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January 14, 2015 at 5:07 PM

Seattle media owe Marysville-Pilchuck High School an apology

Flowers and tributes left on the fence along 108th Street N.E. outside Marysville-Pilchuck High School the day after the shooting. (Alan Berner / The Seattle Times)

Flowers and tributes left on the fence outside Marysville-Pilchuck High School the day after the shooting. (Alan Berner / The Seattle Times)

As I left work today, my Twitter feed caught fire with news of Marysville-Pilchuck High School being evacuated due to a bomb threat [“Marysville-Pilchuck High School evacuated after bomb threat,” Local News, Jan. 14]. Not even 90 days from the date that these kids experienced an unimaginable trauma, something like this may as well have rolled the clock right back to Oct. 24.  Once the local media joined the fray, tweets like “why won’t they just leave us alone” and “why don’t they understand” began. Having spent some time with these kids (as I have after nearly every incident like this across the country), this is hardly the first time this has come up.

That simple reality seemingly escaped the Seattle local TV affiliates who once again flooded the high school with cameras. At least one of them, whose executive producer trumpeted it on Twitter, made the inexcusable decision to


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January 7, 2015 at 3:55 PM

Democracy: The real problem is corporate control of media

I want to commend The Seattle Times for printing “The Hamster Wheel States of America” by guest columnist Rick Steves [Opinion, Jan. 3].  Although gridlock and corruption are eating away at our democracy, the real problem is corporate control of the media.   We receive all of our information through the media’s filter, meaning…


Comments | More in Media | Topics: democracy, Karl Rove, Kathryn McHenry

August 22, 2013 at 4:26 PM

Al-Jazeera America debuts

Praise from a viewer Not bad at all. [“Al-Jazeera America debuts as newest news network,”, Aug. 20.] More news, much less opinions and editorializing; it reminded me of the old days of network news. Unlike the rest of TV these days, there is no screaming and demonstrably less advertising and interruption. It’s a miracle — a new…


Comments | More in Media, Politics | Topics: al jazeera america, media, news

July 31, 2013 at 6:32 AM

Self-policing as a person of color

Columnist ignored real problem I agree with everything Professor Adamson wrote about self-policing by nonwhites. [“Guest column: The racial self-policing that African-American men already do,” Opinion, July 30.] However, his column was comparable to complaining about being uncomfortable because of being overweight, but ignoring the real problem by thinking of yourself as the thin man. Black and…


Comments | More in Politics | Topics: media, profiling, race

July 12, 2013 at 7:34 PM

Zimmerman trial garners national attention

Disparity in coverage, outrage with other crimes For the past year, the national media have obsessed over the Florida shooting of Trayvon Martin, a young black man, by George Zimmerman, a white/Hispanic man, during a confrontation stemming from Zimmerman’s role in a “neighborhood watch” program. The Times’ editorial board member Lynn Varner has recently described the ensuing…


Comments | Topics: george zimmerman, juan lorenzo-gonzalez, media

June 20, 2013 at 4:30 PM

Boeing considers moving parts of business to South Carolina

Media are too negative about the company Is it any wonder that Boeing could be planning to move more of its operations elsewhere? [“Editorial: The value of Boeing’s Puget Sound workers,” Opinion, June 18.] Every time a simple issue arises concerning a Boeing airplane, the local media begin bad-mouthing the company as if it has done…


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