter To Cover Royals Presser / Mad Jack Just Mad At Twitter

“Now we have members of the media sitting in news conferences reacting to what they see on Twitter and then going up to Dayton Moore after the news conference saying, ‘Well, I’ve got to feed these hungry people that are on Twitter.’ And that’s how this became a bigger deal than it should have.”
Kevin Kietzman, who believes that Moore’s quote that he believes in a small way the Royals have already won the World Series was overblown by some members of the media overacting to what Royals fans were saying on Twitter, 810 AM
GH: Why shouldn’t the media use Twitter or any other form of communication to gauge the opinion of fans, other members of the media and the athletes and coaches they cover? Hasn’t the newspaper used the letters to the editor feature to gauge the pulse of their readers? Doesn’t talk radio allow their listeners to share in their 50,000-watt signal and express their often unedited viewpoints? Why wouldn’t a reporter or columnist use this additional information to have a better grasp of what he is covering?

“I think there’s some validity to the possibility that the reaction to what Dayton Moore said came about because a reporter is sitting in the news conference instantly after Dayton said it were watching people’s responses on Twitter. Then they lost context of the story because they were swayed by an overly loud overwhelming minority of sports fans.”
Kevin Kietzman, who said he heard from a member of the media he “tremendously respects” who told him Sam Mellinger was on his cell phone checking Twitter’s reaction as he was covering the Royals’ postseason wrap-up press conference, 810 AM
GH: Kietzman just doesn’t understand Twitter. He sees it the same as some Baptist view dancing. The truth is that Twitter is simply a tool to use just like sports talk radio. KK was attempting to use his radio show to embarrass Mellinger for checking Twitter during the Royals’ press conference. I see it as Mellinger doing his job and doing it quite well.

“I think (Twitter users) are a tiny percentage of all the fans who are out there and they do not reflect the general attitude of people who follow sports. It is an outspoken, outrageous group by and large.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: Here goes Kevin Fortune again, blasting the art of modern day mass communication and those who use it to voice their opinions. The gall of these Twitter twits! They don’t even have the decency to have a millionaire purchase them a radio station!

“If you listen to that press conference that certainly was the money line.”
Danny Clinkscale, attempting to inject some sanity into KK’s rant about Dayton’s “World Series” comment, 810 AM

“It was about fourth on the list of things to be mad about.”
Kevin Kietzman, responding to Clinkscale, 810 AM
GH: I don’t know anyone who was “mad” about Dayton’s Moore’s dumb comment. I believe most were amused or dumbfounded. But if Kietzman doesn’t think that was the drop-dead best sound bite from the news conference he is either being disingenuous or has lost his nose for news.

“That’s the best way to describe what happens on Twitter. It is always an overreaction.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: I thought that’s what people say is the best way to describe KK’s Between the Lines sports talk show?

“I put something on Twitter last night and it’s incredible that two words can cause that kind of stink.”
Jack Harry, referring to his tweet Tuesday night that read, “Go Cards!!!,” 810 AM
GH: It is a real treat for listeners when both Kevin Fortune and Mad Jack gang up to take on those foul-fingered folks on Twitter. Jack was just incensed that his followers were upset with him for a two-word tweet Tuesday night that read, “Go Cards!!!” Well, why would any of the 11K people who follow KSHB TV 41’s sports anchor have a problem with him tweeting for the Royals’ in-state rival?

“I live in Kansas City, Missouri. I LOVE Kansas City. I’ve been here 43 years.”
Jack Harry, attempting to make his case as to why Royals fans should not be upset with his Cardinals tweet, 810 AM
GH: I think Jack just answered my question. Does Jack think the St. Louis TV sports anchors can get away with tweeting, “Go Cubs?” Harry shows either his ignorance or naiveté – quite possibly both – by not being aware of his audience. Mad Jack has been living a cushy life in Kansas City for the past 45 years because of Royals and Chiefs fans – not that bunch of redbirds he followed as a kid. He can love the Cards all he wants but don’t do it on Twitter. Would Jack say, “Go Cards!!!,” on his KSHB TV 41 sportscast?

“I was portrayed as some ogre and some traitor. What in the world is going on that you don’t have the right to say, ‘Go Cards?’ And they come after you with pitchforks, man! This Twitter thing is unbelievable!”
Jack Harry, 810 AM
GH: Why did Harry want to post his, “Go Cards!!!,” note on Twitter? It is as if he was inviting the pitchforks. It’s not Twitter that is at fault here. As is almost always the case, it is the user, not the format.

“I’m cool. I’m on Twitter. But I don’t very often read the things that come back at me. I’m not interested in looking at that because I know what that’s all about. I’ll be darned if I understand how anybody in the media can take a look at people’s responses to them on Twitter and then alter what you’re doing in your media job.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: Why wouldn’t a performer want feedback from critics? If Kietzman’s goal is to be liked, okay, ignore the feedback. But if his goal is to improve and grow his talent and show, Twitter is a great resource he is missing out on.

“My buddy Kato…”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: Sooooo, ignore Twitter but listen to Kato?

“Honestly, we’re not proud of this, it’s just the way it is. Twitter for all of our employees is grounds for dismissal. You’re flirting with it. If you put something on Twitter, do not put something on there that you wouldn’t say on the radio or write on our website.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: This is news? What media employee is not aware that tweeting can be hazardous to your career? Just like talking, writing, drinking, etc. Again, Twitter isn’t the bad guy here. Poor decision making is the mistake.

“That’s what I think Twitter is – I think it’s a media marketing tool. I don’t think it’s a social device. I don’t think it’s a social network.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: Twitter is merely a media marketing tool? And I thought Don Fortune moved his cat-pissed stained Oldsmobile to Florida.

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34 Responses to OTC: Kietzman Rips Mellinger For Using Twitter To Cover Royals Presser / Mad Jack Just Mad At Twitter

  1. nick says:

    Whether Twitter sucks or not, Dayton’s quote WAS a bombshell. Fescoe and Klingler rightly had fun with it the next morning.

    Fans are past the point of being tired of October-less baseball. Ex-Royal Beltran hit a 3-run bomb last night. Greinke pitches today. Myers and DeJesus plays today. An ex-Royal Rookie of the Year is coaching the Pirates. Damon and Ibanez have been post-season stars in recent years. It’s frustrating.

    Moore’s starting his spin machine early, in case they don’t make the playoffs in 2014. He wants Royals fans to understand how wonderful it is to have like-able players and friendly employees that smile at you as you pay your parking ticket and buy your 7 dollar beer. On opening day next year, Dayton will likely hoist a “2013 Not Embarrassing Anymore!” flag.

  2. Big D in the O says:

    Circle of Fortune is complete for KK. Petro is next. Curious Greg…did you eve ride in said “cat pissed stained” Olds? That line made me laugh.

  3. Hot Carl says:

    KK hates Twitter because the people on there skewer him for the douche that he is and he can’t stand to see what he really looks like in the mirror. He knows it’s not pretty. He doesn’t understand that not everybody gets treated like a jack ass.

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