(Worth reading – Promoted by Colorado Pols)
Dear Denver Post,
I want you to know that you’re my favorite daily newspaper in Denver. OK, you’re the only daily newspaper, but you get where I’m coming from.
You’re like family to me, because you’ve arrived at my front door and been in our home every day for a long time. But I think it’s time we had a talk about what’s happening to you. You always told me that if you started to slip, I should tell you – and now that time has arrived.
There are days when all cylinders are firing, but those days are fewer and far between. Some of your reporters are great, but a lot of others in the great category have moved away. You have been missing good editors for quite a long time. That leaves you vulnerable and with fewer options. I’m worried about you and your future.
Lately, I’ve noticed that you haven’t paid very close attention to details and facts. Or even checked to make sure you had the details or facts. More frequently, I’m noticing that your stories don’t make sense or the paragraphs contradict each other.
Recently, you ran a front-page story about state jobs with many, many factual problems. And in spite of being presented clear and convincing evidence that your story was wrong, you refused to make corrections.
Also, there were a couple of stories about health care in Colorado. I don’t really want to wade through the politics of all this. Is it working or isn’t it? And if you can’t tell me, why not? Instead, there were several examples that highlighted disgruntled people who turned out to be just more Republicans trying to make political points. Aren’t you checking your sources anymore?
And your stories are disappearing from time to time. Do you forget where you put them? A recent story on Rep. Mike Coffman just vanished completely.
Also, and this is awkward, but you’ve been looking, well, a lot thinner these days, and I’ve noticed you seem to have shrunk a good bit in size and lost a lot of weight. Have you talked with anyone about your condition?
Your punctuality has been subpar lately, too. Sometimes, you show up at my house late every day or, and this really hurts, not at all. When I call your number to check up on you, it appears you have forwarded your phone to an off-shore answering service. Is everything OK with you?
I’m afraid there’s a need for an intervention. I’m not sure what to do with you anymore. You’re becoming less relevant in life.
I’m afraid someone responsible is going to have to take the keys away. I just hope there’s someone responsible out there who cares enough to help you drive.