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Saturday, September 1, 2007

Parvaz & Sorbo: They’re in Saturday’s PI

posted by on September 1 at 10:35 AM

But why? D. Parvaz and Cathy Sorbo are the best op-ed columnists the PI’s got. Here’s Parvaz on Sen. Larry Craig…

Craig maintains that the guilty plea was a “mistake.” He was under pressure. He was being “hounded” by the press. You know how it is.

Okay, you might not, but there’s a bunch of Republicans who do. Forget about all the other scandals—Scooter Libby’s indictment, or the coke-dealing Thomas Ravenel, the South Carolina chairman for Rudy Giuliani’s presidential campaign. Focusing on the sex scandals alone offers plenty of fodder. Let’s see…

In July, Florida State Rep. Bob Allen was busted propositioning an undercover male cop in a park bathroom. He offered the officer $20 for oral sex.

But Allen also says he’s not guilty and that that he’s not gay. No, he’s not denying that he propositioned the cop, and he’s not saying that he was misunderstood when he made the offer. He says he did it because he was afraid the black cop would hurt him.

“This was a pretty stocky black guy, and there was nothing but other black guys around in the park,” Allen said, in describing the officer who approached him. Allen, who was also the co-chairman of Sen. John McCain’s campaign, said that he went along with it because he feared that if he didn’t offer to perform oral sex on the stranger, he “was about to be a statistic.”

Well, that’s the normal response any of us would have when we find ourselves (irrationally) intimidated by a stranger, right?

Good stuff—so why does the PI hide Parvaz to the little-read Saturday paper? Because she’s under 60? Because she can be outraged and funny at the same time? Why are full-of-shit, full-of-themselves gasbags like Robert Jameison and Joel Connelly given so much prime real estate while Parvaz and Sorbo—who has really grown as a columnist—are buried in Saturday’s paper, in an op-ed section patronizingly dubbed “Saturday Spin”? Because they’re ladies?

Connelly is a grouchy has-been, PI, and Jamieson is an affected dope. Parvaz is star—and the PI should start treating her like one.

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You got that right. D. Parvaz is the best thing in the P-I - funny and spot-on. And sweet mother of god, somebody get rid of "Girl About Town" (I think it's the Times) and give us more D. Parvaz.

Posted by Condiment Grrl | September 1, 2007 10:58 AM

Nobody reads the PI

Posted by klo | September 1, 2007 11:05 AM

I do. Love, love Parvaz. Sorbo makes my cringe, although I like her in person.

Some managers believe in this concept of 'senority' and that under 50 types like these two have to 'earn' their place, lest they intimidate the over 60 set. It's stupid.

Parvaz IS on the editorial board, however. That's pretty great.

Posted by me | September 1, 2007 11:17 AM

Speaking of grouchy, why are YOU working on a Staurday, Dan?

Posted by calvin | September 1, 2007 11:55 AM

@3 - It makes sense, because printed newspapers' primary audience is the 50 and over set. You know, people who don't use the internets, and the same group who won't be discarding their new Yellow Pages.

Posted by Mahtli69 | September 1, 2007 12:03 PM

Actually, that's awfully tame and standard commentary - shooting the wounded as they say - another, sigh, columnist with an opinion, doing no reporting whatsoever; she's "good" because you happen to agree with her (you aren't grooming her as your new best P-I columnist friend now that Paynter is gone are you?).
This columnist too will pass, leaving behind a body of work that once again no one will remember...

Posted by RegularPIreader | September 1, 2007 1:31 PM

How long is the box going to be there?

Posted by Katelyn | September 1, 2007 1:41 PM

And other comments made while high.

Posted by Katelyn | September 1, 2007 1:42 PM

Just read the Parvaz piece - on your hype - should be on her personal site -not very interesting, old stuff - the obvious - no conclusion just strung together old news snippets - some of the postings about the piece are more interesting than the article - no use of language

she is boring - Joel writes multiple circles around her

maybe in 20 more years ?? hire her Dan, teach her to get on point and shout - and maybe some wit - and new angle

Posted by lloyd | September 1, 2007 2:07 PM

The ownership of the PI has an incentive to let it go in the toilet, if the PI closes Hearst gets a portion of the Times profits for like 50 years

Posted by vooodooo84 | September 1, 2007 3:31 PM

@1 Condiment Grrl:

Hi Mel!

Posted by Mean Grrl? | September 1, 2007 7:31 PM

Joel C. is boring.

You know who wasn't boring? Kathleen Wilson. There, I said it.

Posted by me | September 1, 2007 8:55 PM

Hate to be a contrarian, but I can't fucking stand Parvaz's political stuff. She's a master of the obvious and always picks the easiest topics and comes to the most rote, knee-jerk liberal conclusions.

An example: When Bush was welcomed like a hero in Albania after getting (deservedly) mocked everywhere else in the world, one might want to know more. What is it about Bush and his fucked-up policies that appealed to them? Why is it that a society composed primarily of Muslims cheers our president, while more Christian nations like Germany and Italy greeted him with protests and scorn? There's an interesting story there.

But Parvaz isn't intellectually curious enough to try and answer the question. She wrote another diatribe filled with the same old recriminations and accusations. It was actually a form of insult, along the lines of, "hey Albania, if you're stupid enough to like this guy, you're welcome to him." It's lazy writing. Was she afraid she might find a valid reason why the Albanians like Bush? If she can't leave her shell of anti-Bush resentment long enough to be an actual reporter, she's rather useless, no?

Somebody else suggested hiring her at The Stranger. Good idea. Please help her to become a better journalist, or relegate her to softer topics better suited to non-investigative reporting.

Posted by Matthew | September 2, 2007 12:52 AM

the CIA has spent many millions building secret prisons in Albania -the most regressive country in all of Europe.

Interesting Bush would work with the most fucked of the old commie states - Albania and North Korea have a lot in common.

Posted by Jack | September 2, 2007 2:26 AM

Gawd, give me the reporter columnist like T.McDermott (now LA Times) R. Anderson (now Weekly)and others who actually left the building to get a story. Like Breslin, Hamill and Royko those type of street-politics types wrote with original style and humor; they didn't sit around the office and contemplate the mood and soul of America. Parvaz and Sorbo? Yeah, that's what journalism and the blogosphere need today - another opinion!

Posted by HereComeTheMarines | September 2, 2007 8:16 AM

@ #1: Yes!!!! Parvaz is the coolest thing they got, and all I see is that ridiculous "On the Town" tw-- everywhere. That column is the biggest joke on paper. A young asian chick pretends to be Mary Hart about double-z list not-even-celebrities in Seattle? And that is hip how and why? Parvaz's left eyebrow is savvier than that b----.

Parvaz has fantastic insights and is crazy funny--all while managing NOT to pander to the lowest common denominator. Which is what the P-I does on every other inch of the paper. I cancelled my subscription over that new NW section, BTW. I had a feeling it was aimed at me, in a purely demographic sense, so take that PI. Some of us ladies are not vacuous, Sex In The City worhipping, don't know nuthin but shopping wastes of space.

You're burying your lead and leading with fluff.

Posted by kirstee | September 2, 2007 11:01 PM

There's nothing wrong with being Asian. If Pamela Sitt was writing about something interesting in an interesting way, we'd all be happy that there was a top Asian reporter on staff.

As it is, I'm jealous of her hair, jealous that she's getting into swank parties for free all the time, and jealous that she's getting paid to write about them. Frankly, I don't want to hear about all the riche parties I'm missing while saving my pennies. Keep it to yourself, Pamela Sitt!

Posted by la | September 3, 2007 12:24 AM

Isn't it a shame that DOROTHY Parvaz couldn't take her praise with grace? Instead she had to get her "little friends" to jump on Pam Sitt, down to the Asian bashing. Nice little show of racism there, DOROTHY. How's come you stoop to that? Was it over a job you lost?

Posted by Bea Yotch | September 3, 2007 7:40 PM

I second Here Comes The Marines: Too many (almost all) columnists, news and editorial pages, are telling us merely what they think, not what they know - perhaps because they don't know much more than we do. When you finally find someone who is informed - reports AND opines - even when you disagree (Christopher Hitchens comes to mind), it's a rare discovery today.

Posted by RedmanWalking | September 4, 2007 9:07 AM

@18: Why is it so hard for you to believe that people could dislike Pamela Sitt's vapid, forgettable columns without prompting from others?

Posted by J.R. | September 4, 2007 9:36 AM

I'm just happy they moved Parvaz from the "lifestyle" (aka Girl Journalist Ghetto) to the editorial section. It was about damn time, too.

Posted by Geni | September 4, 2007 1:40 PM

Dan Savage must be joking. Parvaz is an idiot, a late-30s "writer" who sounds more like a high school student. Her writing reads like something out of a college newspaper, at best. If she's actually intelligent, she manages to hide it by littering her writing with inane filler such as "natch," "umm," "eeeuwww" and "for reals" - perhaps to mask the fact that she has nothing insightful to say. She also seems completely unable to make a point without some lame (usually dated) pop culture reference. In today's about the woes of traveling to Vancouver, B.C., she remarked that train service was "as irregular as Britney Spears' period." As Parvaz might write - uuuugh.

The Seattle P-I can do better. It's insulting to the younger demographic they're trying to attract to believe that those readers don't want or deserve something more intelligent than Parvaz's vapid, inane ramblings.

Posted by Seattle Reader | September 8, 2007 9:25 AM

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