March 15, 2009
ICYMI: Seattle Times Plays Name that Party

It's an oft-found trick: Republicans accused of malfeasance find their party affiliation in the headline, story lede, and repeated ad nauseum. Democratic counterparts? Not so much.

The latest, a local conservative blogger and prominent Twitterer catches the Seattle Times being curiously sketchy about naming the known party affiliation of Scott Noble. Indeed, Friday's story on Noble's problems with alcohol never comes out and says that yes, Noble is a Democrat and was elected as such.

MSM folks sometimes wonder why conservatives have a skeptical view of them. These sort of repeated disparities in how this genre of stories are reported is a great example why.

Posted by Eric Earling at March 15, 2009 12:28 PM | Email This
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1. Perhaps the Times reporters were too caught up in their giddiness over Bristol Palin's break up with her boyfriend to bother to mention that Noble is a Democrat.

Posted by: Bill Cruchon on March 15, 2009 12:17 PM
2. Absolutely NONE of the local talking heads have bothered to "name that party" with respect to Noble. Moreover, they seldom mention the "race" of any alleged thug, unless of course they are white. The entire focus of the "news" of late has been "the weather." But, as they continually remind us "they dig deep."

What a bunch of pathetic bloviators.

Posted by: ChasW on March 15, 2009 12:25 PM
3. Hmmm and liberals wonder why SeaPI,LAT,NYT,SanfranChron,chicago Trib.....California,NY,Florida all liberal run all BUNKRUPT!!!!..Under Comrade President Obama the U.S.A is soon to follow...Glad I invested in firearms mfg. and Ammo mfg. companies..cause Comrade Obama was named gun salesman of the year..my stocks are doin GREAT!!!

Posted by: hellpig on March 15, 2009 12:26 PM
4. "Repeated disparities"? "Curiously sketchy?" The previous 3 stories about Noble, at least as found on the Times's website, clearly identify him as a Democrat. In addition, the Times has covered the Noble story heavily and has demanded his resignation, so it's hard to see the bias. And the position has little to do with politics; it's not like Noble, or his office, has been involved in a lot of partisan controversies.

Whining about random minutiae makes you sound like, uh, a whiner.

Posted by: Bruce on March 15, 2009 01:00 PM
5. Hmm, hellpig we just contributed a bit to the Remington Company, and the Federal Cartridge Company. When I buy ammo now all I hear is how it's flying off the shelves. Might have to buy a few firearms shares myself!

Posted by: Bill Cruchon on March 15, 2009 01:00 PM
6. Bruce I note that the Times article in the 13th never identified Noble as a Democrat. An earlier article didn't mention his affilliation until near the very end.

You miss the point here. If Noble had been a Republican stories would have begun with, "Republican Assessor Scott Noble".

You choose to pretend not to be aware of this double standard. Yet you clearly are or you wouldn't have bothered to comment about it.

Posted by: Bill Cruchon on March 15, 2009 01:12 PM
7. BilLC@6, no, I am not "aware of this double standard"; I am aware of your paranoid delusion that there is a double standard.

Attempting to "prove" that there is a double standard by citing a few specific stories is as ridiculous as attempting to "prove" that manmade climate change is a myth by citing a few snowstorms. Only a fool would do that.

And no, a story would be unlikely to begin "Republican Assessor...". Party affiliation just isn't such a big deal in this story. You are really grasping here; don't hurt yourself.

Posted by: Bruce on March 15, 2009 01:36 PM
8. Bruce, you doth protest too much...

I can always tell when I've hit the mark with you people. When you use terms like "paranoid delusion" I know I've touched a nerve.

You know exactly what Eric and I are referring to. Or do you not recall the media hysteria over Sarah Palin's clothes?

You might try to be objective. I know, it's awfully difficult for leftists.

Posted by: Bill Cruchon on March 15, 2009 02:33 PM
9. "I am aware of your paranoid delusion that there is a double standard."

And who better to know what "delusion" is then a leftist who refuses to admit to the evidence placed in front of him... because, well, he's a leftist.

Posted by: Hinton on March 15, 2009 02:34 PM
10. According to the comments section, the first Seattle Times story about Noble's DUI did not mention his party affiliation at all. It was added to the story by writer Keith Ervin after commenters complained.

I just googled a few stories about the late Jim West, former state legislator who was caught up in a sex scandal. They always mention the word "Republican" either in the headline or within a couple sentences from the start.
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2003145974_westobit23m.html

Those who deny a bias are just in a dream world.

Posted by: russell garrard on March 15, 2009 02:41 PM
11. As a former leftist Hinton I can attest to what you say here.

Leftists can say with a straight face that NBC, CBS, ABC, NPR, PBS,CNN, MSNBC, The New York Times, LA Times, Washington Post, and on and on are "mainstream" media outlets. Not to mention our two local objective rags. On the other hand they scream that Fox News,(which most of them have never bothered to watch), is a right wing extremist outlet.

I talk about brainwashing all the time when describing the left. I literally think that it's true. You can throw logic and evidence at them until the cows come home. They lost their ability to be objective somewhere in the leftist indoctrination process. Or they are nasty controlling nanny state socialists who will lie because they believe that "by any means necessary" they must achieve their goals. But I wouldn't want to be called "paranoid".


It's creepy, really.

Posted by: Bill Cruchon on March 15, 2009 02:59 PM
12. PI will be dead this week. Next up The Times!

Posted by: Bye Bye liberal media lies on March 15, 2009 03:29 PM
13. @ Bill C,yes last I heard there is a 100,000 backlog on firearms and a 1,000,000 back ordering of Ammo...if you are investing watch Comrade Obama's key words..2nd amendment..rstrictions...new mandatory gun owners insurance...if he can't change the law he will tax the laws....with Holder as AG we should all take heed.....

R.I.P. Liberal rags

Posted by: hellpig on March 15, 2009 03:38 PM
14. hellpig, that's just what I was talking about with another guy at the gun counter last week. Obama won't be able to eliminate handguns and rifles but what he will do is tax the bleep out of them, and ammunition as well.

Maybe it is this kind of thing that will finally wake up those rural traditional Democratic voters. It ain't their father's Democratic Party. Not by any stretch of the imagination.

Posted by: Bill Cruchon on March 15, 2009 04:02 PM
15. SO busted, Seattle Times! And stop wondering, Times, why we don't take your paper. Just read the post. Maybe you can avoid going the way of the PI.

I didn't know about the whole Scott Noble thing until just a day or two ago. It was kept so quiet. Just really amazing. And only now does the democrat party claim he should step down? Some in the KC democrat party HAD to know about this. Methinks they only want him to step down now because now the whole county knows about it and they want to keep the seat. Not because the taxpayers deserve better (which they do; we didn't know our tax dollars were paying a guy who blew off work to go on days-long binges). KC democrats seemed fine with this as long as he was winning the position. Now that they feel they could lose the seat, they call for his resignation. Just lettin' you guys know we read between the lines.

Posted by: Michele on March 15, 2009 07:19 PM
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