May 09, 2007
King County Elections E-mails (IV): Fuming at the uncooperative press

The folks at King County Elections have a habit of throwing temper tantrums when the news coverage is something other than obsequious praise for the Elections office.

Aug. 3 : Spokeswoman Bobbie Egan confesses to once having:

a very embarrassing altercation between me and the news director who sent me the text to the audio to prove their coverage was fair and unbiased
Oct. 10: Egan didn't approve of this article, and snidely e-mailed her colleagues:
Keith is filling in for Sharon Chan while she is on vacation in China for the next two weeks. Keith enjoys writing stories about King County Elections staff taking vacations and plans to write a story about Jim Buck's long-planned anniversary vacation. ... When asked, Keith said he would consider writing a story about Sharon Chan's vacation to China.
Egan later added:
Forgive the sarcasm... I do not care if [Ervin] reads this e-mail through a public records request.
Assume that he just did.

Oct. 12: Voter registration clerk Michael Busick spent his work day complaining to Ervin about the Buck vacation article and composing an angry letter to the editor. [Is that what the taxpayers pay voter registration staff to do? I rather doubt it.]

Nov. 16: Egan complains:

The Seattle Times article is unbalanced ... Makes you wonder if the paper purposefully omitted parts of the story ... my recommendation is that we use the Canvassing Board as a forum to correct misinformation and unbalanced reporting.
(As it turns out, serving as a propaganda agency is not among the Canvassing Board's statutory duties).

These people sound almost as bad as Spiro Agnew.

Posted by Stefan Sharkansky at May 09, 2007 12:01 PM | Email This
1. Reading those two letters reveals the following about the writer:

1) Very juvenile in attitude and personality

2) Not all that bright, but thinks he is

Posted by: H Moul on May 9, 2007 01:09 PM
2. "I don't think we're in any danger here. We're running along as a well-oiled machine that we've been improving on," said Sherril Huff Menees

Is that why elections feel a bit slimey?

Posted by: PC on May 9, 2007 01:32 PM
I don't which is worse, the ridiculousness of Seattle Libs policies, or the incompetence of the Olympia Bureacracy that they mollycoddle.

Posted by: John Bailo on May 9, 2007 02:55 PM
4. Mr. Busick seems wicked off at the Seattle Times's intentional omissions from their reporting on King County Elections. He shouldn't be. What the Times omitted during all the attention to the 2004 election was a great body of public information, whose omission accrued to Busick, Egan & Co's advantage.

That body of public information was dug up, discovered and pried out of KCE's unwilling clutches by one Stefan Sharkansky, and was posted day by day on this blog in vivid photographic displays. Double votes, mailbox voters and other fake addresses, dead voters, you name it, KCE eagerly bent the rules to count them.

And the Seattle Times, and the P-I? Would they follow such clear leads to elections malfeasance, and devote some real resources to following them? Uh, no, some tainted civilian 'not a journalist' had made the discoveries and posted the evidence, so the papers held their noses and published gossip columns and denigrations of the BIAA. Rejoice, oh Bobbie Egan and Michael Busick, that those papers covered your tender butts when the chips were really down.

Posted by: Hank Bradley on May 9, 2007 04:29 PM
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