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Joey BunchJoey BunchMarch 4, 20186min280
Cynthia Coffman — nor her staff — want to talk about abortion. Three months into her run for governor, Colorado’s Republican attorney general still isn’t clarifying where she stands on the divisive issue that’s a pretty big deal to a lot of bedrock conservatives in Colorado — at least some of whom she would need […]

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Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirJanuary 29, 201817min333

Let conservatives go ahead and wave off his brand of journalism as slanted and partisan if they so choose; Jason Salzman readily owns up to his leftward leanings — but he'll tell you facts are facts. The onetime Rocky Mountain News media critic turned progressive blogger, who gamely takes on Colorado's right-of-center political pantheon, says his bias doesn't stand in the way of his journalistic standards. Which is why, as he notes in today's Q&A, he goes after pols, typically on the right, when he feels they're trading in fake news. It's also why he calls out newsfolk (I've been among them) if he thinks they fall short of their mark.


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Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirJanuary 4, 20182min423

…Probably not; Dem-lovin’ Colorado Pols took a shot Wednesday at relentlessly Republican Colorado Peak Politics, but as of late in the day, Peak still wasn’t paying Pols no never mind over the barb and seemed preoccupied with other political fodder. Rats.

At any rate, here’s the better part of Pols’ post by media monitor Jason Salzman:

If you think that liking conservative talk radio and hating U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner are mutually exclusive, you would be wrong.

KNUS 710-AM co-hosts Julie Hayden and Chuck Bonniwell couldn’t have proven the point more clearly than they did last month in a segment titled, “Why We Hate Cory Gardner and Think You Should too.”

And in doing so, Bonniwell said something you don’t often hear from the mouths of righties: ColoradoPols is a much better blog than the conservative Colorado Peak Politics, which describes itself as “Colorado’s Conservative Bully Pulpit.”

Calling Pols “incredibly snarky, unfair, and everything else,” Bonniwell nonetheless said Pols is “kind of fun” and interesting reading, even though it’s a “left-wing” site.

Added Salzman:

Referring to Peak Politics, Bonniwell said, “You might as well read press releases and fall asleep, unfortunately.”

I wouldn’t even go that far, but yes, between Pols and Peak Politics, there’s objectively no contest.

 

 



Joey BunchJoey BunchDecember 23, 201711min434


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Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirDecember 22, 20175min604
Snopes.com concluded the above collage — a staple of Facebook news feeds — was doctored. (Facebook.com via Snopes.com)

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):

… you’d think they were responsible for 83 percent of crimes committed on American soil if you only got your news from the Facebook timeline of state Rep. Dave Williams (R-Colo. Springs). … Williams’ vastly disproportionate focus on immigrant crime deceives his Facebook followers into believing that undocumented immigrants are dangerous, when in reality, they’re more likely to be law-abiding citizens, and may actually cause crime to decline in their communities.

Unrepresentative, maybe, but is it untrue? The specific crime stories Williams chooses to post may well be accurate.

Meanwhile, here’s another question: Does this kind of stuff really have the potential to sway anyone beyond the most marginal voters?

Or, is it no more detrimental to democracy than, say, news of space aliens abducting the Olsen twins?

Come to think of it, we haven’t heard from them in a while.

 

This one wasn’t fodder for The Big Media Blog’s “Colorado Fake News Awards 2017,” but it merits an honorable mention in our book. For the record, Hillary Clinton never met Osama bin Laden. As far as we know. (Facebook.com)

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Joey BunchJoey BunchDecember 11, 20179min544
James O’Keefe fancies himself a guerrilla journalist, but the conservative provocateur was stung by his own fake news again recently when he tried to sting the Washington Post with clumsy spy-kid tactics. The Post easily sniffed out a woman who falsely alleged U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore impregnated her in Alabama when she was a […]

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Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirJune 21, 20172min193

Ken Buck and talk radio go together like peanut butter and jelly. And just about anytime the conservative Republican U.S. rep from Colorado’s 4th Congressional District turns up on the airwaves, it’s also likely to turn up on the radar of left-ish media watchdog and political blogger Jason Salzman.

That’s how we learned of a shot Buck took at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce — theoretically, a redoubt of pro-business Republicans like the congressman — in an interview on Denver’s KNUS 710-AM radio the other day. Salzman, writing for Colorado Pols about “(t)he schism between business groups and some members of the Republican Party in Colorado,” recaps Buck’s on-air remarks while he was promoting his new book, “Drain the Swamp,” to radio host Chuck Bonniwell:

“They are one of the big problems in Washington DC,” replied Buck. “They affirmatively go after conservatives. Tim Huelskamp lost his seat in the western district of Kansas because of the U.S. Chamber targeting Tim as a conservative, and defeating him. They play, and they play very hard. We have some groups on the right, like Club for Growth, that also target folks. But, you know, the Chamber is a corporate cronyist organization that promotes corporate interests at the expense of conservative values. There are a lot of stories to tell about the swamp, and if I didn’t mention the Chamber, they certainly deserve to be mentioned.”

 



Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirMay 19, 20173min253

Without peeking at that folded-up front page of the New York Times that’s working its way down your pile of backlogged must-reads on the corner of your desk, could you say with certainty just what Donald Trump is supposed to have done in his dealings with the Russians that may have broken the law?

Perhaps you can but — true confessions — we’d have to check the Times.

And so it goes with political controversies for a lot of us rank-and-file voters, going all the way back to the scandals of the Johnson administration — Andrew, not Lyndon. The details are fuzzy. (Quick: Do you remember why Bill Clinton was impeached? You do remember he was impeached, don’t you?)

Maybe, in a roundabout way, that’s what Colorado’s 4th Congressional District U.S. Rep. Ken Buck was getting at with his remark on KOA-AM radio the other day that the media are “inventing this Russia story” about Trump.

In other words, not that the Greeley Republican believes there’s no truth to the allegations — he has in fact said otherwise, allowing that evidence could turn up — but rather that a lot of people aren’t sure what the allegations are in the first place. So, to them, it all seems ginned up. And Buck was channeling that.

Then again, maybe he was just calling us media types a bunch of liars.

In a post this week on ColoradoPols, political blogger and pundit Jason Salzman seems to think it’s the latter. That it’s another case of right-wing pols and their talk-radio fan base shooting the messenger and resurrecting the bogeyman of liberal media bias.

Salzman also dissects some other recent talk-radio banter on the subject. Read his full post linked above on Pols or via Salzman’s own Big Media Blog.