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Jan 26 Relling commented on Seattle Police Confirm Person of Interest in Neighbours Arson Case: Musab Mohamed Masmari.
Interesting. Compare this story to Brendan Kiley's post (less than a day later) on the activist-slash-anarchist accused of vandalizing an ATM:

http://slog.thestranger.com/slog/archive…

The alleged arsonist has not been charged with a crime, though images of a man who resembles him appear on surveillance footage. The Stranger names the man as a person of interest, says the cops are investigating him, and goes out of its way to find witnesses (on the record and off) who speak of his erratic behavior. The story does everything but flat-out say Musab Masmari did it.

Conversely, the man in the anarchist post (Brendan McCormack) was actually charged with a crime (a prosecutor filed the charge, even if the judge declined to press). Police filed and obtained a search warrant to further an affidavit of probable cause. An investigation took place that led to a court proceeding. That's a hell of a lot more legal process than the arsonist case, if you're keeping score.

Yet Kiley ties himself in knots to undercut the case, to say the evidence is weak, that McCormack is only accused, that surveillance footage isn't evidence, that vandalism isn't violence, and that KIRO was out of line for presuming McCormack did it.

The cognitive dissonance is a bit mind-blowing.
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Jan 26 Relling commented on Seattle Police Confirm Person of Interest in Neighbours Arson Case: Musab Mohamed Masmari.
Interesting. Compare this story to Brendan Kiley's post (less than a day later) on the activist-slash-anarchist accused of vandalizing an ATM:

http://slog.thestranger.com/slog/archive…

The alleged arsonist has not been charged with a crime, though images of a man who resembles him appear on surveillance footage. The Stranger names the man as a person of interest, says the cops are investigating him, and goes out of its way to find witnesses (on the record and off) who speak of his erratic behavior. The story does everything but flat-out say Musab Masmari did it.

Conversely, the man in the anarchist post (Brendan McCormack) was actually charged with a crime (a prosecutor filed the charge, even if the judge declined to press). Police filed and obtained a search warrant to further an affidavit of probable cause. An investigation took place that led to a court proceeding. That's a hell of a lot more legal process than the arsonist case, if you're keeping score.

Yet Kiley ties himself in knots to undercut the case, to say the evidence is weak, that McCormack is only accused, that surveillance footage isn't evidence, that vandalism isn't violence, and that KIRO was out of line for presuming McCormack did it.

The cognitive dissonance is a bit mind-blowing.

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Oct 31, 2013 Relling commented on In Which the Seattle Times' Sharon Pian Chan Accuses Me of Being a Racist.
Goldy, you're saying it's bad when the Times uses a "manipulative resort to identity politics."

Oh. But evidently, it's OK when you and your colleagues do the same thing - for instance, this bullying smear from Holden a few weeks ago, accusing a Times reporter of racism by filling her mouth with words she never said:

@lthompsontimes faults anti-DV immigrants for accents: "stumbled over the wording... mispronounced... mayor’s name." http://t.co/4qFVwctTdz

— Dominic Holden (@dominicholden) October 17, 2013

Oct 26, 2013 Relling commented on Man Moves Downtown, Gets Disgusted by Sight of Poor People, Proclaims Seattle "Broken".
@69, since Dominic cited Wikipedia in the post that sparked these comments, perhaps you'd be willing to tell us if your cheap snark extends to him.
Oct 26, 2013 Relling commented on Man Moves Downtown, Gets Disgusted by Sight of Poor People, Proclaims Seattle "Broken".
What @65 said. And Dominic, why don't you show some backbone and interview Eaton instead of smearing him?
Oct 25, 2013 Relling commented on Man Moves Downtown, Gets Disgusted by Sight of Poor People, Proclaims Seattle "Broken".
j2patter (@45) said this: "But why is it anytime a right wing douche rants about the homeless/mental health/drug issues in Seattle the typical response from the st staff is 'fuck you, we don't have that bad of a problem so get the fuck out of our city if you don't like homeless people you fuckheads...move to Bellevue.'

Spot on. Get out of our city if you don't think exactly like we do. It shows up in these pages over and over. And here's the answer to j2patter's question: Stranger staffers (especially Dominic) can't bear the idea that people they disagree with most of the time might have a point now and then, even if the Stranger has made similar points in the past.

It's called bullshitting to avoid consensus, and it's a specious, Tea Party tactic. So Eaton becomes a rich fuck who's "disgusted by the sight" of the poor (though he said nothing of the kind) and he wants to (in Dom's smeary, cherry-picked paraphrase) ' "reclaim our city" from THOSE PEOPLE' though that's not what Eaton said, either.

So again, bullshit. And so very, very easy to hide in the cloud of confirmation bias. You know what would take some guts? How about Dom goes and interviews the guy? Awkward, sure. Uncomfortable, no doubt. And maybe Eaton would refuse - and then Dom could say so. But at least he couldn't be accused of throwing bombs from a secure location and patting himself on the back, which is all he's doing right now.
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Sep 12, 2013 Relling commented on The Struggle to Address Gender and Sexuality in Politics.
@23, let's apply your logic to The Stranger's position on the Seattle mayor's race. It doesn't matter what The Stranger *says* about the candidates. It doesn't matter which issues they cite as relevant factors. No, no - all that stuff is filler - covert discrimination disguised as another reason, right?

The essence of confirmation bias is excluding all evidence that undercuts the preferred conclusion.

Sep 12, 2013 Relling commented on The Struggle to Address Gender and Sexuality in Politics.
@14 has it right, along with just about every other commenter.

Cienna walked into the post with a preconception. No facts, however relevant, could shake that preconception and her empty-headed hunt for impure motives.

Cienna somehow justifies omitting stop-and-frisk Bloomberg and his oppressive policies entirely. She sidesteps Quinn's establishment ties (this would never happen in a discussion of the Seattle mayor's race, btw). She ignores the numbers regarding weak LGBT support for Quinn - the most obvious refutation of all.
Aug 23, 2013 Relling commented on Professional Idiot Bruce Ramsay "Burst Out Laughing" at Chelsea Manning.
If you're going to call Ramsey an idiot and a dumbass, perhaps you could spell his name correctly. You screwed it up 10 times in the course of this post, even with the benefit of the embedded JMart tweet to help you find the right path.
 
 

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