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No. You are not "abused" for what you choose to write about.
The disagreements come from your practice of "advocacy journalism" and your decision to skip any facts that contradict the position that you've taken.
Disagreeing with the conclusions that you claim are supported by the stories you link to is not "abuse".
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Just for the record, Goldy, I read nearly everything you post, and with enthusiasm. You cover topics I very much care about and illuminate areas of public policy into which I have very little insight otherwise. I appreciate the wonky writing work you do. Cheers!
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Every time Goldy says "our state's paper of record" a fairy gets his wings.
4
Let's see if The Stranger has the stones to list its top 10 of the year.

1. Dan Savage: How much cum can a dude guzzle before puking it up?

2. Dan Savage: Is S&M ethical if one party's a retard with a mental age of 12 and the other is actually 12?

3. Dan Savage: 7 new uses for the water in your toilet bowl.

4. Dan Savage: How to remove cum for your ear canal.

5. Dan Savage: The politics of a severe yeast infection

6. Dan Savage: If two lesbians each wear a strapon, who goes first?

7. Dan Savage: 'Muff diver' is a racist term.

8. Dan Savage: Yes. it's "GGG" when one wrestler sticks his finger up another wrestler's butt right there on the matt.

9. Dan Savage: I can call them trannies, but you'd better not.

10: Goldy explains the state budget
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Back in 1989 I remember at typical Seattle Times front page headline, Sunday edition, was something like Slug Races Begin!

So at least it's a little more exciting.
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I didn't get my presidential election news from the Seattle Times.
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I've read nearly every Goldy story here and on HorsesAss. Nearly always think they are worth reading.

I just don't want to see Stranger writers complaining that the media won't cover something. Because the Stranger is the media. So write about the crap that they think needs covering.
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Goldy: where are these most read stats coming from? Is this online readership? If so, is this just most picked stories on the way to the sports scores?

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The "most popular" stories are all one-off events. The election is an ongoing story lasting months. The news is repackaged every few hours under a new headline.

If you wanted to really judge the popularity of a story, you would have to add up the accumulated hits of many articles across the larger narrative. For example, how many different stories did Romney's "47%" gaff get packed into? How would the accumulated hits off all these stories compare to the new MS logo?
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> Had somebody been fucked to death by horse during a snow storm, that would have surely made the top of the list.

Isn't that Microsoft's new logo?
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You could always just look at what Mudede posts, and do the opposite.
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The Stranger does well when the writers stick to their turf. The worse abuse from the reader comments, or at least this reader's comments, comes when you start writing about things that are far outside your expertise.

A good day on Slog has Mudede telling a story about growing up or discussing art, Goldy covering local politics, and Savage writing about life and sex.

A bad day on Slog has Mudede covering economics, Goldy covering nuclear damage, and Savage doing TV show recaps.
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"It's one of those interesting paradoxes about the news business. People complain when KING-5 cancels public affairs programming like Up Front with Robert Mak, and yet the only news they're really interested in tuning in for are stories about mayhem, tragedy, scandal, sports, and the weather. (And Microsoft's new logo, apparently. Go figure.)"

...and _this_ is news?

No, seriously, the people who complain about the dearth of "real" news in the news should not be surprised that they are outnumbered by those more interested in consuming something less complicated.

Wanting to have wonkery make the most popular stories, is like the state champion chess team, wanting to be the homecoming game, rather than the mediocre football team. Sure, it makes a certain kind of sense, but misses the overall reality completely.
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If the Seahawks win the Superbowl, is that something that OUGHT not to be in the top 10 stories? Why or why not?
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The news has changed quite a bit. Not only what people seek in the print media, but what happens on the television news. There's this newer style of "story telling" on the news and KOMO is the worst about it. The reporter takes on a dramatic tone in her voice and wastes a lot of time with human interest details before getting to the point. It's so annoying.

Anyway, this is the stuff that people like and so not many are going to have the patience for actual information.
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My first choices are usually science nerd stuff. The Times doesn't interest me. The P.I. is more relevant. The P.I. top ten are probably more cerebral.
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@15
"The reporter takes on a dramatic tone in her voice and wastes a lot of time with human interest details before getting to the point."

Yes. If the subject of the story is not 100% clear in the first 5 seconds then they've failed.
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I wouldnt be surpised if comics page/editorial cartoon hits aren't counted and would easily be in the top ten most days.
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They are the top ten stories on the seattletimes.com, Goldy, not the the top ten stories in the Seattle Times. I know you knew that, but would rather make some kind of point that be accurate.
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You're definitely one of my favorites here at the Stranger, Goldy. I loved the stuff on the state budget. Keep on keeping on!
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#16, which story currently on the PI do you find the most cerebral? NFL Cheerleaders at Christmas, or A Christmas Story:Where Are They Now, or perhaps Celeb Babies of 2012?
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@21 Molester Traded Girl Computer for Strip Show.
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@22 Missed that one! (Hadn't realized you were being tongue-in-cheek about the PI being more cerebral, sorry).
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A list of top read stories is likely to over represent single stories about one-time events. These are events that are big enough to cause large amount of interest but only a single article or maybe two. Stories that produce a large number of stories, like an election, everybody is going to be read some stories, but everyone is not going to the same stories. Sampling error.
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My faves are the editorial fiskings. Man, oh man, does the Times ever need it.

But your budget stories? Need more bullet points. And tables. And charts. And graphs. Seriously. They're complex stories, and writing walls of paragraphs is not the most effective way to communicate them. I know that makes me sound like an anti-intellectual, but it's the gods-honest truth.

Budget stories are crucial. Please make it your new year's resolution to report them more effectively, which means more visually.
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I'm quite smug that I hadn't most (any?) of those most read stories!
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Don't be a dick, Goldy. There's more demand for good political reporting now than there ever has been. The fact that weather news and The Avengers attract mass audiences doesn't mean that there is no audience for other stuff. Further evidence you're wrong? Pretty much the biggest single author blog in the world is Krugman, a joyfully partisan wonkish beardy bloke. There's plenty of market for you out there. And right here.
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I've been thinking about this a good deal as I keep seeing commercials for Jimmy Kimmell's late night programs bumping up to the 11:30 (Nightline) time slot. Obviously Nightline hasn't been the same since TK left, but it's still unfortunate.
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Holy crap! There's a local newspaper called The Seattle Times????

Now that is news to the rest of us.........
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Geez Louise, Goldstein!!!!

You mean that "news cycle" whereby they repeat the same meme....er, story, 24 hours a day, as in if it's Tuesday it's gun control all 24/7.....if it's Thursday it's the "fiscal cliff" 24/7....

I mean, isn't all that entertainment stuff on NPR news, after all?????

Just what exactly is this Seattle Times anyway? I'm only familiar with news publications.....like the Rolling Stone and Hustler magazines.

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