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The debate ramped up after a man wearing a swastika armband got punched in the face downtown on Sunday. That punch ended what the man later said was his “little escapade” to make a point.
KUOW interviewed that man for four minutes on Wednesday, anonymously, and got a LOT of angry and disappointed comments from listeners. If you want to hear it, go to 45:40 here. If you don’t, we get it.
All this has raised a lot of questions: Is wearing a symbol considered a violent act? Here’s one thoughtful perspective on that. Do media have to tell both sides of a story or should they keep certain views off the air, no matter how newsworthy? “We believe deeply in the principle that it is better to talk to someone rather than about them,” KUOW’s managing producer wrote in a retrospective.
After its interview, the station invited UW history professor Laurie Marhoefer to help critique its decision. She said one thing in particular that really stuck with us:
“We are wrong to think if we give them a chance to say what they believe, they will sound like radical fascists and it will turn people off. They won’t.”
What questions should we be asking about this that others aren’t? Hit reply and let us know.
NOW HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS GOING ON IN YOUR CITY 🏉
Seattle, you have a rugby team. Say hello to the Seattle Seawolves. It’s a brand new part of Major League Rugby, and kicks off its first-ever season next year. (MyNorthwest)
This is not a typo. Go see this play about teh Internet. “Ever get sucked down a Facebook/Twitter/porn/shopping/kitten/nostalgia/whatever hole and come to your senses a couple of hours later feeling exhausted and strangely refreshed?” asks Times reviewer Brendan Kiley. “Yeah, ‘Teh Internet’ is that good.” (The Seattle Times)
Two things we agree on. A new study shows newbies are way more pro-growth, longtimers are less excited about the direction the city’s headed, and newbies — hello, Seattle Freeze — are way less likely to feel welcome here. But both groups dig our region’s natural beauty and the Seahawks. So that’s a start. (The Seattle Times)
Our next No. 9. When our new mayor, Tim Burgess, stepped up to lead the city, he left an empty seat on the Seattle City Council. Some officials want to fill it quick. But with big budget talks coming up, a group called Transparent Seattle wants plenty of time for people to learn about the possible appointees and meet them in a public forum. (South Seattle Emerald)
Gentrifier, meet gentrified. The photo at the top of this KUOW story is almost as heartbreaking as the story itself. Two men are standing in a Central Area apartment. Justin grew up there, and Dan bought it after it became too expensive for Justin to rent. Their conversation reveals a lot about this moment our city’s in. This is a good one to read, all. (KUOW)
HERE'S WHAT'S COMING UP 📅
🍺 9/22-24: Fremont Oktoberfest 2017
🍻 9/22-24: Kirkland Oktoberfest
🇬🇷 9/22-24: Saint Demetrios Greek Festival
📽 9/22-30: Local Sightings Film Festival
🇮🇹 9/23-24: Festa Italiana
🌊 9/23-24: Sea Otter Awareness Weekend
💄 9/23: Banned Books in Drag
🎃 9/23: Great Pumpkin Weigh-Off
Learn more about these events in our weekly roundup.
ENJOY THAT WEEKEND 👍
We’ll see you Monday. — The Evergrey