The Seattle Times vs. the Post Intelligencer

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The city of Seattle has two major daily newspapers, the Seattle Times and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. While the PI is a few years older, the Times has a slightly higher circulation rate. The fact that the two newspapers have survived in Seattle for over a century indicates that...

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer

History of the P-I

The Seattle Times

History of the Times

The Joint Operating Agreement of 1983

What's the Difference?

Currently, both the Times and the PI are morning papers, meaning that they're generally delivered to homes and newsstands before 6:00 AM. Until 199X, however, the XXX was an afternoon paper.

As with most two paper cities, there are noticeable differences in the political leanings of the papers. The Times tends to be more XXX, whereas the PI tends to be more XXX.

Of course, to the average reader, the most noticeable difference is seen in the funny pages, as the papers carry different comic strips. The Times carries Baby Blues, Cathy, For Better or For Worse, and Foxtrot. The PI, on the other hand, carries more classic comics, such as Beetle Bailey, Dennis the Menace, Hagar the Horrible, Hi and Lois, Popeye, and Ziggy. The PI also carries Dilbert, however, and that is enough to swing the decision for many of the techno geeks in the Seattle area. Both newspapers provide many of their comic strips online.

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