October 21, 2006
The P-I isn't in it

The Washington News Council is holding an open hearing today to air grievences alleged by the King County Sheriff's Office against the Seattle Post-Intelligencer over the P-I's recent series of articles about the Sheriff's Office, "Conduct Unbecoming".

The News Council is a non-profit organization sponsored by members of the public and news organizations with the mission

To help maintain public trust and confidence in the news media by promoting fairness, accuracy and balance, and by creating a forum where the public and the news media can engage each other in examining standards of journalistic fairness.
But the P-I refuses to participate in the public examination of the Sheriff's complaints, believing, apparently, that fairness and transparency are standards meant for other people to adhere to.

Posted by Stefan Sharkansky at October 21, 2006 12:28 PM | Email This
1. Which news organizations sponsor the Washington News Council? I've not seen any listed anywhere. In fact, one of the great complaints is that the Washington News Council, unlike similar organizations elsewhere, was founded WITHOUT the support of news organizations.

And why not talk about forty percent of the board of the Washington News Council recusing themselves in this spat between the Sheriff and the P-I because of conflicts of interest? The media have their faults, but refusing to appear before a self-appointed kangaroo court is NOT one of them.

Maybe Sue Rahr should put as much effort into taming the union as she is in fighting the P-I.

Posted by: Captain Wierd on October 21, 2006 05:35 PM
2. The PI is a hopelessly slanted liberal rag. The sooner the JOA clause is exercised by the Times, the better. That leftwing mouthpiece is nothing but a propaganda outlet for Liberal Democrats.

Posted by: pbj on October 21, 2006 06:38 PM
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