Now I know what the “P” in “P-I” stands for

It looks like a lot of folks hit the bottle after Monday’s surprise announcement that the Seattle Times and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer had settled their years-long dispute over their Joint Operating Agreement, assuring that Seattle remains a two-newspaper town for at least another decade.

No doubt Times publisher Frank Blethen and his out-maneuvered lawyers were crying in their beer after agreeing to pay a net $24 million to keep the competition in business, while David Brewster, founder of Crosscut (an online “newspaper” with little news and no paper) — who had pitched investors that his new venture would mine the huge hole left in the local media landscape by the P-I’s imminent collapse — sullenly (if not soberly) opined that “Hearst is the one that blinked.” Yeah. Right. Glug-glug-glug-glug.

P-I employees had no doubt who won this battle of the old media dinosaurs, immediately breaking into a daylong, celebratory bacchanal that culminated that night with a rented limo full of drunken reporters pulling up to Fairview Fanny… and unceremoniously emptying their bladders on the Times’ front lawn.

No, it doesn’t take much imagination to picture grizzled newspaper-war veterans sottedly writing their names in the grass, but the image of a certain female reporter squatting on Frank Blethen’s lawn — marking his territory as hers — that is sure to become an oft repeated tale of local journalism lore.


  1. 4

    SeattleJew spews:

    And so it goes …..

    It would be great fun to know the inside scoop on all this? The folks that run the Seattle Tombs and the Postintelligent are probably less dumb than some think. Hearst and Knight-Ridder are publicly traded and, even if they were not public, their goal is to make $$. A buck is a buck, even with the Pound at $2!

    So, they must, one assumes have sort of plan?

    Is there brandname value here that is unmined? Is there a market for Postintelligent Java or a national interest in a Seattle Times webpaper to rival the NY Times? (Imagine the Hype …. The New Seattle Times, all the news you are likely to want. The NST would, of course also sponsor Goldy’s NATIONAL talk show which would be simulcast each morning by MSNBC. Ho-Ho-Ho!

    Or maybe the pulishers are thinking of going weekly? I never could understand howsit that the Weekly makes $$$. Perhaps, now that we are down to one real weekly that has a self limited audience of those not offended by anal banality, the Times will launch The Seattle Street Times, a weekly magazine supported by pornographic classifieds, insights into local personalities, and superficial reporting on local politics! (In the interest of full disclosure, SJ has offered to write a column called Watching the Gates. WTG would be about the adventures of the Gates kinder as they mature into Heirs and paparazzi bate.)

    Of course OBL (our beloved leader, Goldy) has a significant iron in this fire too. Maybe Hearst and Bonneville will join together and sponsor the Seattle Nameless? Hmmm .. imagine “The Intelligent Times” … an international virtual paper, all the news as it happens, when it happens. You report, we edit!

    Where is Roger Rabbit when we need him?

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    Richard Pope spews:

    SeattleJ @ 4

    Did the King County Republicans really tell you that it would be impossible to attend the John Wilkes Booth Day dinner under any circumstances? Or was attendance merely conditioned on not having your camera — a requirement for which it is quite possible (and even likely) that you were singled out for? And did they give you the $100.00 back?

    On the positive side of the ledger, the King County GOP did timely and accurately report your $100.00 to the PDC …

  3. 6

    headless lucy spews:

    I think it ruined Penthouse when Bob Guccione started printing pictures of women peeing. What a sick pervo!

  4. 7

    ArtFart spews:

    Look for the next edition of the Weekly to run a much-ballyhooed double-page spread of clandestine pictures from the limousine driver’s cell phone.

  5. 9

    SeattleJew spews:


    Take a lok at my blog for a full account.

    They claimed that I was not being singled out but that I could only come sans Nikon. The reason was, I was told, that the White House would not permit cameras. I was also told that they would announce this at the beginning of the Rove affair and that the rule WOULD be enforced.

    The latter was not true. A KIRO reporter who attended was impressed with the folks’ use of digital tech to record this event. I guess it was just me. I spell this STUPID!

    I am a photographer and my main interest in being there was not to hear Rove’s speech but to see and record how the Publicans reacted. Admittedly my prejudice was negative but anyone looking at my Blog can see I am a pretty evenly spread fence sitter when ti comes to criticizing nuttiness of the r or the l.

    They have claimed they will rebate my $$$ and I will inform my credit card company that this was a contested charge. It would be interesting to know how many lawyer $$$ it would cost the GOP to deal with such an issue.

    It is utterly beyond my comprehension why they wanted him here. Even if he were not Darth Vader, good common political sense SHOULD tell them this guy is poison for their 08 campaigns.

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    enjoy…….this is what google has posted if you type in seattlejew……..

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    Someone searching for information on Jewish people would be more likely to enter terms like “Judaism,” “Jewish people,” or “Jews” than the single word “Jew.” In fact, prior to this incident, the word “Jew” only appeared about once in every 10 million search queries. Now it’s likely that the great majority of searches on Google for “Jew” are by people who have heard about this issue and want to see the results for themselves.

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    SeattleJew spews:

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  8. 12

    Chester the Molester spews:

    Headless Lucy at post # 6:

    I think it ruined Penthouse when Bob Guccione started printing pictures of women peeing. What a sick pervo!

    Maybe, but it sure does create an erotic visual image for me and the boys!

  9. 14

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Goldy, you sound an awful lot like a guy who’s always harbored a secret yearning to be a reporter.

  10. 15

    Brenda Helverson spews:

    Seattlejew said “Hearst and Knight-Ridder are publicly traded . . . .”

    Hearst is private and owned by the Hearst family. Knight-Ridder is no more, having been bought by McClatchy. Do you ever think about checking your facts before you write?

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    ArtFart spews:

    I’m also not certain whether the Hearsts make more money from the newspapers than they do from the 5,000-head cattle operation on the part of the San Simeon ranch that they still own.

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    You are correct. I mis rememembered. Thank heavens it was not about anything that matters. Rge McClatchy folks .. and hearst … I assume are this for money, doncha think?

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    Puddybud Now has a Doppelganger spews:

    headless lucy says: I think it ruined Penthouse when Bob Guccione started printing pictures of women peeing. What a sick pervo! 04/18/2007 at 3:15 pm

    I need not write more. This comment says it all about Headlice! How would he know unless…

  14. 19

    G Jiggy spews:

    Since I use the P.I. is only fit (barely) to line my bird’s cage (thankfully he can’t read) and to corral spillage from the cat box, it all sorta fits.

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    GBS knows that conservatives politicians and their supporters are TROOP HATERS!! spews:

    Puddybud @ 18:

    I think what it really says about Headless Lucy is that HL doesn’t have the repressed, pent up, view of sexual matters that 99.99% of conservatives have.

    It’s those perverts who pretend to be righteous but pursue young boys in secret like Mark Foley.