Denver talk-radio host calls body-slammed reporter a “little jerk”

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Rep.-elect Greg Gianforte (R-MT).

“I’m sorry, but what a meterosexual. Have you ever heard a bigger meterosexual?” said Denver KNUS 710-AM’s Chuck Bonniwell, mocking Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs, who was body slammed by Rep. Greg Gianforte (R-MT).

“In the real world of men, men, men,” Bonniwell continued, “you, know, it’s inappropriate. You go, ‘You owe me an apology.’ And Gianforte did give him an apology the next day. And that would be the end of it.”

Bonniwell runs newspapers in the Glendale and Cherry Creek. So you’d have thought there might be a chance he’d actually take the side of journalism here.

“I got in lots of fights, as an adult,” said Bonniwell on air. “My reaction, if somebody shoved me, would be shove ‘em back. But I would never say, ‘You broke my glasses.’”

Bonniwell called Jacobs a “little jerk,” saying he got what he deserved.

How did we get here? Listening to the audio won’t help you understand.

17 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. RepealAndReplace says:

    metrosexual, vetrosexual…..

    Whatever happened to the good old days when these things were settled by manly men doing manly things with other manly men?

  2. Genghis says:

    I've seen grown men – MANLY men, in the full pride of their manhood – grow white with terror on serene, tranquil nights such as this.

    ~ Captain Ned, from The Wretched Birth, Miserable Childhood, Agonizingly Painful Adolescence, and Appallingly Vile and Degrading Death of Miles Cowperthwaite, Chapter 2 – I am nailed to the hull

  3. Conserv. Head Banger says:

    What's a Chuck Bonniwell? Never heard of him. 

  4. mamajama55mamajama55 says:

    Putin kills journalists – 10-20 journalists a year. Bad press? No problem. Lock them up, or have your goons take them out.

    Putin is Trump's BFF. I think we'll find that most of the relationship is financial in nature, with Putin's state banks propping up the illusion of the Trump billions, but we'll see.

    Trump has a real affinity for autocrats. You give him a violent dictator who kills his citizens without due process – that's a guy Trump likes. Duterte, Putin, Kim Jong Un- those are Trump's role models.

    That is why the celebration and justification of this politician's assault on a journalist is so disturbing. It is normalizing an environment where journalists are not respected, but targeted for abuse.

    • Andrew Carnegie says:

      Journalists are not respected because they have not been behaving as journalists and have lost many American's respect.

      It is OK for a blogger to wear a tin foil hat.  In fact, it is expected.

      It is not OK for a journalist to be a partisan.  Our current "journalists" operate in a bubble, much like the Hollywood bubble that thought it OK to depict a bloody Trump chopped off head, where their echo chamber justifies the absurd.

      When you witnessed all of the weeping of the on-air talent at the election results you could tell that journalism was dead.

      • MichaelBowmanMichaelBowman says:

        I realize this is OK because the dude was black…and the people celebrating the mock lynching were good (white) men and women of the cloth. 

      • JohnInDenver says:

        The reporter was not asking a particularly "partisan" question. All he wanted was a specific response to the CBO report, soon enough that the reply would be reported prior to the end of the election and the announcement of results.

        I guess we'll have to wait for the misdemeanor charge to come to trial before we find out how much "respect" is due to the politician.

      • Diogenesdemar says:

        So now you've resorted to cribbing stupid-notes from Moderatus??? . . .

        . . . that's gotta be the dumbest fucking set of sentiments ever expressed here in semi-intelligible language!!!

  5. mamajama55mamajama55 says:

    Journalists have a job to do- to get the story. Journalists are supposed to be pushy and persistent.  In Jacob's case, his job was to get a comment from Gianforte on the CBO scoring of the Republican health plan. He tried various ways to get that interview with Gianforte, and when he saw an opening where the candidate wasn't busy, he asked his questions. Gianforte reacted inappropriately –  in rage. He could have just kept saying, "No comment," or "I'm not prepared to answer that yet," or any number of non-violent responses.

    I don't agree with what Kathy Griffith did, (and she’s an entertainer, not a journalist)but that's just more of your diversionary bullshit. We're talking about a now-elected candidate violently assaulting a journalist. Stick to that.

    Do you think that was acceptable behavior? Yes or No?

    • notaskinnycooknotaskinnycook says:

      He'll never give you a straight answer, MJ. He knows the straight answer is a resounding "NO", but the thug who shoved the reporter is a right-winger, so he's his kind of thug. And as for dragging that tacky woman into this, CNN has severed (sorry, couldn't resist) its relationship with Griffith.

    • Andrew Carnegie says:


      At this stage I do not know.

      I have not seen footage of what happened before between the two of them.

      I suspect it was not appropriate and an over reaction, but I don't know.

      That is why they have trials.


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