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GOP Hijacks Seattle Alt. Media, Vol. 2

November 12, 2004

Last week I hypothesized that closeted Republicans actually run Seattle's Left-of-Left, Angry Alternative Weekly, The Stranger. This week I'm sure of it. What else but a Rovian Cointelpro campaign could account for this isolationist bile?

You'd have to be sniffing amyl nitrate poppers around the clock to formulate claims such as these - which, I, your intrepid unofficial Stranger ombudsperson - was able to glean from the above-linked, post-11/2 socio-political secessionist manifesto titled, "The Urban Archipelago."

*Urban liberals have the power to decide that commuters will no longer be welcome as employees of in-city businesses. "People who commute to the city for their livelihood and then attack urban areas and people in the voting booth are the worst kind of hypocrites. Commuters, we neither want nor need you."

(The ripple effects of this pronunciamento are already being felt across the city of Seattle. The directors of Pemco, Starbucks, Boeing, Washington Mutual and the University of Washington are all at this moment in hastily-convened meetings debating mass lay-offs of suburbanites in their employ, so as not incur the wrath of The Stranger and its many readers who are in positions of great political, corporate and cultural influence).

*Urban liberals have been the driving force involved in "saving fragile suburban economies," but after 11/2, "we do not have to concern ourselves" with that.

Interestingly, in the same piece, the Stranger posits that urbanites "don't use suburban roads. We can let the suburbs figure out a way to pay for them."

(So....see...urbanites have been "saving fragile suburban economies" not by actually going there and shopping or working, but by a sort of, um, unexplained telekinesis).

Apparently, the power of thinking, as opposed to doing, figures quite prominently into the urban liberal weltanschaung described by The Stranger.

*For instance, I had not known what an important contribution urban liberals had been making - through "worrying" - to battling the invasion of the American heartland by Wal-Mart, which The Stranger describes as a "rapacious corporation." Once again Red America: you're on your own now. "Liberals in big cities spend a lot of time worrying about the impact Wal-Mart is having on the heartland. No more."

I'm sure the heartland is devastated to hear that. About as devastated as all the multi-hued shoppers filling the Wal-Mart just south of Seattle in Renton. It seems people with children and mortgages - as opposed to lime-green hair, piercings and I-Pods - unaccountably like a good bargain.

There's more in The Stranger's stated, and sweeping urban agenda to capture the White House and win legal gay marriage nationwide. Specifically, rallying the urban base with "safe injection sites" for heroin users; and "discouraging excessive auto use by taxing mileage."

Given all this, and additional material in the same issue, such as "F*** The South," by the noted author "Anonymous," it would be easy enough to presume The Stranger is merely playing to the hard-core urban liberal peanut gallery. Easy enough to presume that they do all this tongue in cheek, and are happy at the end of the day to be making money.

But that would be to ignore the long-term game plan of the GOP, which backs rags such as The Stranger through covert placement of Republican-linked business operatives on the corporate boards of the parent media companies which own such publications.

And that long-term plan is brutal in its simplicity: as readers grow older, and become, say, voting adults, they inevitably realize how far they've progressed from the infantile, knee-jerk, blindly obeisant liberal posturing represented by their local "alternative weekly," or weeklies; whether it's the one in Cleveland, Chicago, New York, Boston, L.A. SF, Eugene, Portland, or Seattle.

It starts when you vote for Kerry for president, but Republican Dino Rossi for Governor, who - final absentee and provisional ballots pending - appears likely to become this state's first GOP Guv elected since 1980, and is carrying the key Seattle collar counties of Snohomish and Pierce, as well as one suburban Portland hub, Clark County. Crucial places in any state-wide race, where neither Christine Gregoire's "I'm a D So Vote For Me," nor The Stranger's "F*** You" amounts to much of a platform, I'm afraid.

Where it ends is anybody's guess. But I for one will be wondering just how many urban "Democrats" are going to have that famed Red America delicacy - green bean cassserole made with Campbell's Cream of Mushroom soup and Durkee canned onion rings - on their Thanksgiving tables later this month.

Oops, gotta go. There's the UPS guy on my Seattle doorstoop. I think he's got those Buck Owens CDs I ordered.

Posted by Matt Rosenberg at November 12, 2004 11:45 AM

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Oh, yes! Please, Urban Liberals, prevent me from going to work at my in-city employer! I presume this would involve some sort of barricades across I-5, which would be a photo-op of epic proportions. "Mr. Schell, tear down this wall!" Man, that would be great.

Meanwhile, Urban Liberals, do you promise to leave Wal-Mart alone? I'd certainly appreciate that too.

One question, though--once you wall off I-5 and let a thousand Wal-Marts bloom, who's going to shop at all those stores and things you have downtown? And where is Pike Place going to get the farmers for its farmers' market? Inquiring minds want to know.

Thanks, Matt, for reading the Stranger so the rest of us don't have to.

Posted by: Timothy at November 12, 2004 12:21 PM

I second that thanks. Well done, Mr. Matt.

Posted by: Steve B. at November 12, 2004 12:54 PM

I've been making that green bean casserole every year now at Thanksgiving for more than 20 years. I'll make some extra this year and send it to the folks at The Stranger.

Posted by: J.A. at November 12, 2004 05:18 PM

1. For the last 40 years or so liberals have been howling about how the middle class deserted the cities and took all the needed money and that's why inner cities are such a mess. Now we find out they don't need us any more.
2. Also for the last 40 years the left has pursued a policy of centralizing decisions and power in the federal government because people can vote with their feet and leave places like New York when things get bad. Nice to know they no longer think centralization is necessary.
3. With cities becoming such ideal places, I'm having trouble planning my next vacation: can't decide between East St Louis or Newark.

Posted by: Bill at November 12, 2004 06:04 PM

I second Timothy's comment re: reading The Stranger. Thanks again for your insightful commentaries.

Posted by: Susan at November 12, 2004 08:51 PM

Thanks, guys. It's dirty work, but somebody's gotta do it.

Posted by: Matt R. at November 16, 2004 11:35 AM

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