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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

The Seattle Times Is Officially a Republican Newspaper

Posted by on Wed, Oct 17, 2012 at 12:55 PM

By giving away free advertising to a Republican candidate for governor—while providing nothing to a Democratic candidate—the Seattle Times is officially declaring its partisan bias. It's not just in the editorials. The newspaper is a Republican newspaper.

And that's fine. There's nothing wrong with being an unrepentant GOP news outlet. But don't give us any bullshit about any aspect of that operation being neutral. The pages of the Seattle Times have never been neutral. The paper's bias has been exposed in what they choose to report, choose not to report, and by pushing the ed board's agenda from the front page of the paper. Now the paper has surrounded its entire operation with its true Republican leanings. Which, again, is just fine.

Just don't give us any bullshit about it being "objective journalism."


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Rujax! 1
Can somebody buy the PI and bring it back?

Posted by Rujax! on October 17, 2012 at 1:13 PM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 2
Not even when they are forced to give that rag away for free.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on October 17, 2012 at 1:16 PM · Report this
You_Gotta_Be_Kidding_Me 3
Pot calls kettel black. Again.
Posted by You_Gotta_Be_Kidding_Me on October 17, 2012 at 1:22 PM · Report this
Phoebe in Wallingford 4
Being partisan and objective are not mutually exclusive in news organizations.
Posted by Phoebe in Wallingford on October 17, 2012 at 1:24 PM · Report this
camlux 5
I'll subscribe to the Times when Frank Blethen jumps off the Aurora Bridge. And only to cut out and frame the obit.

I wouldn't taint my fish by wrapping them in the Times.
Posted by camlux on October 17, 2012 at 1:26 PM · Report this
You_Gotta_Be_Kidding_Me 6
Jesus Dom. What are you smoking?
"it will develop and place political ads in the newspaper in support of Yes on Marriage Equality R-74"
Is that the Republican plank this year? (Man, times have changed!)
Posted by You_Gotta_Be_Kidding_Me on October 17, 2012 at 1:29 PM · Report this
Does this mean the Times' staff will no longer be allowed on Inslee's pressers?
Posted by Mr John on October 17, 2012 at 1:29 PM · Report this
Fifty-Two-Eighty 8
And then there's The Stranger, which doesn't even attempt to be objective. Pot, meet kettle.
Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty on October 17, 2012 at 1:34 PM · Report this
Teslick 9
1: Nobody would read the PI either.
Posted by Teslick on October 17, 2012 at 1:39 PM · Report this
Phoebe in Wallingford 10
@9: I would!
Posted by Phoebe in Wallingford on October 17, 2012 at 2:10 PM · Report this
The "Republican newspaper" that endorses Democrats Barack Obama, Maria Cantwell, Troy Kelley, Peter Goldmark, Mike Kreider, Brad Owen, many D legislative candidates and R-74?

Dominic, you're an idiot.
Posted by Tony the Tiger on October 17, 2012 at 2:15 PM · Report this
The whole kettle-meet-pot thing is bullshit.

If the Seattle Times is a kettle, the Stranger is more like a toaster or a curling iron.

The Stranger flaunts their opinions like rainbow flags at Pride (they flaunt those too). The Times, on the other hand, comes up with this load of crap: "This is a business decision that is completely separate from journalism functions".

Your company just gave $80,000 to the McKenna campaign and now you're hinting it's impartial?


Posted by HK0 on October 17, 2012 at 2:19 PM · Report this
CC-Rob 13
Don't forget the Times also endorsed GW Bush -and Rossi twice. Didn't they also endorse Hutchinson over Dow?

No wonder nobody reads that rag!
Posted by CC-Rob on October 17, 2012 at 2:35 PM · Report this
The Tacoma News Tribune has a better sports section, anyway.
Posted by OOF POOF on October 17, 2012 at 3:04 PM · Report this
Canadian Nurse 15
Can any of you commenters read? Dominic was complaining about them calling themselves unbiased when they are a republican newspaper. They're okay with partisan reporting and they obviously know they do it themselves.
Posted by Canadian Nurse on October 17, 2012 at 3:25 PM · Report this
Just Jeff 16
Ignoring that the Times endorses Barack Obama's reelection, sure.
Posted by Just Jeff on October 17, 2012 at 3:37 PM · Report this
Cascadian Bacon 17
I was gonna write about the pot calling the kettle black but 2 and 8 beat me to it.
Posted by Cascadian Bacon on October 17, 2012 at 3:51 PM · Report this
Of course the Seattle Times is endorsing Barack Obama. He's the most sane of all the Republican candidates this year. Sure, he's well to the right of Eisenhower and Nixon, but I'm pretty sure they would have approved of his smooth handling of the coup in Honduras, among so many other slick accomplishments.
Posted by PCM on October 17, 2012 at 4:34 PM · Report this
It's easy to endorse President Obama in a state and city that will give him the vast majority of the vote. It isn't really fair to compare that to the endorsement of a candidate (with a massive donation on top of it) in a close race for governor.
Posted by Rocky Mountain Ben on October 17, 2012 at 4:37 PM · Report this
Another great example of the Times' bias.

The Letters to the Editor section is really the "public square" of the newspaper. And yet, this week they ran a photo of a charter school supporter complete with "yes" signs behind her.

We at NO On 1240 asked for equal time but no go.

The Times is determined to continue to blur the line between all sections of their newspaper. They really hurt their reporters ability to get information from sources.
Posted by westello on October 17, 2012 at 4:41 PM · Report this
Gee, the Stranger complains about the slant? Pot, meet kettle.
Posted by Mister G on October 17, 2012 at 4:45 PM · Report this
Dominic Holden 22
@21) You can't really be as stupid as you pretend to be. The paper's slant is "fine," as the post says. Only an idiot could miss that because I wrote it twice. So I assume you're just acting like an idiot--to fool people who are actually idiots. The issue is that Seattle Times can't credibly claim their operation is neutral anymore. The Stranger, as you know, never claimed to be neutral.
Posted by Dominic Holden on October 17, 2012 at 5:12 PM · Report this
Dominic, you are such an infected moron. What is it, brain cancer? Or are you just a lifelong common retard? Look, you dripping "progressive" dumbfuck, the Stranger has no standing whatsoever to attack the Seattle Times for a lack of objectivity. It'd be like the Taliban condemning the United States for our human rights record, right after hacking off another head.

Besides, shithead, you know, but won't dare say (because, like Fox News, your job is to tell your idiot chorus what it wants to hear) that the Seattle Times's problem is one of appearances. If the owner runs an political ad in the paper, it doesn't mean that anything has changed in the newsroom.

Yes, the appearance is a problem for them. But it's their problem, not the problem of some free weekly rag that hasn't committed journalism in a decade or more. For the likes of you to go on the rag about the Seattle Times is a fucking joke, just like you and everyone else who works there.
Posted by Mister G on October 17, 2012 at 11:19 PM · Report this
Christampa 24
@23 - The Stranger is a Pulitzer Prize winning paper
Posted by Christampa on October 17, 2012 at 11:29 PM · Report this
As if that matters anymore.
Posted by Mister G on October 17, 2012 at 11:35 PM · Report this
Christampa 26
Oh, I forgot to mention that it was awarded in the past year.
Posted by Christampa on October 17, 2012 at 11:53 PM · Report this
watchout5 27
I wouldn't read the times if they paid me. After this? I wouldn't consider it firewood. What a waste of space. I wish we had a daily newspaper. Instead we have Republican Times. Malarkey!
Posted by watchout5 on October 18, 2012 at 2:54 AM · Report this
Hi. You fail to mention the ST support of the gay marriage initiative. Also, Rob McKenna is EXTREMELY liberal for a republican. And the paper endorses Obama.
So.... I call BS.
Posted by digsafe on October 18, 2012 at 9:43 AM · Report this
There are SO few media sources that actually "report the news" in an unbiased manner, what journalism is supposed to be. All the networks and papers are bought.
There are some independent sources that attempt to be a "free press", but it's not the mainstream.
It's so sad that for a semi-literate country, we are all being brainwashed night and day...
and now the Seattle Times joins the fray--at least the reporters protested thank you!!
Wish it was more civilized, but no, it has to be constant ranting...just like in this column.
While respecting another's viewpoint, you can disagree-strongly, but you reveal a lot about yourself by how you communicate.
The "aggresives" of the world have to be fought against, as they will dominate unless reigned in unfortunately...
Peace on Earth? Let's hope so, for the future of our race!!
Posted by concerned citizen II on November 4, 2012 at 10:50 PM · Report this

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