This post originally appeared on Orphan Road.

The video above was released as part of a public records request. Or so they say. It’s apparently all a big conspiracy.

Color me skeptical.

Certainly it’s possible that the video was released intentionally to sway the election. But to sway it in whose favor? Neither candidate for Seattle mayor supports leaving the viaduct intact. I don’t see how this clearly benefits either of them.

I’d be curious to know how videos are typically released as part of public records requests. It’s obviously easy enough to send the filer a PDF of a text document. But what do you do with a video? Send a VHS tape or DVD? Putting it up on YouTube is an interesting, low-cost way to comply with the request in a way that benefits the public. I can’t turn up any evidence on the internet on how videos are typically released.

Anyway, the video is best viewed with Metallica playing really loudly in the background.