Am I Negative About St. Louis or Brennan’s List about St. Louis?

KMOX talk show host really didn’t like last week’s column

Sometimes coming up with column ideas can be tough. You notice this when columnists who turn out three or four columns a week start talking about their dogs.

Now don’t think I am just referring to Bill McClellan. When ESPN host Tony Kornheiser used to be a sports columnist for the Washington Post, he also did a general interest column once a week for the paper. Over the years I got to know a lot about his Brittany Spaniel.

So back in March when KMOX radio talk show host Charlie Brennan wrote a list of 12 things to do in St. Louis for USA Today, I had an idea for a column.   

St. Louis is actually a small town.

While comedians in New York and Los Angeles get to make fun of TV and movie stars, politicians, athletes and Rush Limbaugh, we have a limited number of “famous people” to use for satire. That list would include baseball players, politicians and radio personalities, especially those working at the “Voice of St. Louis.”

I was sure to give Charlie, plus KMOX and KETC shout-outs. I even included a link to his original USA Today piece.

It's like former and convicted Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards once said (rather crudely):

“There is no such thing as bad publicity unless you are caught in bed with a dead girl or a live boy.”

Well, I didn’t accuse Charlie of even being near a bed. I did make a little fun of a St. Louis celebrity, who voluntarily puts himself out in the public eye.

Charlie apparently has a thin skin. He wrote a comment on Chesterfield Patch claiming he had contacted me three weeks earlier, when I left a comment on his USA Today column. I have never heard from him.  

He also accused me of being a “straw man.” Gee, I’m 6-foot 3-inches and weigh about 300 pounds. Nothing straw about me.

On Thursday morning's KMOX radio show, he spent five minutes telling listeners how negative I was on St. Louis. 

Of course that is not true at all. I was simply being negative about Brennan’s list in USA Today. I moved back from Washington, D.C. to St. Louis after 25 years, because I like St. Louis.

I find local Chesterfield leaders, and other elected officials have a much thicker skin—and are more good-natured—when targeted for some satire, than our big time media personality.

Charyl April 06, 2012 at 06:37 PM
Charlie has a big head and thinks too highly of himself. Do not watch Donnybrook anymore since he is the MC. St. Louis has a lot of good things, but it also can do better, which is true of any city. Get over it Brennan!
Teri April 07, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Your articles are filled with sarcasm and most recently towards Charlie Brennan and STL. Charlie Brennan is a local celebrity, has a couple shows and is well liked by many, many people whether that rubs you the wrong way or not is unimportant, but very obvious. But, there are many that know he loves his town and are interested in his opinion, whether you like it or not. Many people know who he is and are interested in his choices. He is not 'thin skinned' as you put it. Mr. Hoffman, the difference in you and Charlie,( with all due respect, which is more than you can do by the way) is so many people in this town know him and whether they agree with him on his choices or not is so irrelevant here. Your articles are not humorous they are filled with sarcasm. Leave your sarcasm at YOUR front door, please.


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