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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Daily Newspaper Reporters:

posted by on October 29 at 15:46 PM

So cute when they get to editorialize! Bob Young of the Seattle Times, take it away:

[Republican gubernatorial candidate Dino] Rossi [deposed this morning as part of a lawsuit alleging he illegally coordinated his campaign with the Building Industry Association of Washington] has to counterattack.

So he’s holding a press conference at 9:30 a.m. No slinking in and out of a lawyer’s office for him. […]

To Rossi and his supporters this is now a political ambush by Gregoire operatives and the loony left.

The legal case against the BIAW, they note, is brought by Knoll Lowney, who sued Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike McGavick late in his 2006 campaign. That suit stirred stories. But coverage was less visible seven months later when a federal judge dismissed the suit.

Lowney also represented the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), which contributes heavily to Evergreen Progress PAC, the union equivalent of the BIAW. Evergreen Progress PAC gave $35,000 to Fuse, Republicans point out. Fuse is a liberal group that helps Lowney with public relations; they’re his mouthpiece. The circle of liberal complicity is complete in the plot against Rossi.

Lowney says he’s not being paid in this case. He’s working on contingency. He has a class action suit against BIAW alleging the group breached its fiduciary trust with its members. That suit could pay big fees, he says. That’s why an Arizona firm is helping with his case. Not because they’re Gregoire fans, he says, but because they can see the potential payday.

Lowney does have a history of liberal activism. And he was on the winning side in at least one big case, getting the state Supreme Court to overturn Tim Eyman’s Initiative 747.

Lowney’s big “win,” by the way, was actually overturned at the instigation of Gov. Gregoire—the very same “liberal” politician Young is insinuating Lowney is supporting.

And not that we at the Stranger are against editorializing—hell, we endorse it. But it’s funny to watch reporters for the above-politics, uber-“objective” Seattle Times when they’re suddenly allowed to betray their real opinions—opinions every informed citizen has, but which reporters for the “objective” daily papers aren’t supposed to betray under any circumstances. Could allowing naughty words be next for Seattle’s family newspaper? Stay tuned.

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Shut the fuck up, Erica. God you're raging with jealousy. And you need to do some serious re-wording here. You don't make any goddamn sense.

Posted by god i hate you | October 29, 2008 4:01 PM

And THAT would be why I canceled my Seattle Times subscription yesterday, at long last. Between this, the Rossi "endorsement" and the Burner smears, the Times has lost any semblance of credibility. I'd rather make Sunday's New York Times all week long than support a dying home town newspaper that publishes biased bullshit like that.

Posted by Suze | October 29, 2008 4:03 PM

He formed a committee and Luke Esser was personally grooming him for the job. In March. Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.

Another good tidbit from these articles: Rossi went to rallies in support of Sarah Palin *TWICE*.

Posted by AJ | October 29, 2008 4:21 PM

I must have really misread that article, because I thought it was paraphrasing Rossi's views, not endorsing them.

Posted by Trevor | October 29, 2008 4:21 PM

In case you're lazy: "Rossi, whose mother was a half-Tlingit Alaskan, also campaigned for that state's new Republican Gov. Sarah Palin last year. He is addressing a GOP dinner in Ketchikan this month and has spoken at Republican functions in Juneau and Anchorage as well as Wisconsin and Oregon."

Posted by AJ | October 29, 2008 4:24 PM

I expect to see more on this in the UW Daily ...

By the way, the governor will be there Monday at 3.

Posted by Will in Seattle | October 29, 2008 4:44 PM

Perhaps you glossed over the phrases where he attributes the opinions:

"To Rossi and his supporters", "they note", "Republicans point out", etc.

You're too busy fomenting your outrage to stop for a few seconds and actually understand what's being said.

Posted by rjh | October 29, 2008 5:06 PM

Trevor @3 - then why provide a link to the article on Lowney's Creek's Initiative for the hypertext loony left?

ECB didn't include the whole Young piece in her post. Read it, I also agree that it's full of contempt for the decision of attnys Lowney and Withey to have Rossi deposed.

Posted by just another liberal activist | October 29, 2008 5:16 PM

ECB, you're poor and have to live with roommates.

Good thing you're pissing in your own pool because you'll never make a living in journalism anyway.

@2 Oh, and no one cares when you cancel a subscription to anything anymore (were you born in the '50s or something?), so sit your sorry ass down, stop puffing out your chest in self-righteous furor and go back to playing pocket-pool on the couch.

Posted by Some gay pitbull | October 29, 2008 7:18 PM

...and if Lowney's record is fodder for this story why not also mention the other attorney's (Mike Withey) record as a successful public interest attorney - which Mr. Young himself has written about as it relates to Withey's successful WTO lawsuit costing the city $1 million and winning each of 160 plaintiffs $3 - $10K?

This would have been an easy link to include in Mr. Young's piece but to do so would have undermined the picture he's painting of these guys as the loony left w/no other motivation but to help Gregoire by misusing the courts.

Posted by just another liberal | October 29, 2008 7:59 PM

Erica, you continue to impress us all with your consistency. Yes, you ALWAYS peg people wrong.
Ever talked to Bob Young? Did you bother even looking up his phone number on Didn't think so.
If you think there's even one Republican-biased reporter at the Times, you are a super-size idiot.

Posted by Jeepers | October 29, 2008 10:44 PM

Actually, Jeepers, that's why I tend to avoid the Seattle Times - it's become a Republican rag.

Posted by Will in Seattle | October 30, 2008 12:00 AM

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