In August, Jon Stewart inexplicably forgot about Washington (and the legality of its weed). More recently, erstwhile replacement John Oliver committed similar oversight during his segment on the controversial “Race Together” campaign from Starbucks:
It’s nice to have your team land in the Superbowl. For two wonderful weeks, your city attracts media attention from every corner of the internet. Especially in Seattle, we don’t get a lot of it — which is why it’s important the national media get the facts right: They might not check in again for a while,
Many failed. Unfairly or not, I’m going to single out one egregious example, just to make Richard Sherman proud of me. In my own preemptive defense, this article has been up for five days now, and FOX still hasn’t managed to correct even the most basic egregious errors I noticed in my initial read-through. A few examples.
1. The headline: “Seattle hoping Seahawks bring home elusive championship.”
I had no idea that Bigfoot lives in Oklahoma — he doesn’t show up anywhere in this predicted range — until I read about one Sasquatch-hunting expedition in that state gone horribly wrong:
Rogers County Sheriff’s Department arrested three people in what appears to be an accidental shooting. One of the men told deputies he’d shot his friend while the two were on a Sasquatch hunting expedition.
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The two men were hunting – apparently for Bigfoot – around 177th East Avenue and Tiger Switch Road Saturday night. Omar Pineda reportedly heard a “barking noise,” jerked and shot his friend in the back, authorities say.
My sympathy is minimal. Seems to me the people of Oklahoma feel unjustifiably entitled to set out and haul in a Sasquatch whenever they damn well please.
Turns out, Okies, you’ve gone after this guy one time too many:
Two years ago, at the conclusion of the NBA lockout and the commencement of the 2011-12 season, I wrote a post titled The NBA season just started and already things are starting to get awkward. Feel free to check it out — the whole thing is 58 words-and-a-picture long — but the main thrust was that the NBA was insensitive for choosing to sponsor a Tweet of any sort in the Seattle area.
Nearly two years later, and under similar circumstances, you might have thought the marketers of the world learned their lesson — but apparently, they don’t all read my blog. Which is how we ended up with this:
This evening, Macklemore performed at fake Spring Fling in New Haven. I did not attend, but the specter of the Thrift Shop rapper performing before hundreds/thousands/[insert official police estimate here] of adoring fans inexplicably called to mind an article that showed up in Slate back in February, “Macklemore NBA ad with Wings: Is the rapper a sellout?” Slate has since changed the article to “Macklemore’s Strangely Self-Censored NBA Promo”, but the original title is still visible in the url, or through the Google if you don’t believe me.
In case you didn’t come across the article when it first came out, Jordan Teicher used it to compare the original lyrics of Macklemore’s Wings with the truncated version that appeared in the NBA’s All-Star Weekend Preview:
Last week’s news that the Kings may be coming to the Queen City — swear to god, I did not make that name up — produced some decidedly mixed feelings. I was excited the Sonics might be on their way back to Seattle, but unhappy about how the whole thing went down:
Having lived through the Sonics’ departure, I know it can be brutal, and I wouldn’t wish that on anyone* and certainly not on the poor people of Sacramento (even if most of them are probably 49ers fans).
*OK, that’s not entirely true — I do wish that experience on OKC, but even then just because I’d prefer to have the real Sonics back.
The news also prompted an outpouring of media speculation, including an article in the Seattle Times that pointed out that the city it calls home is not exactly enamored with the NBA these days, With worse fan support than Spokane, can Seattle get its NBA mojo back? That article is brutal, especially since it’s so hard for anything to be worse than it is in Spokane: