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October 27, 2006

Connelly on the Times Editorial Policy

A few days ago Joel Connelly wrote a post on the PI political blog.  Yeah, I know most of us don't even know the PI has a political blog and it is very hard to find online.  Anyway, once I manage to find their blog, I read a few day's worth since I never know when I'm going to stumble over it again. 

So I find this piece by Connelly from earlier this week discussing the Seattle Times editorial page policies over the years.  Apparently since 1988, and an endorsement of Michael Dukakis over George Bush Sr., there was an 18 year "Glasnost" which he attributes to several factors:

The publisher was going through a midlife makeover. A woman, Mindy Cameron, had taken over as editorial page editor. The paper showed signs of a genuine concern for lingering racial inequities in the United States.

Prior to that time, the Blethen family ran the Times' editorial policy in what Connelly calls "Seattle's Duller Daily", very conservatively.   And now, now there are four Blethens on the editorial board, making the estate tax the paramount issue.  The results?

An endorsement in the Dave Reichert-Darcy Burner race consisted of an old-fashioned women-aren't-qualified attack on Burner. Signs of moderation were discovered in a down-the-line backer of the House Republican leadership, Rep. Cathy McMorris, recently identified by Human Events as one of the nation's top 10 rising conservatives.

And, Sunday, came Fannie's why-we-agree-with-Maria-but-back-Mike editorial in the U.S. Senate race.

If, as some have said, the PI is on its last legs, heaven help us. 

Posted by Lynn Allen on October 27, 2006 at 11:19 PM in Candidate Races, Media, Washington Culture | Permalink


Thanks for pointing this out. Joel told me he had just started blogging at Drinking liberally, but I didn't find it. It is in my blogroll now.

Posted by: Darryl | Oct 27, 2006 11:55:08 PM

Let's not get the impression from this that Mindy Cameron was any improvment as an editorial page editor. She was far more of a corporate toady than Vesely. Unlike Joel Connelly, I had to work with this person.

Posted by: ivan | Oct 28, 2006 9:22:14 AM

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