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    Video: Mayor Ed Murray's response to helicopter crash

    Mayor Ed Murray responded to KOMO helicopter crash during a Tuesday press conference.

    Robert Mak is a principal of Seattletopstory.com and a longtime broadcast reporter in Western Washington.

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    Posted Tue, Mar 18, 4:43 p.m. Inappropriate

    I may be out of step with society (I am) but I was puzzled by the need for a press conference.

    Now I am not AGAINST having a press conference if the Mayor wants one.

    But it puzzled me; and I heard it. Mayor Murray did a credible job -- no criticism on that point.

    But why?

    Was the accident especially shocking?
    The deaths were of course tragic, like every other vehicular accident which results in death. Alas, 2 deaths and a serious burn is not unusual.

    Was there need for public reassurance?
    Not really. I assumed without thinking that our fire, police. medical resources would respond well -- and I gather they did.

    Was there any sense that the City had made an error of some kind? Which needed public attention?
    The helicopter was private and taking off from private property. The City was not involved. Until the NTSB determines what happened, it is premature to even think about changing City codes.

    So, without being callous, and of course I have sympathy, as we all should, for anyone personally connected to the dead or injured, why did the Mayor feel it necessary to hold a press conference?

    I want to make it clear that I am not suggesting that the Mayor did anything inappropriate. Hardly. I am simply trying to understand our Seattle culture.

    Posted Tue, Mar 18, 11:47 p.m. Inappropriate


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