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Seattle Newspapers 
18th-Apr-2006 11:08 pm
Here in Seattle, we have the Post-Intelligencer (aka "the P-I") and the Times. They have some sort of bizzare incestuous financial relationship, somehow centering around the fact that they use the same printing facilities, and there's some sort of lawsuit pending over whether the Times can claim losses from printing the P-I on the Times' presses, or something. I don't entirely understand it. They also have a lot of similar content, and there are lots of "Seattle already only has one paper" jokes.

At any rate, the P-I is not doing so well, and something bad will probably happen to it soon. This makes me sad, because I see a big difference between the two, and much prefer the P-I. To illustrate this, here's today's above-the-fold headline in the Times:

Sims wants to boost sales tax to add buses

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and the same above-the-fold headline in the P-I:

Sims wants to boost bus service with tax

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Can you guess which one is the shock-centric right-leaning paper, and which one isn't?
19th-Apr-2006 01:51 pm (UTC)
damn, i can't guess


both have "bus" and "tax"
20th-Apr-2006 06:38 am (UTC)
True, but the Times is presenting the issue as if he wants to boost the sales tax as his primary motivation, and the whole "add[ing] buses" is just a side effect. The P-I is presenting is as if boosting bus service is his primary motivation, and adding a tax is a side effect. Now, I don't know Ron Sims personally, but I'm betting the second depiction is more accurate.

Of course, this could be me being my left-brain word-fetishist self. But I doubt it.
20th-Apr-2006 01:27 pm (UTC)
no, i see the diff now

i guess, my brain just said: either way, taxes will be raised and buses will be got

but, yeah - i get how the diff would sway folks in favor of one and not the other

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