Weeks after a planned interview with her was abruptly canceled by the Tacoma public television station, City Councilwoman Marilyn Strickland will be the featured guest tonight at 7:30 p.m. on KBTC’s new community issues show, Northwest Now.
David Hinman, the station’s general manager, will interview Strickland about her coming agenda for the city when she moves to the mayor’s office in January. The public is encouraged to call or email the show with any questions (phone: 253.680.7777; email: Northwestnow@KBTC.org).
The KBTC interview tonight with Strickland comes after the station last month nixed a planned interview of Tacoma’s mayoral candidates. Hinman told me then that KBTC’s move to cancel the show was an independent decision made by station management to alleviate any potential perceptions of journalistic bias, which we wrote about here.
The campaign of Strickland’s challenger, Jim Merritt, had complained that the station’s interview process was tainted because then interviewer, Stan Rumbaugh, had endorsed Strickland and given her campaign money. Rumbaugh’s wife also worked as a fundraiser for Strickland’s campaign.