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February 19, 2013 at 10:01 AM

Port Commissioner Holland: Newspaper coverage has ‘cheapened us, in my opinion’

Outgoing Port of Seattle Commissioner Rob Holland at a workshop on Thursday publicly complained about a story in The Seattle Times that preceded his resignation last week.

Once what was a trusted source for generations, the media, has in fact now become interpretations, assumptions and innuendos about individuals to sell what is considered news,” Holland said, speaking at a Port session in Auburn that is now online. Holland said people who would consider public service might be dissuaded “from reading what happened to me on Sunday…”

Holland did not dispute the facts of the story but criticized it as sensational. The story detailed personal and professional problems he has faced in his first three years of public office. Holland has struggled to hold a job and went into business with a convicted sex offender. He also had strained relationships with Port commissioners and staff.

“What has been sad to watch, from all outlets of media, is how sensationalized media has become. How real media and TMZ, US magazine, People Magazine, media have become one in the same. It has not educated us, it has cheapened us, in my opinion,” he said.

Holland said he is not bitter, and is leaving town at the end of March, though he didn’t say where or what he may do next. His resignation is effective March 15.

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