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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Inslee Campaign Says The Seattle Times Has Some Explaining to Do

Posted by on Wed, Oct 17, 2012 at 2:13 PM

Earlier, I posted a few questions for the Seattle Times regarding its new political ad campaign. Now the Inslee campaign has... seven more questions:

This morning the Seattle Times ran a full-page ad supporting Republican Rob McKenna which was paid for by the Times Company itself. This unprecedented move raises serious questions about who prepared the ad and who participated in its publication.

"Copy for the ad had to be written, artwork had to be prepared by someone," said Jay Inslee Communications Director, Sterling Clifford. "It is difficult to believe that none of the Times' supposedly neutral newsroom resources were used for this partisan ad."

Seven questions for the Seattle Times:

1. Who in the corporate management made this decision for the Seattle Times?

2. What employees of the Seattle Times company were involved or knew about this decision?

3. Are any members of the editorial staff involved in this decision?

4. Who in the art department was involved in this? Who was involved in placing the ad? How did they create the copy? How did they come up with the issues listed in the ad?

5. Does the Seattle Times company plan to continue to do this in sync with, or regardless of, their editorial decisions?

6. Do they feel that their readers should be exposed to the political affiliations of the company's corporate leadership?

7. Does the company feel that this compromises the independence of the reporters it pays to write for the company's paper?

In a belated announcement, the Times Co. admitted the ad is part of an $80,000 independent expenditure funded by the Times on behalf of McKenna. That puts the Times among the top three partisan groups propping up the McKenna campaign.

"The Times asks readers to trust its reporters and trust its objectivity," Clifford said. "The Times' management has made a decision that raises serious questions for the people of Washington."


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You_Gotta_Be_Kidding_Me 1
I assume he's equaly offended by the "Yes on 74" add?
Posted by You_Gotta_Be_Kidding_Me on October 17, 2012 at 2:22 PM · Report this
Rotten666 2
Well I guess I'm gonna cancel my subscription. Cause that's just....dumb.

And before you judge me, the primary reason I have a subscription is to have the Merl Reagle crossword waiting for me on my front step on Sunday mornings.
Posted by Rotten666 on October 17, 2012 at 2:29 PM · Report this
Looking For a Better Read 3
@1: it's not his job to give a shit about the R-74 campaign.

Are you offended by the "Yes on R-74" ad the Times placed?
Posted by Looking For a Better Read on October 17, 2012 at 2:30 PM · Report this
You_Gotta_Be_Kidding_Me 4
I am offended by neither ad. But Mr. Inslee's objections pretend to be on ethical grounds, and, therefore, presumably applicable to any and all political advertising they pay for. Correct?
Posted by You_Gotta_Be_Kidding_Me on October 17, 2012 at 2:39 PM · Report this
Olo 5
So, will Steve Scher let you pose any of these questions to Joni on Friday, or would that be indecorous?
Posted by Olo on October 17, 2012 at 2:42 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 6
Pretty sure God wrote it.

Either that or it was the Dog.

oh. wait. think he shot the Dog. never mind.
Posted by Will in Seattle on October 17, 2012 at 2:56 PM · Report this
I disagree with Times management's decision to do this, but feel that I should point out that the Times has artists and copywriters in its advertising department who never work on the news end of things.
Posted by SeattleYoko on October 17, 2012 at 3:30 PM · Report this
leek 8
What 7 said. If I still worked there, I would probably have been the poor schmuck forced to write the thing, and I was certainly not part of the newsroom. There are plenty of resources unconnected to the newsroom who can write and design the damn thing--the other questions are far more of a concern.
Posted by leek on October 17, 2012 at 3:45 PM · Report this
Posted by melville on October 17, 2012 at 4:21 PM · Report this
While you are at it Stranger take a look at the endorsement for Eaves against Maxwell in the 41st. Maxwell is one of the most successful business woman in Real Estate and prior to that in Banking and the implication in their editorial is that she has no business experience. Eaves is in fabrication and it looks like the Times is too. Evangeline Anderson, Realtor
Posted by Evangeline Anderson on October 17, 2012 at 5:46 PM · Report this
Occupy Seattle 11
Pretty shady stuff, but not a bit surprising since Seattle Times managed to endorse every time of teabagger Republican under the sun. From Rob McKenna the dork-vote getting Republican to Reagan Dunn the sleazy, can't be bothered to show up to work Republican to Kim Wyman the vote-suppressing let's not go crazy with voting rights Republican, to Rush Limbaugh hugging John Koster Republican, to the completely unqualified dental hygienist Republican Kristin Thompson. I am trying to get the Seattle Times here. Are they just selling out their endorsements willy nilly, or are they intentionally trying to restrict our democracy? How else can we explain Seattle Times's obsession with calling out Jay Inslee's ads for telling the truth, fawning over McKenna's retarded dance moves, and ignoring the fact that Sam Reed, our Republican Secretary of State, is doing everything under the sun to fuck with our ballots, voter pamphlets, and voter registrations?
Posted by Occupy Seattle on October 17, 2012 at 7:54 PM · Report this
MrBaker 12
End the state tax break for the Times.
Posted by MrBaker on October 17, 2012 at 9:18 PM · Report this

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