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Robinson Newspapers Robinson Newspapers are now Westside Seattle. You can find us online at WestsideSeattle.com
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Robinson Newspapers are now the Westside Weekly in print but remain separate online as
www.westseattleherald.com
www.ballardnewstribune.com
www.highlinetimes.com

photo by Patrick Robinson,
01/18/2024

photo by Patrick Robinson,

12/03/2023

The journalistic standard.

Everybody lives with stories in their head.
Some you tell yourself, some you learn from others.
And those stories, become your beliefs.
Human beings in general prefer to be comfortable and that means avoiding challenging your own beliefs.
Over time it makes you retreat into the silo of your opinions and reject anything that does not comport with your worldview.

So that’s where we find ourselves.
It’s in part, why the truth no longer matters.
Everyone’s own view is just as valid, just as accurate, just as worthy as anyone else.

Except that’s complete bu****it.

When we let individuals seeking power tell us stories or influence our beliefs, without immediately questioning
them based on their motives, we not only fail intellectually. We fail this nation. When we let a comment made by someone with no known identity, or credentials influence our beliefs in any way we fail ourselves.

The way journalism is supposed to work is a pretty good model for what to trust.

Some aspects of information (such as news or even a simple statement of facts) are more important than others.
That means you gather information and get it confirmed by at least two known, credible sources. Then you present it in what is called an “inverted pyramid” with the headline and most important facts first. The rest follow in descending order of importance. Obviously that sequence can vary, but the goal is to make it as unbiased as you can.

Because we give equal weight to all information we now question entire news organizations, assigning motive and intent to every decision. Everything is in the scroll. It’s now largely up to the reader to decide what is important. Whose bias is at work then?

There have been attempts to rate news outlets as to their political leaning that are more or less accurate. But most people don’t cross the divide. It’s easier to retreat into the comfortable silo of what we already believe.

What you carry around as your foundational belief about yourself, others, your community, city, nation and world is formed by the information you feed your mind.

So here’s the question. If you apply that journalistic standard, two confirmed, credible sources, and you look at candidates, issues and logic…what are you willing to overlook?

How much chaos, confusion, misinformation, and outright lying are you willing to live with?

Now the last question. If you had a friend or partner who constantly complained, played the victim in every conversation, verbally attacked people, lied to you, misled you and had a string of lawsuits and charges against them, how much time would you want to spend with them?

At some point the stories you hear have weight but apply the journalistic standard and then decide. Don’t decide in advance and find information that only makes you feel good.

01/08/2023
January 4, sunrise in West SeattlePhoto by Patrick Robinson.
01/07/2023

January 4, sunrise in West Seattle
Photo by Patrick Robinson.

Dan Austin is one of West Seattle's most remarkable people. That's why we chose him for Inside West Seattle. He's a fath...
10/07/2022

Dan Austin is one of West Seattle's most remarkable people. That's why we chose him for Inside West Seattle. He's a father, husband, businessman, activist, musician and more.

Here's our conversation.
ps.. please subscribe so we can let you know when a new episode is available.
https://youtu.be/GS5HKTtPqzY

Lowman beach park grand reopening
09/26/2022

Lowman beach park grand reopening

https://www.westsideseattle.com/robinson-papers/2022/08/03/night-out-brings-neighbors-together-again-photos-readers-show...
08/03/2022

https://www.westsideseattle.com/robinson-papers/2022/08/03/night-out-brings-neighbors-together-again-photos-readers-show-fun

Night Out brings neighbors together again; Photos from readers show the fun

The neighbors near 41st and Austin prove they understand what getting together is all about. Photo by Sarah Adler Wed, 08/03/2022 The National Night Out on Aug. 2 proved that you can't keep a good tradition down as neighbors across the nation and in West Seattle, and across the city gathered in the....

HydrangeaPhoto by Patrick Robinson
07/25/2021

Hydrangea
Photo by Patrick Robinson

Some local history This is a photo from 1958 of Al Sneed and Jerry Robinson...in front of the first web offset press (a ...
05/26/2021

Some local history

This is a photo from 1958 of Al Sneed and Jerry Robinson...in front of the first web offset press (a Goss Community) west of the Mississippi that was installed on 13th SW in a business called Rotary Offset Press. Together, they published The Federal Way News (first in 1955 then later on this press). Al owned the Highline Times in Burien and Jerry owned the White Center News. They printed the high school newspaper (The Timberlines) for Evergreen and several others in addition to many other publications. Jerry later bought out Al and owned the Highline Times as well, and purchased the West Seattle Herald in 1974.
Jerry's office was at 9811 17th SW for many years.

04/20/2021
We have been  publishing in print continuously for 98 years.
02/21/2021

We have been publishing in print continuously for 98 years.

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