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Headline controversy

In February 2002, the Seattle Times ran a subheadline 'American outshines Kwan, Slutskaya in skating surprise' after Sarah Hughes won the gold medal at the 2002 Olympics. Many Asian Americans felt insulted by the Times actions even after the newspaper apologized, because Michelle Kwan is also American.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref>

Election controversy

On October 17, 2012, the publishers of the Seattle Times launched advertising campaigns in support of Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna and a state referendum to legalize same-sex marriage. The newspaper's management said the ads were aimed at "demonstrating how effective advertising with The Times can be."<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref> The advertisements in favor of McKenna represent an $80,000 independent expenditure, making the newspaper the third largest contributor to his campaign.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref> More than 100 staffers signed a letter of protest sent to Seattle Times Publisher Frank Blethen, calling it an "unprecedented act".<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref>

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