Fodor’s, a venerable travel promotion and guidebook company, has yielded to the same stupid political headwinds that have misshapen so much of the rest of the media. The problem is not so much that Missouri was listed seventh among the most avoidable places in the world, it was the reasons why Fodor’s so dishonored Missouri.
Several of the top ten spots–like the Galapagos Islands or Mt. Everest–made the “No Go” list for ecological reasons, Fodor’s not wanting to overburden the local habitat with tourists.
Only, four places on the list are deemed objectionable because of crime and/or human rights violations. Joining Missouri in this group are human rights hell holes like Myanmar, Honduras, and Cuba.
Fodor’s take on Missouri flirts with slander. “The Show-Me State is full of wonders that belong on anyone’s travel bucket list,” notes the publication. “It’s home to breathtaking limestone caverns, the Budweiser Clydesdales, Kansas City-style BBQ, great jazz, the Silver Dollar City Amusement Park, and even a museum that purports to house the holy finger of John the Baptist.” This list is silly and superficial enough, but it is the list of liabilities that grabs one’s attention.
Brace yourself: “Unfortunately, Missouri is also the place where SB 43 was passed making it more difficult to sue employers for discrimination, a state representative argued that homosexuals weren’t human beings, a tourist who got lost and ran out of gas was later found murdered in his jail cell without ever being put under arrest, and two men were hunted down and shot on suspicion of being Muslim on the outskirts of Kansas City. And that’s just in 2017.”
Each of these charges, of course, is either false or exaggerated, the most obvious being the alleged hunting down of Muslims. The incident in question took place in Kansas, and it did not involve anyone being “hunted down.” No one ever said homosexuals weren’t human, and there is no reason to believe that a man who died in a Missouri jail cell was murdered. As to SB 43, the bill made perfect sense and is easily defensible even on human rights grounds.
What has become obvious is that tourism and economic development are being perversely damaged by the state’s own media. In citing the reasons Missouri is so dangerous, Fodor’s observes, “Those are just a few of the startling headlines from the state that prompted the Missouri chapter of the NAACP to advise tourists to skip this state and the looming danger’ for visitors when they’re touring United States.”
Each of the stories in question reinforces a similar, arguably racist and certainly classist, theme: ignorant and malignant peckerwoods are running the state. To read Fodor’s you’d think a drive across I-70 was like a canoe trip downstream in Deliverance country.
What Fodor’s fails to mention is that St. Louis is now the murder capital of America, and Kansas City is not far behind. In fact, Missouri is the most dangerous state in the nation for black men, a fact that does fit the media’s narrative, the NAACP’s or certainly Fodor’s.