Mariana Parks and John Hamer

‘P-I’ intelligence

In a year-end column, Watchdogs gave the Seattle Post-Intelligencer an award for "Most Unexpected Improvement on an Editorial Page in a Single Year."A few days… Continue reading


A New Dog in Town

The February issue of Washington Law & Politics, the snappy new magazine that made its debut here last fall, offers a special section on the… Continue reading


Best of the media

Thanks to all who returned Watchdogs' "Best of Seattle Media" ballot (6/18). We received 108 responses—54 by mail or fax and 54 online. This is… Continue reading


Biased Barkers

As Initiative 200, the Washington State Civil Rights Initiative, moves toward the fall ballot, citizens should watch closely how the media portray the measure. Do… Continue reading

Crust and bias

What's wrong with American newspapers today? They're shallow, sensational, vulgar, celebrity-chasing, conflict-obsessed, parochial, predictable, and boring. "The worst are becoming brainless printed junk food," Pete… Continue reading

Glass doghouse

IN AN ASTONISHING DISPLAY of "do-as-we-say-not-as-we-do" journalism, Kay McFadden, The Seattle Times' new television critic, blasted television coverage of a 15-year-old's shooting spree in Springfield,… Continue reading

Good ‘Times’!

In our "Best of the media" survey (7/30), The Seattle Times was top dog among local newspapers, winning votes from Seattle Weekly readers for best… Continue reading

Island hopping

THE TINY MERCER ISLAND REPORTER (circulation 5,000) last week took on the mighty New York Times (Sunday circulation 1,650,000). Result? The Rock's David nailed Gotham's… Continue reading

Journalism Sucks 2

One year ago, in our cover story "Why Journalism Sucks: Ten Reasons Why People Hate the Media" (Eastsideweek, 6/25/97), Watchdogs identified prevailing assumptions—or "media mantras"—that… Continue reading

Prize breeds

Spring is the season for... journalism prizes! Watch your local newspapers for a veritable orgy of award announcements. Journalists give themselves more prizes than do… Continue reading

Sleeping Dogs

Last week, James Billington, Librarian of Congress, gave the Henry M. Jackson Memorial Lecture at the University of Washington.Billington's talk, "The Nature of the Russian… Continue reading


An open letter to John CarlsonDear JohnAs old friends and longtime colleagues, we're really sorry that KVI radio didn't renew your contract. Your afternoon talk… Continue reading

Weird science

"Habitat plans must stand on solid scientific work," concludes a Seattle P-I editorial (6/13) of a "disturbing new report by 119 independent scientists working under… Continue reading