I had occasion this weekend to stop by a site I usually ignore—Slog, the staff blog over at the Seattle Stranger—and let me say I was richly rewarded. The Stranger m.o. has long been to lavishly blow smoke up the ass of anyone it views as helpful to its success, and pour out scorn and contempt on any who might threaten it. (This is why, for example, writers at the Weekly are generally treated to a steady stream of personal insults by the Stranger—until the day they leave the Weekly, at which point they are generally embraced and/or hired.) The twist that makes it all exquisitely Stranger-like is that they always dress up this agenda in the language of principled moral outrage. (This may sound vaguely familiar to you from the work of Karl Rove.)
This weekend I arrived at Slog just in time for a classic of the genre, as Dan Savage celebrated the compelling prose of Saturday P-I editorial writer D. Parvaz, while comparing her unfavorably to the “full-of-shit, full-of-themselves gasbags” Robert Jamieson and Joel Connelly. Of course, this has nothing to do with the fact that Parvaz has been a reliable Stranger suck-up while Jamieson and Connelly have been so pissy and old as to raise questions about Dan and his band of hypocrites. No, no, no. This is an issue of prejudice and discrimination! The P-I——which recently installed former Stranger editor Emily White as head of arts coverage, and has a (seemingly) 14-year-old female bubblehead in charge its high-profile “Big Blog”——is simply opposed to having women, or anyone under 60, in a position of visible authority, Dan j’accuses. Hilarious.
(For a more spot-on assessment of Parvaz's work, consult Seely’s post of a few weeks ago.)
UPDATE! It's been brought to my attention that the current issue of the Seattle Stranger states that I do not read the paper's blog, Slog. I therefore must retract my statement above in which I suggested that the Stranger only writes complimentary things about Weekly staffers after they've left the paper. I am still working here (today at least) and so stand corrected.