The interview was so poorly-done that I wonder if the real target of the attack was actually Linda Brill.
Maybe some of her colleagues at KING wanted to undermine her? by releasing an interview which was shabby, whether you like Sawant's ideas or not?
Who knows? But stranger things have happened in bureaucratic infighting.
Sawant comes across well even if you don't agree with her ideas. She has a very likeable side. So I don't think that KING made Sawant look bad at all. In fact most people cringe at the interviewer's questions. Worth listening to the whole thing if you follow Seattle politics.