Seattle P.I. – The Chickens Come Home
Posted by Warren Peterson on March 17, 2009
Yes, there were numerous factors leading to the death of the Seattle Post Intelligencer. TV with its 24/7 news channels, Al Gore’s World Wide Web with free access to newspapers local and national, rising costs, competition from the “P.I in the mirror” Seattle Times all helped doom the paper even in a liberal market like Seattle. When all the reasons are finally cataloged, they should include the Letters to the Editor section in what turns out to be the final Sunday edition (March 15, 2009) of the P.I. It contains a couple of “Good riddance, the P.I. is too liberal for me” letters but it was the lead letter, captioned “Idiots deserve their fate,” that caught my eye.
So sad to see the P-I winding down. Every day there’s less and less to read. But it’s so hard to run a business these days, isn’t it? What with over taxation, overregulation, extortionist lawsuits, runaway liability expenses, hostile labor unions, it’s a miracle any business in King County survives. And the P-I, after all, is only a business.
But wait a minute.
Haven’t the editorial pages of your newspaper always been for more taxes, for more business regulation, for more reasons to sue a business, for stronger labor unions, for anything and everything that makes running a business the arduous and thankless chore it has become? Yes, I do believe that’s true.
So, maybe, just maybe, you idiots richly deserve the fate that awaits you. The chickens are coming home to roost.
The New York Times, the Los Angels Times and the Seattle Times should keep their eye on “them chickens, don’t ya’ think?”