October 15, 2009
Media Bias at the Seattle Times

I find it curious how the Seattle Times decided to jump on the PDC complaint filed by the King County Democrats against Susan Hutchison yesterday even though an investigation of that complaint hasn't been opened yet but similar coverage of the complaint filed against the Constantine campaign wasn't given coverage by major news media until after the PDC decided to open an investigation weeks after the first complaint was initially filed and smaller news outlets, including SoundPolitics, covered the story.

I called Bob Young, the reporter who wrote the story in the Seattle Times and he said it wasn't his decision. He referred me to his editor Richard Wagoner but unfortunately he is out of the office until next week and couldn't be reached.

This is media bias in its worst form. It's no wonder fish wrap like the Times continues to lose readers as alternative media outlets like blogs and alternative weeklies grow.

Posted by MarkGriswold at October 15, 2009 10:19 AM | Email This
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1. Truly, media bias in its worst form.

Times, this is why we don't subscribe. Have you no shame?

Posted by: Michele on October 15, 2009 11:08 AM
2. No surprise. On most days of the week there is no conservative voice at the Seattle Times editorial page. There is nothing but a relentless drum beat of agit-prop for the left, pro-homosexual marriage drivel, and running interference for incompetent and/ or corrupt liberal public office holders, boards and organizations.

My wife is in the habit of having a newspaper in her hand when she drinks her morning coffee. That is the *only* reason our subscription has not been cancelled during the past ten years. Believe me, I look forward to the Blethens doing a P-I.

Posted by: attila on October 15, 2009 11:35 AM
3. # 2: So sad. Both Constantine and Hutchison are voting FOR Referendum 71 and AGAINST I 1033. This was in the Seattle Times. I read it to see what the enemy is up to. Unfortunately, reading it in the last couple of months revealed the Hutchison has betrayed the conservatives. How sad!

Posted by: Cynical on October 15, 2009 12:36 PM
4. # 2: So sad. Both Constantine and Hutchison are voting FOR Referendum 71 and AGAINST I 1033. This was in the Seattle Times. I read it to see what the enemy is up to. Unfortunately, reading it in the last couple of months revealed the Hutchison has betrayed the conservatives. How sad!

Posted by: Cynical on October 15, 2009 12:36 PM
5. Every article in the Times comes from the New York Times, the AP, or multiple other liberal news organs. Perhaps once a week they throw in an opinion piece from a conservative.

I suppose that should not be surprising in a city that's become as left as Seattle has.

Aren't Seattle leftists fun? They will turn their snooty noses up at you if you tell them you watch Fox News, (we've tried this experiment).

The Times simply panders to what they believe is a city filled with liberals. Liberals always believe everyone agrees with them. When they live in the big city where nearly everyone else is on the left that is probably true. It simply stuns them when someone doesn't march lockstep to liberal orthodoxy.

When they drive 100 miles in any direction they might find that people are not all liberals. Leftist Seattleites don't go to rural places. They fly to Paris, or some other place liberals go. They don't have a clue about how people think in Wenatchee, or Butte. These snots wouldn't got there if you paid them. The Seattle Times might want to figure that out, or they will lose their readership.

Posted by: Bill Cruchon on October 15, 2009 12:44 PM
6. The Seattle Times biased??? Say it ain't so! Next I'll find out Obummer uses teleprompters for all his speeches. (this is sarcasm, folks)

Posted by: Burdabee on October 15, 2009 02:27 PM
7. @5: They will turn their snooty noses up at you if you tell them you watch Fox News, (we've tried this experiment).

So you watch shallow partisan news, and you expect people to bow down at your feet for it? Indeed. I doubt you'd be quick to stand up for the likes of liberals in Salt Lake City or Tulsa, where the situation would be in reverse.

And you don't know the first thing about "Seattle liberals", Grumpy McWhinerson. Apparently, all you do is project this weird, bitter, distorted image on everyone else around you. Assuming that you represent the "kind rural folk" just because you're a conservative is too funny for words.

Posted by: demo kid on October 15, 2009 02:53 PM
8. "Grumpy McWhinerson."

You've just got to love liberals.

Pulling their chains and showing our dear readers who they are? Priceless.

Posted by: Bill Cruchon on October 15, 2009 03:08 PM
9. # 7 "So you watch shallow partisan news,..."

All news is partisan. One is partisan towards the Right, and all of the rest are partisan towards the Left.

Posted by: Gary on October 15, 2009 03:37 PM
10. The Seattle Times endorsed Hutchison.

Any comments on their bias, Mark?

Posted by: John Jensen on October 16, 2009 05:26 PM
11. John,

The editorial page is not the news page. I thought you would know that?

Posted by: Shanghai Dan on October 16, 2009 06:29 PM
12. Here's an article that points up the large scale media bias and how it has tried to keep left-wing corruption bottled up. {From Powerline}

James Taranto profiles our friend Andrew Breitbart and lets Andrew speak for himself in "Taking on the 'Democrat-media complex.'" Among other things, Andrew is the founder Breitbart News as well as the sites Big Hollywood and, most recently, Big Government.

Andrew is a genius a couple times over, with an instinctive sense of how to turn the power of the left back on itself. Discussing the strategy he employed to roll out the James O'Keefe/Hannah Giles videos of ACORN at work, Taranto quotes Andrew: "This plan wasn't just a means to defend against the media's desire to attack the messenger. It was also a means to attack the media and to expose them . . . for the partisan hacks that they are."

Taranto enters qualifications on Andrew's "harsh" judgment, but Breitbart's understanding of the modus operandi of the left in its media extension is one of the keys to his success. Andrew expands on his purpose in rolling out the ACORN story: "If they think that Acorn or the Democratic Party or the NEA or the Office of Public Engagement is the primary target, they couldn't be more wrong. It is the Democrat-media complex. It is the mainstream media."

Posted by: KDS on October 17, 2009 12:49 PM
13. Hello from Russia!
Can I quote a post in your blog with the link to you?

Posted by: Polprav on October 22, 2009 01:53 PM
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