Colorado Media Dropping Ball On GOP Presidential Insanity

UPDATE: It’s too bad more people don’t read the Colorado Independent–we know some of you think their reporting is kind of liberal or whatever. Note quotation marks:

“I for one never bought the hoax. I for one understand just from science that there are one hundred factors that influence the climate. To suggest that one minor factor of which man’s contribution is a minor factor in the minor factor is the determining ingredient in the sauce that affects the entire global warming and cooling is just absurd on its face. And yet we have politicians running to the ramparts – unfortunately politicians who happen to be running for the Republican nomination for president – who bought into man-made global warming and bought into cap and trade,” [Rick Santorum] said, before criticizing presidential rivals Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney by name for their previous positions on cap and trade and climate change.

Gingrich, speaking an hour before Santorum at the Colorado Energy Summit, said he regretted a TV commercial he shot with Democrat Nancy Pelosi that addressed climate change. He called it “the dumbest single thing I’ve done in five or six years. … It was stupid.” He said part of his Pelosi hangover is tied to his diminishing confidence in climate science…

Just amazing stuff coming out of these mouths with reporters in the room, folks.


Folks, we’ve come to the conclusion that local press coverage of the GOP presidential candidates leading up to today’s caucuses has been, well, terrible. With very few exceptions, Colorado media has studiously ignored just about everything these candidates have said that is in any way embarrassing, hypocritical, or inaccurate. We’re not completely sure why this editorial decision has been made, maybe it makes it easier to get stories past their editors.

An excellent example, not to pick on anybody in particular, was Denver Post reporter Sara Burnett’s story recapping Mitt Romney’s visit to Springs Fabrication in Colorado Springs Saturday–a company that received some $2.3 million in federal funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The hypocrisy of Romney bashing the “stimulus” at a factory that took stimulus money wasn’t lost on national media like CNN, who found it worthy of its own story, but Burnett’s piece makes no mention of this controversy at all–even though Romney spent considerable time in his speech responding to the charge.

We’re also rather surprised to see that nobody in Colorado has questioned Romney about his on-again-off-again support for “personhood amendments” like the one appearing on Colorado’s ballot again this year. We suppose it’s possible that Romney simply hasn’t been available for a single shouted question from the press pool, but if that’s the case we would think a reporter would say so at least. And it would be the first question we’d ask.

A welcome exception to the rule we’re seeing of controversy-free whitewash from local media reporting on GOP candidates is available in today’s Durango Herald, where reporter Joe Hanel actually reports…on things Republican candidates actually are saying…in actual speeches!

[Newt Gingrich] called for opening an area the size of Texas to drilling in Alaska.

“You could give environmentalists an area half the size of Texas. Pick their favorite polar glaciers. Pick their favorite polar bear, whatever they want,” Gingrich said.

Gingrich also said there is no such thing as Peak Oil – the theory that global oil production is leveling off and will drop. The idea, he said, is a ploy by the left to control people’s lives. [Pols emphasis]

Not to be outdone:

[Rick Santorum] called global warming a hoax.

“We were put on this Earth as creatures of God to have dominion over the Earth, and to use it wisely and to steward it wisely, but for our benefit, not the Earth’s benefit,” Santorum said. [Pols emphasis]

As crazy as it ever was, folks.

So, why didn’t this craziness make it into any of the stories in the Denver Post today? Why, when we go to the Post to read about Gingrich and Santorum (and Romney for that matter), do we see a bunch of vapid fluff pieces that don’t even report what the candidates said?

Because Durango, population 17,000, isn’t the only place that should be getting the facts.

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  1. ParkHill says:

    The Colorado media is owned by Republicans. Remember when Dean Singleton ordered the Denver Post editorial board to change its endorsement from Gore to Bush?

    If you own the newspaper you get to tell the reporters what to print.

    Murdoch owns Fox news and Wall Street Journal, so they reflect his right-wing beliefs.

  2. dwyer says:

    The news at 11 AM, never identified the caucuses as being Republican.  There was a message board defining the party.  But, you could listen and never hear the word “Republican.”  It was if all of Colorado was republican and so it was not necessary to identify a party.

    I am hoping that Jason covered the Newt, Mit, and Rick appearances on  talk radio and we can get his take.

    • BlueCat says:

      like something that occasionally must, regrettably, be mentioned during elections but that must be talked about as briefly as possible and in language suitable for a five year old’s level of comprehension. If there’s nothing else to report on locally bring on the latest highway pile up or photogenic fire in some other state.  STAT! Then move on to celebrity “news” and happy talk stories.  

    • bud says:

      the last time Obama came to town.  It was shockingly bad coverage.

  3. Aristotle says:

    I can see it already. “Sure, you JUST happened to pick Romney, rehashing the stimulus story, because YOU’RE JEALOUS! Jealous of his money and his good looks and his hair! Jealous that this messiah is coming to lead America back to the 19th Century! Oh, I see right through you, Pols, you liberal scalawags. I see EVERYTHING.”

  4. BlueCat says:

    inexplicable.  Our benefit, not the earth’s benefit?  Does he think we somehow exist independent of our planet? Does he think we can destroy earth without destroying ourselves? What does this guy use for brains?

  5. Pita says:

    Nancy Lofholm reported from Grand Junction,

    “Do you know where you are going tomorrow night?”

    Representatives for GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney repeatedly were asking that question of people streaming out of a rally for the candidate in Grand Junction on Monday.

    The Romney folks pointed at a map and handed out fliers on where and how to find your caucus. There were even rumbles of a conspiracy (what else is new over here?).  It’s fair to say the confusion isn’t a conspiracy, it’s just confusion.  The powers that be consolidated 82 precincts into 57 precincts.  Actually a more manageable number but with the changing timelines running up to the Primary, it’s, well, confusing.

    I’ve been active in the party since 1976, and this is the most confusion over caucuses that I’ve seen,” said Bonnie Beckstein, who was answering precinct questions outside a rally for Romney on Monday.

    “For some people, this is going to be too much effort to figure out,” she said.

  6. shrubHugger says:

    Why are there ads in the middle of the Front page?? Down with Webinars!!

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