The so-called journalists at the Seattle Times, led by far left activists like vp Kati Erwert, sent a cease-and-desist demand to the campaign of GOP Senate candidate Tiffany Smiley, using a frivolous and tenuous trademark excuse.
The Times has endorsed her opponent, Sen. Patty Murray, who uses images of the paper’s headlines in her own ads. Now they are mad that her effective advertisement regarding the insane decay of the city, it’s lawlessness and rioting and anarchy, are being used against their precious Democrat.
Here’s the ad:
The paper issued this cease and desist:
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Here’s the summary of the sham excuse, from Erwert’s mouth to her own reporters.
“As it relates to political advertising, we try to be very cognizant of fair use,” Erwert said. “In this instance specifically, it is using it for an inferred endorsement of her campaign, which violates the policy and is the reason for the cease and desist.”
Absolutely laughable. The headlines said what they said. If Erwert feels like those headlines make a case against her preferred candidate then maybe she should take a hard look at her preferences.
Because the argument is, implicitly, that crime and lawlessness are the fault of Patty Murray and her party, and therefore headlines about those things are inherently anti-Murray. That’s the argument they are making. So they want to force the ad off the air because — it correctly makes their Democrat endorsee look bad.
Starbucks has even less of a leg to stand on. That sign on that burned out building — a public space and the scene of a major news incident — has been everywhere in media. It is not just a Starbucks trademark but a public symbol of an issue directly related to the campaign.
They do not have a legitimate claim. They just wanted to intimidate Smiley into shutting up.
Well it didn’t work. She filed a complaint with the FEC, which you can read in full here (PDF).
This is another new front in the press’s war on the left’s political enemies. The Democrats, the so-called press, Big Tech — all the forces of the far left — do not want a free country with opposing points of view. They want to get rid of conservative ideology and thought, conservative principles and policy, libertarianism, Christianity, free speech, freedom of thought, and ultimately, democracy and capitalism altogether.
But they are going to find out. They can’t stop us voting yet. And vote we will. They don’t even know it’s coming becuase they fall for their own fake polling.