Media Re: Seattle Times Endorses McGavick
posted by October 22 at 11:50 AMon
I don’t have much to say about the Seattle Times and today’s embarrassing, transparent McGavick endorsement. It’s so obviously about the money, honey. Picking it apart requires taking it seriously, if only for a moment, and that temporarily lends the endorsement a legitimacy it doesn’t deserve. Blethen wants his estate tax cut and if it wasn’t clear before it sure is clear now: Frank’s employees on the edit board would endorse Jeffrey Dahmer on his orders if Dahmer promised to vote Frank’s way on the estate tax issue.
Does anyone doubt for a moment that the edit board at the Seattle Times would, if left to its own devices, endorse candidates that actually jibe with the position the edit board takes the rest of the year? But they don’t, because Frank won’t let them. A gun is held to their heads at endorsement time, and they fall in line, voting for Frank’s handpicked, hard-right, tax-slashing candidates.
I don’t know that much about the folks on the Seattle Times op-ed board, but I do know the folks on the Stranger Election Control Board pretty damn well. And all I can say is this: If Tim Keck attempted to meddle with the SECB as blatantly and aggressively as Frank Blethen meddles with the Seattle Times op-ed board, Josh Feit, Erica C. Barnett, Eli Sanders, Annie Wagner, et al, would quit in protest. (Keck sits on the SECB, but he’s a non-voting member. He has a veto, which he has used, I think, once in 15 years.)
So this morning I’m just left wondering this: How do Joni Balter and James Vesely sleep at night?