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Sunday, January 19, 2014

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Posted by on Sun, Jan 19, 2014 at 9:40 AM

I've Said It Once And I'll Say It Again: If the media is going to keep labeling Council member Kshama Sawant a socialist, they need to label the other politicians capitalists. Jen posted an interview last week on how Republicans use coded language to stir up support among racist segments of their base. It's little different when the Seattle Times, Seattle Weekly, and Seattle P-I all routinely use some combination of the words "fiery" and "socialist" in their reporting on Sawant—but they never use words like "staid" and "capitalist" to describe her colleagues at City Hall. It's code for: this person is not like the others, she's not mainstream, and she's a threat. The same terms were used by American journalists to marginalize Venezuela's Hugo Chavez.

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Dr. Z 1
Frankly, Ansel, the notion of you calling out other journalists for being ideologically biased is a bit rich.
Posted by Dr. Z on January 19, 2014 at 9:56 AM · Report this
dnt trust me 3
I think they're all incestuous. Calling another journalist out benefits them both. It's a get rich-get rich situation.
Posted by dnt trust me on January 19, 2014 at 10:01 AM · Report this
The detectives were running after an armed suspect and shot him while running away. They feared for their lives I presume ?

I presume there's a long history of The Stranger referring to CMKshama in stories while never mentioning socialism ?
Posted by ChefJoe on January 19, 2014 at 10:03 AM · Report this
ScrawnyKayaker 5
Routinely labeling all other pols "staid capitalist" would be fair, but it would wear thin soon enough.

I wonder if ANY of them would object?
Posted by ScrawnyKayaker on January 19, 2014 at 10:05 AM · Report this
Socialist elected officials are a rarity in the United States, so it makes sense that the press would go out of the way to label Sawant as one. There is no need to label non-socialist elected officials as such because that is the norm. When they says Sawant is 'fiery' that is a polite way of saying she lacks the tact and social grace characteristic of most politicians.
Posted by Ken Mehlman on January 19, 2014 at 10:07 AM · Report this
theophrastus 8
If the media is going to keep labeling Council member Kshama Sawant a socialist, they need to label the other politicians capitalists.
ah, 'guilt by lack of association' ...cunning! if you're not at one extreme you must be labeled the opposite. but just to show my painful ignorance, hasn't Ms Sawant herself declared her politics as socialist? (...not that there's anything wrong with that)
Posted by theophrastus on January 19, 2014 at 10:14 AM · Report this
Fifty-Two-Eighty 9
The media didn't marginalize Hugo Chavez; he did that all by himself.
Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty on January 19, 2014 at 10:15 AM · Report this
@2, you bring up a good point.

How come our media isn't asking if Sawant is an evil dictator?

After all, she was democratically elected, just like Chavez. And wasn't it just a couple of days ago that she had her jack-booted thugs in the Seattle Police Department arrest and silence one of her loudest critics? Clearly she hates America and its principals of free speech.
Posted by GermanSausage on January 19, 2014 at 10:22 AM · Report this

For Seattle to elect people they feel represent them is how it should work.

And when your crackpot notions about how people behave economically have the results socialist policy always has, you have only yourselves to blame.
Posted by Seattleblues on January 19, 2014 at 10:26 AM · Report this
@4 If there is probable cause to believe that the bad guy has committed a crime involving the infliction or threatened infliction of serious physical harm then the cops can shoot him simply to prevent him from escaping. You can read more about that here:…
Posted by Ken Mehlman on January 19, 2014 at 10:28 AM · Report this
Hey Herz?

Here's some free advice, kiddo. You're going to have biases as a journalist. They may even motivate a level of passion and dedication that makes a journalist a catalyst for needed change. But only if you trust your audience and the essential truth of your beliefs.

If you have to lie about, ignore or distort facts to support your beliefs, you won't convince yourself never mind your audience.

Edward R Morrow had Joe McCarthy on his radio show. He gave that bombastic ass time to speak uninterrupted because he knew what you don't. Either truth supported him and his idea of what America was or it didn't, and his listeners were smart enough to see through McCarthy's bs.

You're just a kid, maybe 20 or a bit older. Either you'll grow up and become, potentially, a journalist or you'll stay a whiny lying propagandist like the rest of those writing for the Stranger.
Posted by Seattleblues on January 19, 2014 at 10:38 AM · Report this
Pardon me, but didn't Sawant run as a Socialist? I believe she "labeled" herself.
Posted by tacomagirl on January 19, 2014 at 10:44 AM · Report this
Most media do refer to pols by their party affiliations, which is fair and is similar to how they are labeling Sawant. But can Stranger writers please use "media are", especially when explicitly referring to multiple kinds of media platforms (unless its only folks in the medium of print referring to her as a socialist).
Posted by carnivorous chicken on January 19, 2014 at 10:56 AM · Report this
raindrop 17
We might as well be prudent and include carnivore/vegetarian/vegan before capitalist/socialist.
Posted by raindrop on January 19, 2014 at 11:14 AM · Report this
trstr 18
Sawant is a member of the Socialist Alternative Party. That's the name of her party: Socialist Alternative. So she gets called a Socialist just as members of the Republican Party get called Republicans and members of the Democratic Party get called Democrats.

That is, unless you want to argue that Sawant be called a Socialist Alternativist. Would you prefer that?

(Also, there's nothing non-capitalist about Socialist Alternative, but I'm sure you knew that.)
Posted by trstr on January 19, 2014 at 11:26 AM · Report this
@7: the tact and social grace characteristic of most politicians.

Posted by LMcGuff on January 19, 2014 at 11:45 AM · Report this
If the media is going to keep labeling Council member Kshama Sawant a socialist,...

Well said, Mr. H., well said!

The newsy whorescum should refer to her properly, given her superior educational background compared to the hacks and flacks she'll be working with: the savant Sawant.

Failing that, they should, as you partially noted, refer to themselves as capitalist pigs and running dog lackeys of Wall Street and the Community Development Roundtable.

Good day.....
Posted by sgt_doom on January 19, 2014 at 12:19 PM · Report this
@14, seattleshrews: "You're just a kid....(to Ansel)"

Yeah, douchey, but you are just a douchetard.

@19, I believe he's from the planet called Hisanus.

@10,"... principals of free speech..." Pardon me, but I'm a bit confused? Who exactly is the principal of free speech around here. Hopefully they are possessed of principles?
Posted by sgt_doom on January 19, 2014 at 12:26 PM · Report this
Speaking of the running dogs and lackeys of Wall Street, neocon conservative Gary Becker, another pseudo-econ from the University of Chicago, originally financed (and probably still is, by the Rockefeller family) who is mistakenly referred to as a "Nobel prize winning economist" spews forth on the necessity of organ harvesting (I don't mind them harvesting his organs, and to repeat for the nth time, no member of the Nobel family ever endowed such a prize, nor does any member recognize such a prize, it is the Swedish Central Bank's Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Nobel --- completely unathorized except by the central banksters):………
Posted by sgt_doom on January 19, 2014 at 12:37 PM · Report this
And by "The Sunday Morning News" you mean another screed from the insufferable intern that bears no resemblance to "news."
Posted by bigyaz on January 19, 2014 at 12:43 PM · Report this

With all due respect and no levity-

Get help. Anzel Herz is a misguided kid with the naiveté and misplaced passions of a kid. You're a very disturbed grown man (I'm guessing, but gender matters less than your paranoid delusional worldview in this context) with only so much time. With psychiatric care you could enjoy what's left of your time. Or you could live in your frightened twilight world where THEY are out to get you.

If not for your own sake then for that of parents or siblings who care about you, get help.
Posted by Seattleblues on January 19, 2014 at 12:48 PM · Report this
Dr_Awesome 25
@24 Ah hah hah ha! You, of all people, saying that others should get psychiatric help! Do tell us when you're taking your comedy on tour, I so want to see you do your frightened homophobe act live.
Posted by Dr_Awesome on January 19, 2014 at 1:14 PM · Report this
Dr. Z 26
Now here's a real masterpiece of journalistic bias. It belongs on the editorial page.…

Posted by Dr. Z on January 19, 2014 at 1:36 PM · Report this
Some Old Nobodaddy Logged In 28
The reason why Sawant is labeled is evident in this thread. The job of journalists is to get people upset. Upset, bothered people buy their news. People aren't interested in buying stories of hope, of happiness. Nothing bothers Americans like the phrase "socialist."

There's plenty of different stories in the post, but what has brought out the wingnuts & their detractors? "Socialism!" It's like a magic button or pull-string. Say the magic word and you've upset the delicate American sensibility. Squawk! Squawk!
Posted by Some Old Nobodaddy Logged In on January 19, 2014 at 1:53 PM · Report this
Fnarf 29
If Sawant is going to "accomplish" as much as Chavez in Venezuela, we're all fucked. I'd recommend hoarding toilet paper, except that I don't think that's going to happen.
Posted by Fnarf on January 19, 2014 at 1:57 PM · Report this
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venomlash 31
@25: In fairness, he was recommending psychiatric help to SGT_ FUCKING DOOM. He's the SLOG whipping boy of insufficient psychotherapy.
Posted by venomlash on January 20, 2014 at 1:48 PM · Report this

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