News Shit’s in the PI
posted by November 22 at 16:40 PMon
From this morning’s Post-Intelligencer:
The operator of the Bellevue crane miraculously suffered only minor injuries, but his fitness for the job has been called into question because of his history of drug-related convictions.
And who was it that called Warren Taylor Yeakey’s fitness to operate a crane into question? It was the PI—and only the PI—that went after the Yeakey with both fucking barrels. The PI splashed his history of drug convictions all over its cover, complete with a sensationalistic headline that made it clear just who the PI thought was responsible for the accident. If anti-drug hysteria knocked over cranes the PI’s treatment of Yeakey wouldn’t have left one standing in the whole fucking state.
As I wrote earlier in the week, the PI’s treatment of Yeakey was a hypocritical departure from the PI’s usual take on folks with a history of drug abuse. Usually guys who get off drugs, go straight, and manage to hold down legit jobs come in for high praise in the pages of the PI—but only until something bad happens while a reformed drug user happens to be working in the vicinity. At that point the PI insists that the poor motherfucker’s “history of drug-related convictions” should have disqualified him from holding the job, whatever it is.
I wonder who exactly the PI thinks should be operating cranes or working construction around here? How squeaky clean does someone have to be? Should only nuns work construction? Girl Scouts? Lead singers in emo bands?