The Denver Post Should Be Embarrassed

The front page of today’s Denver Post

Democrat Ed Perlmutter launched his campaign for governor on Sunday in front of a large crowd in Golden. This was a big deal, regardless of your political affiliations, because Perlmutter is the obvious frontrunner in the race for Colorado’s top job in 2018. Perlmutter’s announcement also opens up his Congressional seat in CD-7 for what is likely to be a crowded affair for both Democrats and Republicans. In other words, there’s a lot going on here.

Yet, somehow, the front page of the Denver Post today is all about…buttons. Most of today’s front page is dedicated to a story about the 49th annual Colorado State Button Society show and sale that apparently took place in Denver over the weekend.

[We’ll pause here while your adrenaline rush dissipates]

Five other stories are headlined on the front page today — but none of them mention anything about the 2018 race for governor. Not. A. Peep.

Front page of the Denver Post from April 5, 2017

This is particularly odd when you consider that the front page of the Post from last Wednesday featured a breathless account of news that Arapahoe County District Attorney George Brauchler would seek the Republican nomination for governor in 2018. Brauchler didn’t even hold a big event to kick off his campaign — and he’s not even the clear frontrunner in his own party — yet the Post fell all over itself to blare the news across its front page.

Look, the Denver Post can do whatever it wants with its front page. But if the idea of this newspaper is to practice actual, you know, journalism, then virtually ignoring Perlmutter’s gubernatorial announcement is farcical at best. This is a joke, and if you work for the Post, you have every right to feel ashamed today.

14 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. saltwatersound says:

    Sure the Denver Post should be better than this but I can't help but note that Colorado Pols seems openly dismissive of Mike Johnston's campaign for Governor.

    1. No headline blog post about his campaign announcement (a la Kennedy and Perlmutter). In fact, no headline post at all about Johnston since 2012.

    2. No mention of him at all in Perlmutter's announcement.

    3. Disrespecting his campaign by tagging him as a second-tier candidate (and apparently destined to lose to Kennedy in your opinion).

    4. Downplaying his record first quarter fundraising.

    Having opinions is all well and good but you seem to want to bury the guy before he even has a chance. Please consider taking your thumbs off the scale a bit.

    After all, that's all you're asking of the Denver Post, isn't it?

  2. ZappateroZappatero says:

    you want to edit a newspaper? Buy yer own or suck up to the Right Wing Billionaire owner.

  3. itlduso says:

    This is merely Chuck Plunkett's bid for a Lynn Bartels-type job with Brauchler. 

    Who is this Perlmutter you speak of?

  4. Diogenesdemar says:

    I suppose that once you can get over the embarrassment of once having been a "newspaper" then getting over every other embarrassment is pretty much pro-forma . . . 

  5. notaskinnycooknotaskinnycook says:

    I was flabbergasted at the paper this morning. That's a Saturday front page if I ever saw one. When something important happens on a Friday, my wife and I make a bet on whether it'll knock the fluff off the front page the next morning. Even when nothing monumental does happen, the tripe they lead with on Saturday pisses me off.   

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