The Times may be stuffy (less so now), and its socially-liberal/fiscally-conservative editorial page grates against the progressive Seattle groupthink. But it hasn't been snapped up, gutted, or chained. Amazingly, it's still there, proudly independent. That's rare. But for how much longer?
The court's logic was simple: If the government is going to forbid or penalize false statements, it has to establish what's true. Do we want government deciding what political statements are true and false?
Most of us have learned to read the label when we buy food. We check the amount of calories, carbs or sugar before deciding what to eat. Why don’t we do the same with news?
Journalists tend to see themselves as creatives, closer in vocation to artists than to the Teamsters or United Mine Workers. They are anti-authoritarian and don’t consider most editors to be smarter or wiser or more talented. So why are Seattle journalists unionizing?