In "Shark Attack," a new story in The Stranger, ace reporter Erica Barnett did the due journalistic diligence, and spoke with almost everybody involved. They even got a picture of Steffany Bell the waitress in the center of this shitzkrieg.
(photo: stefan sharkansky- why is this man laughing? -seattle post intelligencer)
The Sharkanskys public image is still in tatters.
We're still in a little shock by this big little story so totally avoidable by the Sharkanskys. That Stefan, alleged to be a smart political operative pulled this power play in the first place is astounding enough- but, Stefan, Stefan, Stefan:
a) why are you such a dick?
b) why did you ever think this would pass under the radar of the media? You're a controversial, hardball, partisan activist- your very public Web face is perused closely. If you have a Google alert on yourself- do you think nobody else does?
c) out of the other 999 ways you could have handled this, why did you pick the one you did?
After Kos picked up the story, it went viral. Wonkette got it; Facebookies came by the thousands, MySpacers hooked up. Striking a chord deeper than the one favored by the partisan chatterers we usually pander to, restaurant servers, bussers, dishwashers, students- big people in little jobs were moved by this simple narrative of power vs powerlessness.
Stefan and Irene lost in the court of public opinion- and we're afraid there are no more appeals left. A suggestion for the Sharkansky karma: this is the 21st century- you might try tipping 20%.