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August 26, 2010 10:53 PM UTC

Fox 21 erred in reporting that Buck held "U.S. Senate unity rally"

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  • by: Jason Salzman

Fox 21 reported Monday that Ken Buck held a “U.S. unity rally” Monday night in Colorado Springs.

But Buck spokesman Owen Loftus told me today that Buck’s stop in Colorado Springs was a normal campaign rally, not a GOP U.S. Senate unity rally.

“That was just a mistake on Fox 21’s part,” he said, adding that “if we were to have a unity rally, we would make a big deal of that.”

“There were Norton supporters there,” he added. “They are coalescing around Ken now.”

As spotlighted on ColoradoPols yesterday, Fox 31’s weekday anchor and Vice President of News Operations Joe Cole reported:

Republican nominee Ken Buck was in town for a U.S. Senate unity rally. He’s trying to gain support from Jane Norton’s supporters whom he beat in the Republican primary. He is also turning his focus to incumbent Democrat, Senator Michael Bennet.

In its report on the rally, Fox 21 pictured Buck with the tag “unity rally” at the bottom of the screen.

At Monday’s really, Buck reportedly encouraged his supporters to get behind GOP gubernatorial candidate Don Maes and incumbent Attorney General John Suthers.

It appears that the Fox 21 reporter may have thought Buck’s statement of support for Maes and Suthers constituted a U.S. Senate unity rally, when in fact it did not.

Cole did not immediately return a call for comment.

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7 thoughts on “Fox 21 erred in reporting that Buck held “U.S. Senate unity rally”

    1. Maybe we should hear it from somebody other than Buck’s spokesman before getting too uptight? And shouldn’t a TV news station be more worried about “credibility” than the blog who quotes the TV news station?

      Christ I hate spelling out the obvious for you CONSTANTLY, Beej. You’re lucky I like you.

      1. I appreciate your attempt at “spelling out the obvious”, but you can quit trying. You’re not making much progress. I don’t know why you like me, but I couldn’t care less your opinion of me.

        1. You’re the one trolling the liberal blog, big package. So it’s kind of understood that you’re not looking to make friends.

          But there is the matter of that email from the El Paso GOP advertising this “Unity Rally” (note quotes), so it might become you more to be slightly less of a dick.

          http://coloradopols.com/showCo

          kthanksbye, honeypot,

    2. They front page an article claiming Buck crashed a party.  Turns out he kept a recording of the call inviting him to go.  Now the National Review is reporting the following, and even have a copy of the voice mail:


      ColoradoPols, a left-wing blog, called GOP U.S. Senate nominee Ken Buck’s appearance at defeated Democratic primary candidate Andrew Romanoff’s debt retirement/birthday party “classless.”

      The Denver Post said Buck “crashe[d]” Romanoff’s party, with donation in hand for the former state house speaker, causing quite a stir among “hostile” Romanoff supporters.

      One problem: Buck was invited by the Romanoff campaign.

      In audio of the phone message featured exclusively by Battle ’10, Buck received an invitation from campaign organizers to attend Thursday’s event. The invite came from Romanoff’s cousin, to be exact, who closed by saying, “I wish you luck in your race.

      You would think that the liars at tne Bennet campaign would do a better job of covering their tracks.

  1. Can someone define “Unity” are we referring to the political party or unity as in uniting another, as in, help me Norton supporters?

    I guess I would have offered some journalistic leeway…but then I said the same about Scott, when that first broke.

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