(Kudos to the Post. No matter the politician, or the political Party, we are ALL better served when reporters and editors ask the important follow-up questions and don’t let politicians’ claims go unchallenged. – promoted by Colorado Pols)
It’s good to see The Denver Post stand up for itself and not allow gubernatorial candidate Scott McInnis say inaccurate things about its reporting.
You may recall from my previous post today that McInnis said on a conservative talk radio show that The Post had gone through his congressional votes and found that all of them were anti-abortion.
The Spot reported a little while ago that The Post never made a claim to have gone through his congressional votes.
In fact, the Post should have pointed out that in November, The Post reported that in Congress, McInnis “earned a reputation as a moderate and a maverick on the [abortion] issue.”
The November Post article continued:
He voted against some abortion measures, supported others and once chaired the national Republicans for Choice….
The Rocky Mountain News in 1996 called McInnis a maverick on abortion.
He long had opposed partial-birth abortions and backed parental notification. But he opted to allow for privately funded abortions at overseas U.S. military hospitals, to let federal employees choose health insurance plans to cover abortions and to preserve federal funding for family-planning programs.
In 1995, NARAL tracked 21 roll-call votes. McInnis sided with their issues seven times. In contrast, Democrat Pat Schroeder of Denver supported NARAL’s position all 21 times while Republican Joel Hef ley of Colorado Springs voted against NARAL’s position every time, the Rocky reported.
On the Jim Pfaff radio show, McInnis claimed to have a zero rating by NARAL.
The Spot also reported in its piece today that McInnis was wrong when he stated on the Jim Pfaff show, cited in my piece today, that The Post asked for his high school transcripts. The Spot reported:
Untrue. The Post in February asked the candidate for his college and law school transcripts as part of our routine background research.