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May 19, 2016 10:27 AM UTC

Keyser says "liberal media is not going to give up"

  • by: Jason Salzman

(It’s kind of pathetic – Promoted by Colorado Pols)

Jon Keyser.
Jon Keyser.

U.S. Senate candidate Jon Keyser has proven to be a horrible media critic, threatening a reporter with his dog and saying the media is out to get him, without offering any evidence for his anger. In fact, I can’t identify a single question from reporters that’s been unfair to Keyser or unreasonable given the facts on the table.

If anyone doubts this, I offer the following exchange between Keyser and KNUS 710-AM’s Dan Caplis, beginning at 28:50 May 18 Hour 2 here.

Caplis: Obviously you’ve been getting a lot of questions over the way you handled an interview with a particular reporter from Channel 7. Give folks your perspective of that conversation through your eyes.

Keyser: The interview that you’re talking about, it actually took place during the middle of a debate. We were in a debate, a candidate debate. We took a five-minute stretch-your-legs break, and then of course this guy  [Denver7’s Marshall Zelinger] came and shoved a camera in my face. We were in the middle of the debate!

You know, I think it takes a lot of discipline to stick you your guns and say, ‘Here’s what I know. I know that I’m on the ballot. The Secretary of State has looked at that. A judge has looked at that again and again.’

And it takes a lot of discipline to not give the left what they want, which is — it’s not the 24-hour news cycle anymore–it’s something that will feed into the 24-minute news cycle.

They wanted me to misspeak, or they wanted to have me say something that they could run with or that would hurt me later. But I was focused on not stoking that fire, because, frankly, that is a very serious thing. And we wanted to make sure that we had the truth, that we knew exactly what happened. And that takes a little while sometimes. Now that doesn’t satisfy 24-minute news cycle.

But, you know, I think it was important that I stood in there, and frankly, we got to have a Republican who can stand there and take the punches, because the liberal media is not going to give up. They are not going to give me a free pass. That’s for sure. So, I’ve got to be able to stay on message, stay disciplined and be able to take the punches. And I’ve shown again and again that I can. I’ve answered more questions in the four months that I’ve been running for the United States Senate than Michael Bennet has in 4 years…

Caplis: This reporter who went to your home during the day?

Keyser: Yeah, certainly I think there are boundaries. And like any dad, I’m protective of my family. And if it seemed in that interview that I was agitated or somewhat upset, it’s because I was! It’s because I’m a dad. I’m very protective.  He scared my kids. My baby cried for another hour after they left. Nobody’s jumping out of Michael Bennet’s bushes to ask him questions.

Keyser is correct. The media isn’t going to give up. Why should it, when it’s just doing its job?


12 thoughts on “Keyser says “liberal media is not going to give up”

  1. Liberals should be careful about pushing this story too far. You're going to provoke a backlash of sympathy for Keyser against the liberal media and liberal attack groups like Progress Now. We still don't know Progress Now's full involvement in the scandal, including whether there is a relationship between Maureen Moss and the organization. I saw evidence that Moss had donated to Democrats in the 2013 recalls. If that's true, what else has she done for Democrats???

    There is more than meets the eye to this story. I don't trust liberal attack groups trying to "help" Republican primaries, and you shouldn't either.

    1. "We still don't know Progress Now's full involvement in the scandal, including whether there is a relationship between Maureen Moss and the organization."

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA You're joking right.

      ProgressNow found someone *willing* to commit a felony just to take down Keyser? I know you think we're all "bleeding-heart-liberals" but I don't think that means we're willing to go to prison, unlike your friends: Y'allQaeda.


      Furthermore, I don't believe ProgNow is "helping" the GOP primary, they're simply pointing out how bad Keyser's campaign is run. If he can't run a campaign from the top-down how can we expect him to do anything in the US Senate?

    2. Ummm, it's "blaming the liberal media, again" day, today, Fluffy …

      … read your notes for chrissakes!  Message discipline!

      Freelancing ain’t gonna’ win Jon the Senate!

    3. Right.  Because the story is about Progress Now, not Jon Keyser's tainted ballot petitions.  Jeez, you'd think the party that drones on and on about (mostly non-existent) voter fraud would take actual petition fraud seriously.  But apparently it is all about the ends, not the means.  Luckily, Keyser is done politically. 


  2. I'm confused by Mr. Keyser's concepts of "boundaries." It is not okay for a reporter to knock on his door during the day [when we wasn't responding to phone or email]. But it is okay for signature gatherers to go to other people's doors?

    1. See, in John's campaign they got away from knocking on doors, or even bothering to ask people if they wanted to be on the petition, just wrote their names down and signed for them, dead or alive.  No kid gets woken up that way.

      Did you see his dog, it's huuuuge!  

      1. Makes perfect sense. Can't believe Moddy or Keyser has spun that one yet …

        … Politeness, people!  Yes sir, yes sir, three bags full . . . 

        (Apparently, they didn't want to wake the dead, either?)

  3. No, Mr. Keyser, they're not going to give up. it's called due diligence. Sometimes, when they smell a rat, the media actually does its job. Did you think you'd be allowed to coast into Sen. Bennet's seat? Bad guess! If you can't take the heat…

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