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October 10, 2013 at 4:43 PM
We fact-checked the first televised mayoral debate Wednesday night on KING5, and posted what we found in this live-chat. You can catch up here if you missed it.
We found that Mayor Mike McGinn and state Sen. Ed Murray fudged a few facts.
Murray tried to deflect the blame for an embezzlement scandal that happened while he was in charge of the state Democratic Campaign Committee. He said the thefts happened before he was in leadership. But reporter Jim Brunner posted the charging papers from that case, which show that the thefts continued and even grew on Murray’s watch.
McGinn repeated a familiar narrative: that he held up the settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice about the Seattle Police Department because he wanted to ensure the city got to appoint a citizens group. In the debate, McGinn made it sound like the Justice Department resisted the citizens group. But in an interview on KUOW two weeks ago, U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan says her office proposed the Citizens Police Commission McGinn has often taken credit for.
In response, McGinn points to a speech by the U.S. assistant attorney general last summer, where he gives credit for the idea to McGinn.
Check out a video of that speech, along with fact-checks on police department staffing and other points each candidate made.
December 4, 2012 at 7:43 AM
Robert Mak, whose half-hour Sunday political show on KING-TV was canceled after 11 years, confirmed Tuesday he opted to leave the station rather than accept its offer to stay on as chief political reporter.
“I appreciate the offer to stay, and after considering it seriously I simply decided it was time to start something new,” Mak said.
Mak said he hopes to stay in Seattle and in journalism. “I have a lot of ideas and interests that I would like to pursue, but I’m keeping an open mind,” he said.
The final “Up Front with Robert Mak” aired Sunday
When KING last month announced the cancellation of the Emmy-winning show, Executive News Director Mark Ginther attributed it to an advertising slowdown that forced cuts throughout the station.
Ginther said the news staff was being cut by seven positions, through a combination of layoffs and not filling vacant jobs.
Mak had been with KING since 1992 except for a two-year hiatus working for former Mayor Greg Nickels
On his weekly show, Mak regularly interviewed top elected leaders and other newsmakers, moderated candidate debates and dealt with some of the region’s thorniest political and social issues.
Mak said he’s thankful for the chance to work with “talented and wonderful people” at KING. “And I’m forever thankful to the viewers who shared a half-hour of their valuable time with us every Sunday.”
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