Media Today’s Seattle Times Opinion Pages
posted by April 23 at 15:05 PMon
Okay, today’s opinion pages in the Seattle Times are better than yesterday’s. Of the four pieces on Tuesday’s Seattle Times opinion pages, three had already run in the New York Times—one was three days old (four if you count when the column went live on the web).
Today’s opinion pages are a bit better—no, I take that back. They’re worse. There’s only one syndicated column—a day-old piece by Froma Harrop (“Raising the political bar in Minnesota”), which was originally published in the Providence Journal yesterday—and three original pieces. One is by Times editorial columnist Lynne K. Varner (“Getting testy over WASL leaves students still at risk”), in which Varner sets up a straw man and bravely slaps him down. (Uh, Lynne? It’s possible to be for high standards and against standardized tests like the WASL.) As for the other two pieces, well, they ought to be paid advertisements.
Our first oughta-be-a-paid-advertisement is by anti-tax crusader Tim Eyman (“Washington state’s taxpayers have reached the tipping point”). Tim’s very original observation? Why, Washington state taxpayers are mad as hell and they’re not going to take it anymore and—no way!—Tim is running an initiative campaign right now that’s really gonna show those douchebags in Olympia and blah blah blah and here’s my website. Shouldn’t Eyman report this piece as an in-kind contribution?
And today’s final piece is by Kathleen Connors (“Korean free-trade pact important for Washington”). She’s the president of the “Seattle-based Washington Council on International Trade.” Connors’s piece is about Korean free-trade pact and guess what?!? She’s for it! No way! WAY!!! The president of the Washington Council on International Trade is for a free-trade pact—click this link and prepare to have your minds blown, mothafuckers!
Well, at least I think Connors is for the Korean free-trade pact—I mean, that’s the impression I get from the first two paragraphs, which is as far as I could make it into Connors’s piece. I challenge anyone to read Connors’s entire press release—excuse, opinion piece, “special to The Times”—without nodding off. If I may tweak a phrase: Connors is Ambien in print.
So there’s less syndicated stuff on today’s Seattle Times opinion pages. But, sheesh, I’ll take days-old Kristol/Dowd/Brooks/Herbert/Kristof over this crap.