Seattle residents to Times reporter: ‘Who are you calling wimps?’
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Times Northwest correspondent Kim Murphy’s recent story about the snowstorm in western Washington state -- in particular its headline, ‘Snow wimps: Seattle is shut down by first real snow of the season’ -- didn’t sit well with a number of Seattle residents, many of whom seemed to take special offense because the story originated from a Los Angeles news organization.
Murphy’s story has been a topic of discussion for the Seattle Times and Seattle’s KING-5 News (‘The LA Times?! I will listen to the LA Times when it describes the microclimates on Kim Kardashian’s continental derriere. That, it would know.’), led to an interview on the city’s KIRO FM and caused a mini-uproar on Twitter. (Apparently not all Seattleites take criticism over their response to winter weather as lightly as the creator of this series of videos, which we can’t show here due to a wee bit of rough language.)
Thursday morning, Murphy, formerly The Times’ Moscow bureau chief, reported that the storm ‘turned ugly ... blanketing much of western Washington in slick sheets of ice,’ prompting Washington’s Gov. Christine Gregoire to declare a winter storm emergency. Hundreds of thousands of western Washington homes were without power as of midday as a result of the storm, and Oregon was facing its own problems as a result of flooding.
Below, some of the responses to The Times’ story from Twitter users. (Unfortunately, profanity prevented us from including a few of our favorite tweets.)
-- Lindsay Barnett