Confirmed victory
Petitioning The Seattle Times Editorial Board

Review their positions regarding the Port of Seattle and Sodo Arena

As the regions primary newspaper The Seattle Times is the main source of news and information for hundreds of thousands of local residents. Without a reasonable level of investigative research and impartial fact checking readers cannot be assured of having sufficient information to make decisions about important regional issues.

The Seattle Times' public call for "this story to go away" less than 3 days after bipartisan allegations of ethical conflicts by a public employee who leads an agency which receives more than $70 million per year in public subsidy calls into question their unbiased and honest coverage of the Port of Seattle Operations and is cause for readers to demand a review of their coverage of this issue.

 

Letter to
The Seattle Times Editorial Board
I just signed the following petition addressed to: The Seattle Times Editorial Board.

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Review their positions regarding the Port of Seattle and Sodo Arena

As the region’s primary newspaper, The Seattle Times is the main source of news and information for hundreds of thousands of local residents. Without a reasonable level of investigative research and impartial fact checking, readers cannot be assured of having sufficient information to make decisions about important regional issues.

The Seattle Times' public call for "this story to go away" less than 3 days after bipartisan allegations of ethical conflicts by a public employee, who leads an agency that receives more than $70 million per year in public subsidy, calls into question their unbiased and honest coverage of the Port of Seattle Operations, and it is cause for readers to demand a review of their coverage of this issue.

As a reader of The Seattle Times who relies upon the newspaper to inform and educate the general public, I request that their Editorial board reconsider your opposition to the Sodo Arena. This position was established more than two months before the conclusion of intense city council review and potential revision. Only upon completion of a council negotiated final agreement can the editorial board consider any mitigation or revisions provided by City Council. As part of this review, they should demonstrate to the public that they have applied appropriate scrutiny to opposition claims of traffic impact and economic harm.

As a reader of The Seattle Times who relies upon the newspaper to inform and educate the general public, I request that you recognize the substantive concerns of a bipartisan ethics complaint against the Port of Seattle by completing reasonable due diligence and investigative research to determine the severity of complaints before forming an opinion on this issue.

As a reader of The Seattle Times who relies upon the newspaper to inform and educate the general public, I request that The Seattle Times management and Editorial Board voluntarily disclose any potential conflicts of interest or existing relationships that may affect the newspaper’s ability to provide impartial coverage of the Port of Seattle or their coalition partners. This would include common vendors, common organizational membership between senior management, and an acknowledgement of which members of The Seattle Times or Port of Seattle Staff who share common employment history and longstanding personal relationships.