A great many, even among those who voted for Donald Trump, openly questioned his conservative bona fides during the 2016 campaign. Some of his most ardent supporters (see Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham) quickly migrated from being the self-appointed enforcers of “Principled Conservatism” within the Republican Party to an unqualified endorsement of the new “Trumpian Populism” to justify their support. Others weren’t so sure.
As we prepare to close out 2017, the mania over #FakeNews probably warrants a last hurrah before giving way to 2018’s hottest hashtags. Jason Salzman’s left-leaning media watchdog, The Big Media Blog, has released its “Colorado Fake News Awards 2017” as part of its campaign to call out those on the political right who use social media to share headlines that range from questionable to comical — as if they were gospel.
Salzman, a veteran antagonist of all things GOP, makes no secret of his partisan tilt and, fairly or otherwise, reserves his dubious distinctions for elected Republicans. State Sen. Ray Scott, of Grand Junction gets the “Crusader for a Fact-Free Colorado! Award”; the “Who the F*** Cares about the Facts? Award” is bestowed on House Minority Leader Patrick Neville of Castle Rock, and so forth.
Salzman’s choice of offenders notwithstanding — and whether or not they actually realized at least some of their posts lacked veracity — a lot of the content itself is almost worthy of the tabloid rack at your local supermarket:
Scott refused to remove from his Facebook page a fake news item titled, “WikiLeaks CONFIRMS Hillary Sold Weapons to ISIS…Then Drops Another BOMBSHELL! Breaking News.” He also refused to delete a tweet with this ridiculous (and fake) quote from Ronald Reagan about Trump: “For the life of me, and I’ll never know how to explain it, when I met that young man, I felt like I was the one shaking hands with a president.”
Fake is in the eye of the beholder, of course, and some of the content Salzman skewers is arguably more selective than fake. Here’s his criticism of posts on illegal immigration by Colorado Springs Republican state Rep. Dave Williams (for whom illegal-immigration-bashing has indeed become a hobby horse):
Phil Weiser, one of five Democrats running for attorney general, told supporters Wednesday to plan on helping him petition onto the primary ballot starting next month, but he also encouraged them to attend precinct caucuses and higher assemblies, potentially another route to the primary.
There are a few things that define Lew Gaiter III, the Larimer County commissioner running in the Republican primary for governor.
He’s a Christian and a cancer survivor. He’s a family man who built a business. After growing up in a family of prominent Colorado Democrats, he’s been a Republican since his college years. Until a couple of weeks ago, he was president of Colorado Counties Inc., and he only recently went off a national board of county commissioners.
U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn cheered word Friday that congressional Republicans had secured enough votes to pass a massive overhaul of the nation's tax laws that President Donald Trump has said he hopes to sign before the end of the year but that Democrats say favors corporations and the wealthy without much helping everyone else.
Mitt Romney's allies lashed out at former White House strategist Steve Bannon last week after he said at an Alabama rally that Romney and his family "hid behind" their Mormon religion to avoid military service.
Pueblo Republican Tamra Axworthy said Tuesday she's done contesting the legislative vacancy election won last month by Judy Reyher and probably won't challenge Reyher in a primary — even while charging Reyher was "selected under a cloud of suspicion" and ripping the former Otero County GOP chair for "embarrass[ing] our party with racially charged offensive remarks."
Maybe the Colorado Democrats should rename the party's big annual fundraising dinner after Donald Trump, since their enmity toward the Republican president could be the only thing that unites them. Or, if the party is looking to past presidents who didn't own slaves and are unsullied by sex scandals, how about honoring Grover Cleveland and Harry Truman instead of Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson, as one local pundit suggests?