I’ve often mocked the editorial judgment at The Seattle Times e.g. for never covering Microsoft’s $1.51 billion Nevada tax dodge ($4.37 billion if you include impacts from lobbying) – likely due to their cozy ties with Microsoft’s tax dodger in chief Brad Smith or when the paper endorsed George W. Bush for President in 2000 or when it paid for ads for Republican Gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna to prove how effective newspaper advertising is (McKenna lost). I’ve even called the recently launched paywall at The Times a public service – for protecting unsuspecting non-subscribers from reading their “journalism”. However, I was not prepared for this today: the front page story in The Seattle Times was that our beloved co-op will no longer take returns more than one year after purchase.
Don’t get me wrong – Seattle loves it its REI, our greenish consumer coop for mountain gear. But, front page news? Really? Maybe if this was Nordstrom (which became legendary for its practice of no questions asked returns), but REI? If you’ve ever looked for signs that corporate consumerist culture had co-opted the media, The Seattle Times would like to say – yes, we have been.
So, while the legislature remains in extended session because it still can’t come up with a budget because, in part, it’s missing $1 billion dollars the State Supreme Court has ordered it to find for education … you might think The Times might want to give its readers some context for this deficit, or Microsoft’s role in it (since Microsoft and it’s Chairman Bill Gates love to preach the importance of properly funding education). Or, if that’s just too racy for you, here are a few stories from The Stranger from Monday that The Times could have put on the front page instead:
- Followup on Saturday’s drive-by shooting of a 15 year old girl and the Washington State’s legislature failure to pass any gun control this year
- District May Transfer Teacher Whose Race and Social Justice Curriculum Drew Controversy
- Washington Legislator Leverages Part Time Status & Wages to Launch Acting/Pinup Career
- Seattle’s Getting a $90k Public Toilet in Exchange for Yet Another Developer Giveaway via Slog Previously, the city bought five toilets for $1 million each and ended up selling them on ebay for $2,500.
- Seattle Public Library Claims to Break the World Book Domino Chain World Record
The Seattle Times is a laughing stock at this point. It’s quickly becoming a pathetic waste of ink.