take your answer off the air...

  • HorsesAss.Org: the straight poop on WA politics & the press
    progressive brilliance from the guy who pointed out Tim Eyman's nascent horse's-assedness
  • Talker's Magazine
    The quirky talk radio trade mag. Check the Talk Radio Research Project- it's not very scientific, but places on the top 15 talkers list (scroll down to Talk Radio Audiences By Size)) are as hotly contested as Emmys (and mean just about as much).
  • The Advocate
    No, not THAT Advocate... it's the Northwest Progressive Institute's Official Blog.
  • Media Matters
    Documentation of right-wing media in video, audio and text.
  • Orcinus
    home of David Neiwert, freelance investigative journalist and author who writes extensively about far-right hate groups
  • Hominid Views
    "People, politics, science, and whatnot" Darryl is a statistician who fights imperialism with empiricism, gives good links and wry commentary.
  • Jesus' General
    An 11 on the Manly Scale of Absolute Gender, a 12 on the Heavenly Scale of the 10 Commandments and a 6 on the earthly scale of the Immaculately Groomed.
  • Howie in Seattle
    Howie Martin is the Abe Linkin' of progressive Seattle.
  • Streaming Radio Guide
    Hellishly long (5795!) list of radio streaming, steaming on the Internets.
  • The Naked Loon
    News satire -- The Onion in the Seattle petunia patch.
  • Irrational Public Radio
    "informs, challenges, soothes and/or berates, and does so with a pleasing vocal cadence and unmatched enunciation. When you listen to IPR, integrity washes over you like lava, with the pleasing familiarity of a medium-roast coffee and a sensible muffin."
  • The Maddow Blog
    Here's the hyper-interactive La Raych of MSNBC. daily show-vids, freakishly geeky research, and classy graphics.
  • Northwest Broadcasters
    The AM, FM, TV and digital broadcasters of Northwest Washington, USA and Southwest British Columbia, Canada. From Kelso, WA to the northern tip of Vancouver Island, BC - call letters, formats, slogans, networks, technical data, and transmitter maps. Plus "recent" news.
  • News Corpse
    The Internet's chronicle of media decay.
  • The Moderate Voice
    The voice of reason in the age of Obama, and the politics of the far-middle.
  • News Hounds
    Dogged dogging of Fox News by a team who seems to watch every minute of the cable channel so you don't have to.
  • HistoryLink
    Fun to read and free encyclopedia of Washington State history. Founded by the late Walt Crowley, it's an indispensable tool and entertainment source for history wonks and surfers alike.

right-wing blogs we like

  • The Reagan Wing
    Hearin lies the real heart of Washington State Republicans. Doug Parris runs this red-meat social conservative group site which bars no holds when it comes to saying who they are and who they're not; what they believe and what they don't; who their friends are and where the rest of the Republicans can go. Well-written, and flaming.
  • Orbusmax
    inexhaustible Drudgery of NW conservative news
  • The Radio Equalizer
    prolific former Seattle KVI, KIRO talk host speaks authoritatively about radio.
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November 23, 2005


Unkl Witz

While doggedness may be Stephan's long suit, accuracy and effectiveness are not. He and his blog site have long ago slipped into irrelevance as he continues to harp on the daily minutia of ballot counting.


your journalistic licks couldn't wipe Stefan's ass. Goldstein and Sims stooped to last-minute smear tactics to defeat Dave Irons who was the only hope to clean up this corrupt county. you oughta be ashamed of yourself.


According to Truth Laid Bear's traffic ratings, Sound Politics currently gets 5000 visits/day, while Horsesass gets 1900 visits/day. Both are tiny -- the big blogs get a couple hundred thousand visits a day. But the notion that Horsesass has "a more stable readership" isn't supported unless "stable" is somehow another word for "smaller."

Lazy Murrow

Sound Politics used to be a cute little tyke, but tried to jump into maturity a bit too soon. They suckled up on losers like Rossi, I-912, and any other dry tit the Washington GOP threw their way, but continued to pretend like they were still the coolest kids around.

Oh well, it's fun to watch them chatter away at the children's table of local politics while the adults talk about real issues. Pat 'em on the head, it's where they belong. Aren't they adorable?

Luigi Giovanni

Savage and Feit also wear two hats and are as partisan as Sharkansky.



The difference is Savage and Feit are absolutely clear about their biases when they write in the Stranger. Sharkansky wasn't.

Dan Savage

This is total crap. Who are your sources? This "two hats" shit? It's the first I've heard of it. The nice-nice was the truth-truth. You're letting your hatred for Stefan cloud your judgment and your bias is the issue here, not Stefan's.

Christ, guys, sometimes a cigar is just a cigar, and sometimes an amicable parting of ways is just that. Believe me, if there were some big, dark, scary reason why we stopped running Sharkansky's column, I'd tell you about it.

We never regarded Stefan as a reporter. He's a participant, an activist, a blogger, and a columnist. We like printing stuff written by folks who have a stake in what they're writing about - Dominic Holden wrote up Hempfest for us last year.

Let it go, kids. We ran Stefan for a while, he had a nice run in print, and we parted on friendly terms. We plan on running pieces by Stefan in the future, so this "we fired him" stuff is just nonsense.


Too bad Michael and what's his face at HA don't have a quarter of the class and intelligence that Dan Savage has. He shows once again why even as a conservative, I have the utmost respect and admiration for him, his books, family and for a very successfully run business.


So, Dan, god forbid anybody who disagrees with your little clique of "reporters" stick around, right?

What's the Stranger an "alternative" to, anyway?

That doorknob licking incident spoke volumes about your true nature. Never seen a person more full of himself.


"We didn’t cut Stefan for any reason other than a feeling that it was time to shake up the news section a bit. Plus, the election cycle was over, and we saw Stefan’s column as a meta commentary on the 2004 election and how it played into the 2005 election locally. With that election over, it was time to turn the space back over to regular Stranger stuff - stuff like Police Beat, which was getting cut a lot to make room for Stefan’s column.

Bottom line, we enjoyed having Stefan in the paper, and feel he contributed good stuff to the Stranger over the last year. He’s got a strong POV. We dug having him, and we remain fans of his blog, despite the beatings he gives us on a regular basis.

Judy Miller fucked her paper, fucked her editors, and fucked her readers. Stefan didn’t fuck The Stranger, our readers, or the editors here. Please don’t read anything into the timing of this. We’ve also welcomed Stefan to contribute pieces to The Stranger in the future. "

Does dan even read his own posts?


i even agree with Stefan's POV sometimes, but he's such a BORING writer, i could rarely finish his column and never do more than scan his pathetic blog. The stranger published him simply because they like to be contrary and they knew it would stick it in the nose of the seattle MSM. He was so out of place with his republican talking points memos.

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