I don’t mean to dismiss Susannah Frame’s series on KING-5 News exposing millions of dollars of alleged waste and mismanagement in the state ferry system, but really Susannah… get over yourself.
When she sat down with Gov. Chris Gregoire to talk about her findings, she was shocked — shocked I tell you — to discover that the governor was briefed, but had not actually watched the segments. So much so that Frame made the governor’s lack of loyal viewership the primary focus and lede of her subsequent report.
Gov. Gregoire’s people apparently complained that her comments were distorted, so KING-5 responded by posting all 15 minutes of the raw interview. I don’t know if “distorted” is the right word — you can watch the two videos and decide for yourself — but when you excerpt less than 40 seconds out of a 15 minute interview you can’t help but lose a little context. (For example, take a look at my own edit above, in which I hope I’m not distorting Frame’s comments.) In fact, Frame’s Gregoire segment devotes almost as much time to shots of a TV monitor playing excerpts from her prior ferry segments as it does to the governor, while a sizable chunk of the interview clips feature Frame herself.
But what really struck me from the raw footage was how many times Susannah Frame expressed surprise or disappointment that the governor hadn’t taken the time to watch Susannah Frame.
In retrospect, maybe Gregoire should have been better briefed, or maybe her handlers should have even sat her down to watch the segments. I dunno. But when KING-5 makes that the focus of the segment instead of the underlying investigative reporting, they just come off as self-serving.