Lewis W. Diuguid, columnist, editorial board member and vice president for community resources at the Kansas City Star, is losing his column as Star Publisher Mark Zieman assigns him more responsibilities elsewhere, Diuguid said on Wednesday.
"I have about six jobs. I am responsible for The Star's philanthropic efforts in the community, I do more than 200 speaking engagements on behalf of The Star and I am co-chair of the companywide diversity initiative. I will be picking up duties that include staff development and community forums," Diuguid told Journal-isms.
"I am to remain on the editorial board as its only minority member but with no public voice.
"I have been writing a column for The Star since June 1987. I got permission to write the column once a week to add perspective to the neighborhood news section that I edited back then. The column grew to twice a week as I took on writing for an additional section, and then in May 1994 the column became a twice a week metro column. I started doing a third column not long afterward by continuing to write for one of the neighborhood news sections. In September 1999 I moved to my current position, writing two columns a week. In April 2006 the second column was killed. In the time I have been writing a column, I have never missed an opportunity to write a column — not for holidays, vacations, sicknesses or for deaths in my family. No box has ever run saying my column will return whenever."
Duiguid's outlandish October column was linked by Drudge Report, and was a topic on the Rush Limbaugh radio show and multiple blogs. Here's an excerpt from the goofy column that implied McCain and Palin are racists:
"McCain and Palin have simply reached back in history to use an old code word for black. It set whites apart from those deemed unAmerican and those who could not be trusted during the communism scare..."The "Journal-isms" article by Richard Prince did not give a reason for Diuguid's reassignment, and publisher Mark Zieman was said to be "on vacation."