Meta-news brief #1: poor Seattle P-I

The home page of the Seattle P-I today is a sad reminder of the decline of a once great newspaper.

The main headline today has a photo of a baby tiger, Cute alert! New baby at the zoo (photos).  The headlines immediately to the right are:


Few of these rise above the level of yellow or pink journalism.

A few months ago I phoned the editor of the Seattle P-I asking why they don’t give more prominence to editorials and citizen content. Their editorial page used to be a valuable counterweight to the Seattle Times’ fiscal conservatism.   The editor said that they wanted to rely on columnist Jim Connelly and cartoonist/writer David Horsey for opinion.

The decline of the P-I leaves a gap which websites such as this need to fill.



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