Isn't It Weird That ... In an email titled "A New Year of Struggle," socialist city council member Kshama Sawant wrote that "we cannot trust the corporate owned media to honestly report the facts or tell the full story."
I don't like the corporate media much either. (See: the Seattle Times; the Wall Street Journal; the Hearst-owned PI.com.) But not once, but twice in the past week, Sawant has pointed to sympathetic reporting and headlines and hoisted a copy of the Seattle Times with as a prop to demonstrate a point about the plight of the working people in Seattle.
At last Wednesday's meeting of the energy committee, which she chairs, Sawant held up the front page of the Times to demonstrate her point that utility rates are too high (the story was about a rate hike at Seattle Public Utilities, which oversees sewer and water rates, but the energy committee is overseeing its own rate surcharge, a 1.5 percent increase for City Light customers.)And this morning, Sawant again wielded the Times, which featured a story about "the new face of food stamps." In a first, the story reported, working-age Americans make up a majority of those who rely in food stamps in this country—a fact, Sawant said, that "needs to be tied in to our discussion on income inequality and the need to raise the minimum wage."
The Seattle Times is owned by the Blethen family, headed by the conservative patriarch Frank Blethen. PubliCola is owned by Seattle Metropolitan magazine.
We have a call out to Sawant.