This site comes down when he apologizes. Barry might own an ego, but now I own him. :()
What's this all about? Read all about it!
These are all excerpts from various websites who have reported on Barry's tabloid journalism.
Barry thinks he’s funny in his editorial,
He likes to hit up a war vet’s memorial!
Fashion police need to raid those pews,
Let’s make fun of that lady’s shoes!

Going to a grave to sprinkle some ashes?
Don’t tell Barry, in the paper he bashes
No respect for the dead or their living,
There’s an apology needed that he’s not giving.
So, Barry, if I may sink to your sophomoric level for a moment, after a big heapin’ bowl of chili, do you then fart out your reports?
A beer columnist. Harvard journalism students, take note of your ‘86 alum!
……….And switch to finance, lol!
Barry Shlachter is what we call up here in Oklahoma a Catfish-blop.
steve hunt
Nice to see a toolbox like Schlachter get his schmeckle handed to him.
R.I.P., Papa McKee.
Dreidel Hustler
Has your favorite blog not been updated in a week? Have you not heard anything about your entry into the Publisher’s Clearinghouse Sweepstakes from last year?? Have a losing Texas Lottery ticket??? Call Barry Shlachter and he’ll get right on the case! And if you act within the next 20 minutes, he’ll even throw in a public ribbing of the person you want to complain about! Choose from any of these great Shlachterian themes he can harp on: a) Their citizenship grades from Kindergarten b) What they ate for breakfast last Tuesday c) Style of Coffin they chose to bury their grandmother in
Act now!
Robert, what you did for your father is not uncommon...... My father died two years ago and I missed work to attend graveside services over a month later, and yes, some pressing work had to be put on the back burner..... Fortunately for me, everyone was compassionate and understanding, as I would expect them to be. If I ever got raked over the coals for my trip like you were here because I had unfinished work back home, there'd be a serious problem. I think you are owed both an apology by this sore loser jerk and the writer of this absurd article.....
such groundbreaking hard hitting investigative journalism going after a guy who was late updating a blog website because he was out of the country burying his father's ashes. seriously??? man, every day it seems my dear old Fort Worth Star Telegram is looking more and more like TMZ.
I'm actually surprised the Star Telegram bothered to give him any publicity but it is the world we live in. I'm glad you got to celebrate your father's life the way you did and your family is in my prayers.
Sadie Mills
I'm truly disappointed in the Star Telegram, Barry and Mr. McCampbell. As someone who looks forward to's annual urban scavenger hunt, I hope that this lack of sensitivity and horrible editorializing of Mr. McKee father's burial service does not cause the end of the event. If I don't see an apology from not only the Star Telegram but also Barry very soon I'm tempted to cancel my subscription and start recommending my friends to the same. I can find this same trashy journalism in the aisles of Target for much cheaper and it's more accurate.
The FWST indicates that comments should not be used for "making personal attacks," but after reading the above article "Not even a slow news day can stymie a personal attack to meet a deadline." Do what you say and not what you do? Curiosity leads me to ask how many articles have been written by journalists whilst tending to their own parents' ceremonial rites.
This is all ridiculous, on the part of Mr. Shlachter and the FWST. I would unsubscribe, if I subscribed in the first place. I will, however, buy the Dallas Morning News for my crosswords and reading, if this isn't set right. (:
More to come from the great sites who have covered this story!
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Barry Barry Quite Contrary by Eric Griffey, Fort Worth Weekly

Star-Telegram business writer and chili cookbook author Barry Shlachter and local blogger Robert McKee are engaged in a bizarre battle of words involving a scavenger hunt, a trip to Scotland, a Hawaiian shirt and the meaning of funeral.

It all started over a scavenger hunt that McKee’s web site — — held earlier this summer. McKee was delayed in posting the winner because he took a trip to Scotland to scatter his father’s ashes over a family gravesite. Though his father died last year, McKee discovered an uncle in Scotland that not even his father knew existed, and decided to have a proper “burial” (his words) in the motherland at a grave marked McKee in his family’s ancestral town. He didn’t have much internet access while in Scotland and couldn’t update the site when he’d said he would. McKee said he was frustrated that he couldn’t announce the winners on time but didn’t think it was too big a deal.

One scavenger-hunter, Kevin McCambell — who, by the way had no chance of winning the contest because he didn’t finish the hunt — was upset because the results were not posted on time. The scorned scavenger e-mailed McKee multiple times, and McKee tried to explain the situation. But eventually, he lost his normally calm demeanor, as he explains on his web site:

“At this point I realize I am dealing with one of those rare people that are just so insensitive and immune to any human compassion or feeling whatsoever,” he writes. “I broke from my normal calm and angrily responded (his emphasis) ‘I AM AT MY FATHER’S FREAKING FUNERAL’ to send a message that, while I love running the contest and I love how passionate the players of the contest are, I am overseas honoring my father’s life and this takes precedent. Sorry.”

McCambell wasn’t satisfied, and crusaded throughout the city, complaining to the site’s prize donors and to Shlachter.

According to McKee, Shlachter called and asked him how he could be at a funeral for his father who died last year. McKee explained the situation, and even sent him a picture for further proof that he was sincere.

McKee writes on his site: “I found myself now having to prove to him where I was and why I was there,” he writes. “Needless to say, this was very irritating and distracting to me, but sensing that he’s going to write something about this, I obliged and actually sent him a photo of me spreading my father’s ashes at the cemetery. Something that I should have kept private, as, really, it was actually none of his freaking business.”

Shlachter’s article, which ran last Sunday, nitpicked McKee’s story: “scattering ashes in an Aloha shirt (he sent us a picture) may not be the same as a funeral (his father died in December), but why quibble?,” he wrote.

McKee responded on his site: “Sorry, Barry, I guess I didn’t know there was a dress code or time limit on honoring a dead parent. I guess spreading one’s ashes on a gravesite must not be referred to as a ‘funeral’ unless certain conditions are met,” he writes.

McClatchy Watch, a website whose sole purpose is to act as the corporation’s watchdog, ran a story blasting Shlachter for being insensitive, and many of the comments on the Star-T site also rip him. The funniest is this one:

“… such groundbreaking hard hitting investigative journalism going after a guy who was late updating a blog website because he was out of the country burying his father’s ashes. seriously??? man, every day it seems my dear old Fort Worth Star-Telegram is looking more and more like TMZ.”

McKee demanded an apology, and received a private one from Star-T editor Jim Witt, who said they could not give a public apology. Shlachter did not comment. McKee responded to Witt in an email obtained by Fort Worth Weekly.

“…if you are unwilling to prove that sometimes a Star-Telegram writer has the capability of ‘going too far’ as Mr. Shlachter did in this case, then let it be known that ethical accountability is no longer in place at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.”