Media Bar Mitzvah Boy Paper
posted by August 7 at 12:03 PMon
I like to refer to the Seattle Times as a bar mitzvah boy paper.
With their pseudo highbrow language, attempts at writing stuffy editorials, and their self righteous “objectivity,” they think they’re coming on like adults.
Really, it’s a clumsy misread of adulthood. Unwittingly, they come across like 13-year-old boys in bar mitzvah suits; the fancy clothes actually highlight that they’re not really grown up. It’s cute.
It’s also annoying.
Take this thing with David Postman. The Seattle Times “Chief Political Reporter” scolded me yesterday for going with “In a Super Fucking Angry Email…” as a headline for a slog post.
(I had gotten my hands on a super fucking angry email from Port Commission Chair John Creighton.)
“Please excuse the (totally unnecessarily) profane headline on this Slog post,” Postman writes in his link to the post.
Postman’s so hung up on being stuffy about the whole thing (Dan whacks him for it better than I) that he unwittingly highlights some hilarious ironies that come in his attempt to lecture us on being a proper paper.
1.) Postman was forced to link our foul-mouthed newspaper because, like a newspaper’s supposed to, we actually had some news about the inner life of the port.
2.) The Seattle Times didn’t have the news, but judging from Postman’s post, it’s what they ended up reporting on anyway.
3.) The Creighton email was riddled with curse words, which A) is probably why the Seattle Times shied away from the news in print and B) which is why I used the headline I used.