Lifting the lid on latte-land: KOMO report is Seattle’s epitaph

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A devastating hour-long, commercial-free expose of how the self-styled gem of the Pacific Northwest is dying has skyrocketed Seattle’s ABC affiliate, KOMO, into the national spotlight.

Scene from Seattle is Dying, a KOMO special report. (Screen snip, YouTube, KOMO)

The report, by veteran KOMO journalist Eric Johnson, amounts to an indictment of the city’s liberal policies and single-party control for decades. The program came on the heels of a verbal slap in the face to King County, which encompasses Seattle and is the Evergreen State’s most populous, and according to The Atlantic, one of the most politically prejudiced counties in the nation.

Seattle has prided itself on being “progressive,” but to hear critics tell it, if this is “progress,” the state needs to revert back to a territory. This “progress,” as detailed in Johnson’s “Seattle is Dying” which will air again this Saturday at 10 p.m. on KOMO and again on Sunday, March 31 at 3 p.m., has included attracting homeless, drug-addicted people from across the map. The program may also be viewed here and below.

This “progress” has seen the city nicknamed “Free-attle” because of the widespread knowledge that disgusting behavior is tolerated. That includes urinating and defecating on city sidewalks, setting up illegal tent camps in city parks, aggressive panhandling, and what amounts to a turnstile court system that has allowed dangerous people to remain on the streets. It includes using drugs in plain view and advocating for “safe injection sites.”

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Underscoring this situation was a report in the Seattle P-I.com about a 34-year-old man who was recently arrested for trying to push a woman off of an I-5 overpass into the traffic lanes 40 feet below. The suspect, identified as Jonathan Wilson, was charged with attempted first-degree assault. However, conservative radio hosts in the city have suggested that this was an act of attempted murder, since nobody could likely survive such a fall, especially into moving traffic.

In a report about his story, Johnson wrote, “Seattle Is Dying. It’s a harsh title. Someone on social media even called it a ‘hopeless’ title. I’ll admit to you that I wrestled with the name for some time. Too dramatic, I wondered? Too dark? In the end I went with it because I believe it to be true. I believe that Seattle is dying. Rotting from within.”

Driving across Washington State, one gets the sense from talking to people living in eastern Washington, far across the Cascade Mountains from Seattle’s central-Puget Sound location, that they literally despise the city and everything it represents. The Seattle/King County vote dominates the state vote, although in a majority of counties, political views run more red than blue.

Over the past two decades, the tech industry has attracted newcomers from across the map to the Seattle area. They are one-party voters who keep electing local politicians who seem to perpetuate, rather than fix, the problems. Seattle voters elected an admitted socialist to the city council, but during an effort to justify the council’s adoption of a “business head tax” to pay for programs for the homeless, a legion of hardhat construction workers gathered to shout her down. The council ultimately repealed the head tax.

The story is getting national attention, not the good kind. Reader reaction to the story can be found at KOMO’s Facebook page and elsewhere on social media.

It is possibly no coincidence that Seattle is the epicenter of a gun prohibition movement in the Pacific Northwest that has been laboring with big money citizen initiatives and other lobbying efforts to disarm the law-abiding citizens.

If the story’s title is right and Seattle truly is dying, people living in other parts of the state, and especially those whose families have been in Washington for generations, appear to be uniformly hoping it would hurry up and put itself out of their misery.

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