The Denver Post – Biased?

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Why is Denver so much more like San Francisco than Omaha? It isn’t what you would expect. The stockyards of Omaha are much closer in distance and cultural milieu to Denver than the City by the Bay that birthed Rice-A-Roni. Denver is smack dab in the middle of fly-over country, stretching for hundreds of miles in every direction. But Metro Denver increasingly resembles a isolated citadel of the Left Coast surrounded by a desert teeming with unschooled savages, the remake of Beau Geste for a modern progressive audience.

But while this vast area of farms, prairie and mountains is overwhelmingly a deep deep Red, filled to the brim with Deplorables, Denver itself is as blue as a boy can be(My apologies to Marc Cohn and the City of Memphis). It was not always so. Perhaps this strange phenomenon can be laid at the feet of the California immigration that has transformed Denver over the past 30 years. Along the Front Range of Colorado, one can hardly escape the influence of the Golden State. 1st and 2nd generation refugees from the Pacific shore are as common as bicycles on mountain roads. Perhaps some future candidate for Governor of Colorado might promise to build a wall?

Denver’s politics, considered in the light her citizenry’s makeup, offers proof that hope triumphs over experience. How else can one explain the politics of the Front Range? Those refugees from California, having fled its tax and regulatory burdens, continue to agitate and vote for the same politics from which they fled, in expectation that these policies might have a different outcome in the watershed of the South Platte than in the California sunshine.

Perhaps the presence of California’s expatriates in the Mile High City explains the outcome of the newspaper wars some fifteen years ago. Back in the day, Denver was the long settled home of two daily newspapers, the Rocky Mountain News and the Denver Post. The Rocky Mountain News was a unique paper, reflecting the quixotic nature of the entire Rocky Mountain Empire as it was affectionately known then, while the Denver Post was more pedestrian, the local clone of the dailies found in most big cities, its editorial focus unexceptional, union friendly and big city Democratic.

The Rocky Mountain News, gadfly to the Byzantine rent seeking politics of Denver’s various tribes and developers, went out of business. It seems the waves of immigrants from Los Angeles opted for the familiar, the bland pieties of the Denver Post. Now we are left with one newspaper, the Denver Post. While it has not yet fallen into “Pravda-esque” agitprop of papers such as the NY Times or Washington Post, the Denver Post does reliably toe the party line of Adorable America.

As a Deplorable living among the Adorables as I do, I am more than familiar with the Adorable puzzlement over claims of media bias from those folks over on the fringes. Adorable America believes that America is blessed with a responsible press, a wonder of the world. Deplorable America used to believe the responsible press was a blessing. The Denver Post is a member in good standing of the responsible press, priding itself on rigorous journalistic standards, commitment to the facts and a duty to be objective while presenting all sides of the story.

Perhaps they are right. But what to make of the Deplorable’s claims of a biased media? Is it just that the unlettered oafs can’t see past their gun sights? Or is it the possibility that exposure to the Bible closes ones mind to reality? And so in the interest of being a fair minded blogger, I am going to wander the thickets of the Denver Post over the coming week, examining their lead articles, the big stories they cover each day.

 

Sunday

 

The Denver Post lead on Sunday is a splashy investigative report on lobbying in Colorado’s Legislature, a strange choice for the front page given that the teachers of the Denver Public School System are going on strike tomorrow. The City of Denver will be convulsed the following day as tens of thousands of parents struggle to cope with the snarled logistics necessitated by a teachers strike. Thousands of parents will call in sick at work. Thousands of grandparents will give up their leisurely day of Judge Judy and laxative commercials.

I am sure the editors struggled mightily over the decision to go with the lobbying investigation lead. Yes, the strike was by far the biggest news story in Denver but you need to understand that covering a teacher’s strike in Denver is something no 21st Century newspaper wants to do. The mayor of Denver, Michael Hancock, is a Democrat and black. The Governor of Colorado, who will be a key player in the drama, is gay – the ground breaking historic first gay governor in the nation. How can the paper do anything but fawn in adoration, basking in the aura emitted by this titan, a puppy wiggling on its back hoping for a tummy rub? The state legislature, a key source of possible extra money for the teachers, is a bastion of progressive Democrats with its few remaining Republicans reduced to convening their caucus in a broom closet.

The Denver Board of Education is on the firing line over this strike. Teacher’s strikes are red meat for big city newspapers like the Denver Post. Caring and idealistic teachers struggling to earn a living wage being oppressed by a cold heartless school board. Reporters asking questions that cause school board members to stammer and stutter in embarrassment. It doesn’t get any better than that.

But not in this teachers strike, the Board of Education can’t be the bad guy. Denver’s Board of Education is 100% female, with a decided majority being women of color. The Denver City Council, the final player in the drama, has some white guys on it but they are totally outnumbered, domesticated for so long that to call them eunuchs would be an over the top compliment. I would guess the white guys on the Council are kept around simply to keep Denver’s real estate development community sedated.

In a strike like this, what is a newspaper supposed to write about? Modern news stories cannot exist without a villain and the Denver Teacher’s strike obviously has no villains. And the Post does have this meaty article on lobbying ready to run. The author of the expose on lobbying, Nic Garcia, probably spent weeks putting the story together. Mr. Garcia has every right to expect this effort worthy of front page billing.

Interestingly enough, Nic Garcia’s resume as a reporter highlights his experience at Chalkbeat, a non-profit news organization focused on public education. Though it appears Mr. Garcia is not assigned to coverage of the strike, his resume is made to order for commentary on the Denver Teacher’s strike. His resume also includes his time as a reporter for Out Front, Colorado’s oldest LGBTQ news organization as well as being a contributing editor for the Gayzette. I look forward to following Mr. Garcia’s Twitter feed as I believe his thoughts will provide valuable insight for outsiders on the current hierarchy of the protected classes in Denver.

Of course the tone of Mr. Garcia’s article deplores the effect of lobbying on Colorado’s noble legislators. Who is going to offer a defense of lobbying? Admitting to being a lobbyist is only slightly better than admitting to being a neo-Nazi. As a footnote to those ignorant of the fine points in political reporting, individuals described as “activists” should absolutely never be considered lobbyists. In the Denver Post’s lengthy piece, only one legislator is quoted but that quote sets the tone of the piece.

“The amount of money spent lobbying is a startling figure,” said state Rep. Chris Kennedy, a Lakewood Democrat who would like to see lobbying reform. “It’s (the lobbying) a challenge for us who are really committed to public service to overcome every day.”

Rep. Chris Kennedy, the selfless legislator quoted, committed to public service, who fights against the “monied interests” out to gain their evil ends by seducing the noble legislators with money and other inducements. Mr. Kennedy is a graduate of CU Boulder with a degree in Architectural Engineering and “ is very interested in renewable energy”. After a short stint of actually working for a living, Mr. Kennedy “grew increasingly concerned about issues facing our state and nation”, going back to school for a Masters Degree in Political Science, no doubt at CU-Boulder.

His website notes that Chris Kennedy is very concerned about “future generations” and features an outdoorsy photo of himself, his partner and their dog, Jobin. One gets the impression that Chris Kennedy has higher aspirations, perhaps the reason why the savvy Mr. Garcia chose him for a quotation. Mr. Kennedy is obviously a sensitive guy, after all Hollywood has defined architect as the chosen profession of “sensitive men” for decades now. It goes without saying that Mr. Kennedy, this middle aged single and childless man, knows all he needs to about the needs of future generations – which includes my grandchildren.

This being the Denver Post, it is a given that the oil & gas business must be bludgeoned. Unfortunately, the figures cited in the article disclose that the oil & gas business is well down the list for lobbying expenditures, well below, health care, education, local/state government, non-profits, political advocacy groups and real estate development. So Mr. Garcia is in a quandary – lobbying is bad but all the groups spending the most money are above criticism.

So virtually forced into giving a well-intentioned pass to the above groups, Mr. Garcia instead gratuitously adds a paragraph implying the oil & gas industry improperly stole an election by out spending everyone else. Even though for some unexplained reason the oil & gas industry, by definition an evil group of fellows, is not a big player in the evil that is lobbying which is after all the subject of Mr. Garcia’s piece.

And finally the Republicans, virtually an endangered species in Colorado government, must be kicked as well. And so in an effort to put a face on the evils of lobbying, Mr. Garcia spends a few paragraphs detailing the Colorado Medical Society’s lobbying effort on a bill in the legislature adding another layer of bureaucracy and regulation to the fight against the opioid crisis. But this noble effort by the legislature, “despite having bipartisan support”, was killed by “a Republican controlled committee”. Those selfless legislators “committed to public service” were foiled again by Republicans, bought and paid for by foul lobbyists.

 

Monday

 

The lead story today is the Denver Public School strike. I mean how can it not be despite the strike’s patent unfairness to the Denver Post. The strike is convulsing the city. National news outlets are picking it up, featuring out of control students dancing in the halls. To the credit of the Denver Post, they run a good newspaper article, factual and balanced, just what you would expect from a good newspaper. Not a single bad guy called out. Not a single cheap shot.

Of course a large part of the article features the obligatory saccharine quotes from children about how wonderful their teachers are and how underpaid they are. Children have been used to put pressure on the public purse by every teacher’s strike since the time of the pyramids. I am sure the students quoted will be given due consideration in various “Teacher’s Pet of the Month” contests. As is par for the course, while parent’s exasperation is documented, any of their thoughts on the legitimacy or goals of the strike are absent.

Without the teacher’s strike, the lead article would undoubtedly have been the big spread with a suitable large photo on page 2 titled “Tackling “Bold Goals””. One could make comments about the propaganda value of photographic iconography, but what would be the point? Former Boulder Mayor Will Toor is now Colorado Energy Director. You know Boulder. We used to call it the “People’s Republic of Boulder”, back when we still thought we were joking.

With the advent of our new governor Jared Polis – himself a Boulder resident, Boulder’s former mayor has been appointed Colorado’s energy guru. Who knew Colorado needed one? Are we thinking of negotiating with Saudi Arabia? Or given the Boulder connection, perhaps we imagine we might renegotiate the thermodynamics of renewable energy with God?

Mr. Toor appears to be a smart and passionate man. Just look at his picture accompanying the article. While he seems to have spent his entire career in “public service”, he received his PhD in Physics from the University of Chicago focusing on phase transitions in Electrorheological (ER) fluids. For the uninitiated, ER fluids are used in hydraulic valves, abrasive polishing and specialized computer keyboards. Obviously a man well educated and experienced in the business of energy.

In a surprise to me, Energy Czar Will Toor has big plans to transform Colorado’s energy future. And he doesn’t plan to just talk about it, using the bully pulpit as it were. Mr. Toor has money to spend. One part of his war chest, probably a small part, is $70 million – Colorado’s share of the $ 25 billion dollar fines levied on Volkswagen because of “cheating” on diesel emissions testing. The gift that keeps on giving!

On Mr. Toor’s To-Do List is ensuring that Colorado joins California in mandating the purchase of electric vehicles by the Colorado’s citizens. Mr. Toor acknowledges that this “Bold Goal”, this unpopular regulatory regime, can cause problems, but he is quoted as saying – “There’s no free lunch. Every form of energy has impacts.” Wow – this is a wise man!! After all, he did earn his degree at the University of Chicago, a bastion of free-market economics. Perhaps Mr. Toor accidently walked into an economics class on his way to the Electrorheologic Lab.

Also on Mr. Toor’s agenda is the need to work with the oil & gas industry in an effort to make them more energy efficient. Obviously the oil & gas industry is a group of bumpkins needing the expertise of politicians from Boulder. While I admit this is probably just happy talk, it really p***** me off.

I spent four decades working in the energy industries. The jewel of Boulder, the University of Colorado, has its electricity, building heat and air conditioning supplied by a campus facility that is my design, the project developed by an oil & gas company for which I worked. I, and I would suspect tens of thousands of people who actually generate and use energy in the State, are deeply insulted by this bumptious charlatan having the temerity to bloviate about things of which he has demonstrated little understanding. Can you tell I get a little hot under the collar?

 

Tuesday/Wednesday

 

The Denver Public School teacher strike continues to capture the front page. I’m sure the Denver Post’s news staff is almost as upset as the parents of the students are. It is really hard to write about a conflict when everybody involved is a member of the protected classes.

Of course everything in the newspaper is slanted in favor of the poor teachers. This is the Denver Post. But other than vague references to “pushback” from unnamed school administrators and principals, the newspaper portrays everyone working honestly and with integrity toward resolution of this strike. Just imagine if the Board of Education’s majority was composed of men, or God forbid – white men, instead of women of color.

The Denver Post reporter featuring most prominently in the teacher’s strike is Elizabeth Hernandez, formerly an education reporter at the Boulder Daily Camera. That Boulder connection, it just keeps showing up. Ms. Hernandez “is passionate about using her platform to tell the stories of underrepresented Coloradans in an accurate, compassionate, engaging manner.” Having 30 years spent in a Front Range cultural demographic significantly underrepresented, I wonder whether she will be interviewing me soon, in an accurate, compassionate, engaging manner?

Happening alongside the teacher’s strike is the coverage of Denver’s City Council voting a pay raise for themselves. How delicious is this? Fat cat politicians get a raise while starving teachers walk the picket lines!!! To my surprise, the Denver Post’s coverage of the pay raise is low key, balanced and generally favorable. Imagine the paper’s coverage if the Denver City Council was all white men. Councilman Rafael Espinoza is reported as saying that he supports the pay raise, but “worries that council members could grow out of touch with constituents”. Way to have your cake and eat it too, Mr. Espinoza.

 

Thursday

 

The teacher’s strike continues to the chagrin of Denver parents and the Denver Post. But even though the responsible coverage continues, today welcomes the appearance of the first villain. It took four days to find one. In virtually the same amount of space given to the strike itself, a half page article calls out East High School Principal John Youngquist for callously violating the First Amendment rights of a student journalist. The student was filming inside East High, providing video to outside media.

The Denver Post describes this “student journalist” acting as and I quote “the eyes and ears for the people”. The mean spirited and abusive principal told the “student journalist” to stop filming or leave the premises. At the risk of being tendentious given the name of the Principal, I leave you to ponder the apparent sex and race of the first person actually blamed for anything in four days of strike coverage by the newspaper.

Other coverage of note focuses on Peter Munson, formerly the Rector of St. Ambrose Episcopal Church. Mr. Munson had an extremely rare Daily Double. He was featured in a large photo on page 2 and again on the cover of “Your Hub”, the local human interest insert published on Thursdays. Two large photos in one day is quite a feat. It seems Mr. Munson is retiring at age 61 and is going to walk across the United States raising money for children’s charities. At the risk of being uncharitable, I must say that it appears the Episcopal Church has a well funded and generous pension.

It must also be said that St. Ambrose Episcopal Church is in – you guessed it – Boulder. Leafing through the Church’s on line sermons, I must conclude that “social justice” is its mission, with all that stuff about sinners, salvation, grace and mercy buried in the footnotes so as to not make the parishioners feel bad about themselves. I have no hard data on the attendance at St. Ambrose, but it is well documented that the Episcopal Church is suffering precipitous decline.

With all of the vigorous and lively churches in the Denver area, one wonders why the Denver Post in its increasingly rare touch on anything “religious” features that part of Christianity deeply entwined with liberal pieties, frequently at odds with any coherent understanding of Scripture, and sadly declining in both numbers and influence. At the risk of being insensitive given the current angst in the Episcopal Church over the correct posture on abortion suitable to its desired standing in Adorable society, one can’t help but be struck by the irony of Mr. Munson’s new mission proudly trumpeted in the Denver Post.

 

Friday

 

The teacher’s strike is over. Elizabeth Hernandez et alia writes a factual and reasoned piece detailing the agreement and necessary house keeping arrangements ending the strike. The Denver Post has done well in covering the strike. I applaud the fact that they kept the “teacher’s pet” quotes at the back of all their pieces rather than toward the front, an all too common practice.

Perhaps my biggest disappointment in their coverage was a silence, both editorial and coverage, about what appeared to be the key point in the strike. Of course the teachers wanted more money and they got it. But that is simply a dog bites man story. The Teacher’s Union really wanted a drastic reduction in “incentive/performance based compensation” which they got as well.

It is a bedrock foundation of union doctrine, any union, that union members be paid based upon seniority and qualification. Incentive or performance based compensation is anathema to unions. A union’s purpose is to protect their members. Everybody gets paid the same and no one gets fired, including the lazy and incompetent ones. Back in 2005, Denver parents, unable to do anything about bad teachers and fed up with poor performance in Denver’s schools, voted to require a performance based compensation system be implemented.

Of course choosing unionized educators to build and run a performance based compensation system is akin to choosing traditional utilities to build and run nuclear power plants. Not the best or most successful way to do it for sure unless one is actually looking to create a platypus. But back in 2005 there were solid reasons for implementing a performance-based system, problems that have not been addressed or gone away. While naïve students and emoting teachers were quoted ad nauseum, parents concerned about school performance were notably silent in the coverage of strike by the Denver Post.

While the strike monopolized the Denver Post’s front page this week, Page 2 is the spot to see the stories that might otherwise have been on the front page. Today on Page 2 is no exception. Front and center Page 2 is a typical story by a Denver Post reporter well known for such stories. “EPA unveils strategy to deal with chemicals” by Bruce Finley, subtitled “Residents suffering from exposure critical of plan”.

As a long time reader of the Denver Post, I have grown familiar with Mr. Finley, a practiced graffiti artist using outrage and innuendo instead of spray cans. His lead sentence says it all:

“The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday unveiled a national plan for dealing with two of the hundreds of toxic chemicals that have contaminated water in Colorado and across the country, but the announcement did little to pacify residents here who worry their health is already harmed.”

I took the liberty of adding my own emphasis to some of the words and phrasing used. This is classic Mr. Finley. If he were talking about people it would be called character assassination. If he were an attorney, the judge would chastise him for leading the witness. A close reading of the article as well as recourse to Google informs the hair splitting reader that the EPA action spoken of in Mr. Finley’s breathless prose is related to a possible future regulation for the perflourinated chemicals used in fire fighting foams, particularly those fire fighting foams effective in jet fuel fires.

In his artistic way, Mr. Finley sprinkles the word “toxic” frequently and promiscuously in his news piece. In his use of the word “toxic”, he is pedantic but correct, as well as inflammatory. If you drink a goodly amount of these perflourinated chemical compounds known as Aqueous Film Forming Foams (AFFF’s) it might not be a good idea. The material data sheets (MDS) supplied with them advise using water to wash them off your skin, defining them a mild skin irritant. A mild skin irritant you say?

What the EPA proposes to do in their announcement is to examine whether limits on long term exposure should be set. Perhaps there is no need to regulate them at all. But since no one has any real idea of whether there is any long term effect from low level exposure, this exercise in regulation making by the EPA is simply throwing darts while blindfolded at a distant dart board.

Of course such uncertainty does not hinder the Sierra Club and Mr. Finley quotes them extensively. Other sources indicate that Fountain Creek in El Paso County intermittently has measured AFFF levels exceeding 70 ppt. That is 70 parts per trillion, not billion or million. Neither Mr. Finley nor his compatriots in the Sierra Club’s Fountain Creek Water Sentinels Action Group mention actual numbers. Perhaps they are worried that numerically literate readers might find their concerns risible. On another note, why is it that environmental watchdog groups have names reminding one of China’s Cultural Revolution?

Of course the Sierra Club being a model of probity in the environmental community, Mr. Finley is only following his journalistic instincts when he searches for a more colorful advocate. Mr. Finley actually quotes another more flamboyant activist on the EPA announcement, one Wenonah Hauter director of Food and Water Watch. While the Food and Water Watch is headquartered in Washington D.C., Ms. Hauter is an “activist”, not a lobbyist. Among Ms. Hauter’s many awards is being named a “Food Hero” by the Vegetarian Times. Ms. Hauter had this to say about the EPA’s announcement:

“This is a non-action plan, designed to delay effective regulation of these dangerous chemicals in our drinking water. The big winners today are polluting corporations, not the people affected by this industrial waste in their drinking water supplies.”

Of course Mr. Finley chooses to be somewhat circumspect about the source of AFFF levels in Fountain Creek. A careful reader puzzles out that the source of any AFFF is fire fighter training at Peterson Air Force Base. But castigating the military is not near as much fun as piling on “polluting corporations”. Perhaps instead of polemics, Mr. Finley should just make the case for letting jet fuel fires burn themselves out, obviating the need for fire fighters and thereby allowing for significant savings in the Defense budget.

 

Saturday

 

The teachers strike is over and now we get to see a more normal Denver Post front page. Pride of place goes to a syndicated story about President Trump and the border wall. The story is syndicated from the Washington Post and is about Trump’s border wall. What would be the point of reading it? It has all been said before.

But just to show that the Denver post is a properly progressive newspaper, the front page’s predictable Trump bashing is accompanied by the edited reprint of a candid photo from page 191 of the 1978 Arapahoe High School yearbook. You can probably guess what its about. Four predictably clueless high school seniors are posing wearing white KKK (?) hoods. This is a pretty insensitive thing to do, even in 1978, but then they were high school boys, probably before Ritalin or compulsory diversity sensitivity training.

A second photo on an inside page, from page 263 of the University of Colorado’s 1968 yearbook, shows some Theta Kappa Psi brothers dressed in blackface at a party. Given the meltdown in Virginia’s statehouse, this long winded and breathless expose might qualify as worthy of a Denver newspapers attention. But really?

Regarding my own thoughts about such contretemps, I will remain silent and allow my readers to come to their own conclusions about the need for the Denver Post to feature such tendentious articles on its front page. Only a fool uses a lighted match for illumination in a closed room filled with gasoline vapors. My beloved country’s media is currently caught up in a mindless hysteria more reminiscent of a mob searching out witches in the Salem of 1692 than responsible journalism.

But the story does put me in mind of George Orwell’s book, Animal Farm. There is a line from the book that assumes a greater relevance in our public discourse every day. In the book, a progressive government made up of pigs issues a proclamation:

“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”

It would be unreasonable to conclude anything other than that the Denver Post is more than sympathetic to the progressive point of view. Progressive politics is driven by victimology, even though virtually none of the players, or wannabes, has ever been anything but privileged, often to an extreme degree. The political game of victimology, aided and abetted to an alarming extent by the media of which the Denver Post is a participant, is a game of power driven by tribal identity. Those climbing the pole look for what identity they might plausibly assume which has suffered the most “oppression” in some past time.

As the tribal identities in America proliferate, conflict is unavoidable. Whose story will be advanced in public when the interests of different tribes in the protected classes come into conflict? This time in the case of the Denver Teacher’s strike it was handled well. Responsible journalism prevailed. But it is interesting to idly speculate on what the Denver Post’s coverage would have been like if the School Board was white male dominated?

But the question of “which animals are more equal than the others” will continue.

As the hens of the Denver Post’s newsroom cluck over insensitive young males two generations past, they might reconsider their own sensitive treatment of the Democratic Socialist Party’s of Boulder and Denver. From time to time members, named and unnamed, of these two parties get into the news, being treated with respect and compassion, even cloying photographs – the noble idealist fighting corporate corruption and greed story. But Denver is full of citizens whose ancestors and even themselves suffered greatly from socialists, a suffering that makes even the most lurid tales of the KKK seem tame by comparison.

As it happens, my own family heritage is of the Ukraine. My grandparents escaped to the United States in the early part of the 20th Century, before the socialists came to power. Not all of their relatives got out. During the Twenties and Thirties, the socialists starved them, shot them, put them on trains and shipped them to concentration camps. My grandparents’ remaining relatives in the Ukraine disappeared from view. At least 6 million Ukrainians were deliberately starved to death during this time in a socialist engineered famine. Hmmm, six million? Where have I heard that number before?

The socialists came to their farms and took their food at gunpoint, food the socialists then exported into the world market to prove that socialism worked. I don’t know what the Denver Post said during this time, but the New York Times won a Pulitzer Prize for reporting how the socialists of the USSR were feeding the world, even as my distant relatives were deliberately starved to death en masse by the intellectual forebears of the Democratic Socialist Party of Boulder and Denver. How does this view of socialists compare to a few ignorant teenagers acting out a foolish prank? Perhaps Ms. Hernandez could use “her platform to tell the stories of underrepresented Coloradans in an accurate, compassionate, engaging manner.”

 

Is there media bias in the Denver Post? Of course there is. I have been biased myself in this blog post. Human beings can’t help but be biased by the baggage we carry on our backs.

But it is only simple honesty to be clear about one’s biases, rather than a mealy mouthed denial of their existence. In cases where a progressive world view was not in question, such as the Denver teacher’s strike, the Denver Post was everything that a newspaper should be. They didn’t give voice to the people who pay the bills, i.e. the parents, but then let’s be real, since when have schools ever cared what parents’ think?

But in the article on lobbying, there was very clearly a point of view. In the interview with Will Toor, the coverage of Peter Munson, the piece on AFFF’s and the adolescents in “black face” there was very clearly a point of view. In all of the coverage, there was a single point of view. A look at the news room staff shows a diversity in gender, race and sexual orientation, but a homogenous world view.

There were some wise words in the articles I wrote about. Despite my sardonic attitude toward Mr. Toor, he was quoted as saying, “There’s no free lunch. Every form of energy has impacts.” That is certainly wisdom to ponder for the folks in the Denver Post’s newsroom, maybe even generalize it into other areas. Perhaps Mr. Finley could take it to heart especially. Most of what he writes should probably be on the Op-Ed page.

A question to the Denver Post newsroom – Is there anyone in the newsroom that voted for Donald Trump or even Walker Stapleton? Or is there even anyone in the newsroom that knows someone that voted for either of the two? Perhaps in the interests of the First Amendment and a true free press, the Denver Post might begin to experiment with a real diversity in the newsroom.

3 Responses to “The Denver Post – Biased?”

  1. Katrina Lopez says:

    Bill… your insight inspires me every time i read your blog!

  2. Terry Todd says:

    Thank you for speaking the truth. Truth has never been harder to verify than it is now. The heart is deceitful, as we know from scripture, and no heart is more deceitful than the heart of “the enlightened media.”

  3. Rex Rinne says:

    At this moment I utter a simple prayer. “Thank you,Lord, that I do not live in Colorado.”

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