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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

July 20, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Hutchison’s sealed records: Should she release them?

Hutchison slammed by biased Times

In the finest tradition of The National Enquirer, The Seattle Times has taken the muckraking hatchet to Susan Hutchison [“Hutchison to fight unsealing records,” NWThursday, July 16]. Not content with merely making inquires, The Times has used its Opinion page to slam her [“Open up, Hutchison,” Opinion, editorial, July 17]. The contents of her successful lawsuit against KIRO-TV were sealed by a judge. How dare he?

Hutchison has headed a $100 million foundation for the past six years yet is still referred to by The Times as a “former news anchor.” KIRO-TV, still smarting from their loss, says they have no problem unsealing the record. How kind of them. Anything that would help, right?

The Times might be better served to investigate the stalking tactics of Dow Constantine showing up at Hutchison rallies [“Rivals show up at Hutchison news conference,” NWThursday, July 2].

But then, that’s what I love about the media –they are so objective.

— Denny Andrews, Bellevue

The Times practicing yellow journalism against Hutchison

This is yellow journalism at its best! Expect nothing more and certainly nothing less from The Times. I believe you have hit a new low regarding the candidacy of Hutchison, with your attempts to find out the details of a sealed, settled private lawsuit between her and her former employer. If ever there was a more blatant attempt to discredit a candidate, I’d like to hear about it.

Shame on you, The Seattle Times, for seeking out what you know to be unproven allegations about a candidate on the eve of an election and then inevitably printing them as fact. Is it your job to create news or to report news? Have you delved into the backgrounds of all the other candidates to such detail, or is it just because this is a conservative?

Your lack of integrity is astounding, but then when you are the only daily newspaper in town, you must believe you can do and say anything. What type of journalistic standard do you hold yourself to?

— Dave Herrington, Edmonds

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