Conflict of Interest Tension at The Stranger
posted by July 20 at 15:24 PMon
posted by Jeff Kirby
It’s probably not wise that I speak out against a Stranger writer in his own forum, but his brazen words in this week’s paper have left me little choice. Brendan Kiley’s article about the Seattle Center is irresponsible journalism at its worst; the kind of near-sighted, poorly researched slander that should cost a journalist his job in a fair and just world. He left out the single most important aspect of the story, the center of Seattle Center: this is where one goes to get good taffy. The Center house may be built like an armory, and it may have had maggots fall from the ceiling at one point, but god damn it if it isn’t the only place I know around here where a man can get some fresh, flavorful taffy. Kiley advocates for “plan four,” in which it is suggested the Center House “build a fancy-ish restaurant up top and some cheaper cafes on the bottom, mak[ing] the whole thing less a food court and more a place you’d want to be.” The Center House is better than a “food court,” Mr. Kiley. You can’t get freshly pulled taffy at the goddamn mall, now can you? And what do you suggest we build in its place? A “cheap café”? I don’t want a cheap café; I want to see my taffy being made in front of my eyes, like Benihana for people who still have their soul. But you, like the people in charge of plotting the destruction of this city treasure, obviously just don’t get it. For shame, Brendan Kiley. For shame.