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Click vs. KOMO: I so don’t care anymore

We’re now more than a week into the stalemate between Tacoma’s Click Network and Fisher Broadcasting, owner of KOMO (the ABC affiliate airing on Channel 4 locally).

Their dispute – over how much Click will pay Fisher to air KOMO and four other channels that I don’t get so I don’t care about – means Click customers are only getting the message at right on their screens when they turn to Channel 4.

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I don’t know about other Click customers, but I’ve found that I’m getting along just fine without KOMO.

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Not the assessor-treasurer office’s finest half hour

If Alberto Ugas isn’t regretting his decision to go up against Mark Lindquist on KOMO radio this morning, he should be.

Ugas – the Pierce County deputy assessor-treasurer who just filed a recall against Lindquist, the county’s prosecuting attorney, for allegedly obstructing justice – was a guest on John Carlson’s show this morning.

Ugas and his boss, Assessor-Treasurer Dale Washam, come off as batty in print. But on the radio, when followed by a guy who makes a living winning over juries? Not Ugas’ smartest move.

Carlson quizzed Ugas, asking why it’s Lindquist in his sights when 1) Lindquist’s predecessor, Gerry Horne, also declined to pursue criminal charges for what Ugas and Washam claim was criminal conduct by the former assessor-treasurer, Ken Madsen, and 2) the prosecutor’s office doesn’t launch criminal investigations, it reviews them.

Carlson also asked Ugas whether he was pursuing the recall in his official county capacity or as a private citizen. Ugas said he was doing it as a private citizen, because “we” understand the need to not mix public duties with private initiatives. Ugas offered that he was taking a vacation day to call into the show.

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