Paid Political Journalism
If you did, you might want to think about why you paid for a newspaper that runs political advertisements as if they were journalism. Today’s Seattle Times features a long column by Joni Balter (yes, the misandrist) about the wonderful virtues of Maria Cantwell.
Maria Cantwell has been a non-voice in the US Senate since King County election fraud gave her a hollow victory over once elected-for-real Senator Slade Gorton. One can only find Cantwell’s name, and mouse-ish “voice,” associated with orthodox retro-progressive stand-by issues. Is anyone for social security without reform, anti-father legislation, and idealistic environmentalism that is mostly show and no substance? Well, Cantwell is your woman.
But, reading Balter’s column, and not knowing any better, you’d think Cantwell is up there with our nation’s greatest all-time leaders. Her showy pseudo-fight to save the frozen tundra of the north slope of Alaska from the supposed ravages of oil drilling, which she “lead” about like a container (empty one at that) leads the cab of a 16-wheeler, failed. Yet, the virtue is in the quijotic fight, not in the victory, according to Balter.
Apparently, Cantwell has a saving grace – she is the “go-to” gal for all technology issues in the Senate. Association over substance is the argument here. The association, of course, is that she was a human resources manager at Real Networks during that company’s ride of the technology bubble. The substance, unfortunately, does not exist. She fell into the job primarily because Real Networks thought it would help their fund raising if they had a former member of the House of Representatives on their staff. In reality, she hardly knows a thing about organizational development and even less about technology.
The lemming majority of King County probably will vote for Cantwell. All it will take is a display by her of some manufactured anger about the oil drilling in Alaska and a few well-placed comments about how women are victims of the patriarchy, and combined with some manufactured votes in the King County election fraud machine, she will get a majority here.
But, it may not be the majority she is counting on. An important slice of people in King County are fed up with the idealism and silliness of Seattle Democrats and they will not vote for someone so vacuous this time around. Claiming the mantra of a “woman leader” won’t be enough for Cantwell, because Gregoire has shown us that women politicians are as corrupt as any. Meanwhile, the rest of the state will go Republican by an even greater majority than it has in recent elections, if only to right the wrong of Gregoire’s fraudulent election victory.
Cantwell can’t be blamed for trying though. Real Networks probably is keeping a seat warm for her, but their stock price will never have another ride like it did during the technology bubble, and a future there would have real work in the picture for Cantwell. With her personal lotto-won fortune all but gone, a do-nothing job in the US Senate is probably looking pretty good in comparison.
So, Cantwell is doing what you’d expect. But what is the Seattle “Silly” Time’s excuse? The Silly Times has refused to investigate election fraud in King County, only begrudgingly reporting about it after Sound Politic’s Stephan Sharkansky uncovers undeniable evidence. It ignores the court case currently underway in which Dean Logan has admitted to fraud. It heaps praise on the most anti-business state legislature in recent memory as it gets preoccupied with a superfluous “gay rights” bill while the economy and our schools are crumbling due to mediocrity made into a virtue. Now it runs free political advertisements for the very emblem of mediocrity?
This reminds me of the newspapers of Mexico during the 70 year rule of the PRI. All the while, Mexico of course had “freedom of the press.” But, amazingly, the newspapers only spoke of the government, the PRI, and their corrupt officials in glowing terms. How could this be? Well, the Mexican government (e.g., the PRI) nationalized paper supplies early in its rule. Any newspaper that published criticism of the government or the PRI would find that a paper shortage quickly ensued.
I’m still scratching my head as to what lever the Democratic Party has over The Seattle "Silly" Times.