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Jason Salzman
Jason Salzman is a Denver-based writer.

He’s a former media critic for the Rocky Mountain News (until it was shuttered in 2009) and he’s the author of three books: Making the News: A Guide for Activists and Nonprofits, 50 Ways You Can Show George the Door in 2004 (a failure of a book if there ever was one), and (with co-author Michael Huttner) 50 Ways You Can Help Obama Change America.

His articles have appeared in The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Christian Science Monitor, Chronicle of Philanthropy, Harvard Journal on Press/Politics, Huffington Post, Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, Nonprofit World, Shaman’s Drum, Sierra, Utne Reader and elsewhere.

He is co-founder of Effect Communications, a progressive PR firm.

For the past six years, he blogged about media and politics at

He’s married and has a 15-year-old son, Dylan, who seldom sleeps, and a nine-year-old daughter, Nell, who never stops. Contact him at

Entries by Jason Salzman

Republican Won't Win GOP Primary Votes by Being Pro-Choice

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2016 | 4:38 PM

A huge frustration of Personhood USA folks is the familiar pattern of Colorado Republicans building their political careers and winning primary elections with the help of hard-working anti-choice activists and then buckpedaling away from the "pro-life" loyalists once they face the frowns of general-election voters.

See, for example, Sen....

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Journalists Who Refuse To Take The Same Non-Answer For An Answer

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2016 | 3:16 PM

Journalists take a lot of hits these days, but we're all glad they're out there asking questions.

The final days of the Republican senatorial primary give us an opportunity to thank journalists for asking candidates a question multiple times when the question isn't answered.

This primary season, we added interviews...

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African American Addresses Republicans Whose Leader Compared Obama to Chimp

(185) Comments | Posted June 23, 2016 | 1:55 PM

Derrick Wilburn, founder of Rocky Mountain Black Conservatives delivered a keynote address Saturday at the annual Lincoln Day dinner of the Delta County Republican Party, whose leader, Linda Sorenson, found herself in the national spotlight this month for sharing a Facebook Post comparing Obama to a...

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Republican's Facebook Posts Refer to "Black Population" As "Hatred Filled Beings"

(0) Comments | Posted June 21, 2016 | 1:57 PM

Otero County Republican chair Judy Rydberg Reyher says there's no intended racism in her Facebook posts that appear to make sweeping unfavorable comments about African Americans, including, among other things, that African Americans are "hatred-filled beings"...

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Personal Injury Lawyer Throws Money At District Attorney Races

(0) Comments | Posted June 16, 2016 | 8:00 PM

If you like summer election mysteries, you'll enjoy pondering why personal injury attorney Frank Azar gave $50,000 to a committee backing Denver District Attorney candidate Michael Carrigan.

The Colorado Independent's Marrianne Goodland first reported the donation last month, but Azar, whose ads are a well-known blight on TV, wouldn't tell...

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Ask Old People if Medicaid Is Really an "Entitlement Black Hole"

(0) Comments | Posted June 14, 2016 | 2:45 PM

Colorado State Sen. Laura Woods suggested in a radio interview last month that state Republicans wanted Gov. John Hickenlooper to cut health-care for children, elderly, the disabled, and other poor people in exchange for the allowing the state to spend $370 million in TABOR rebates on roads, schools, and...

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Tancredo Trashes Diversity after Orlando Shooting

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2016 | 12:35 PM

After the Paris shooting last year, former GOP Congressman Tom Tancredo posted a Facebook image with the words "Celebrating massacre at a time...Coming soon to a concert hall near you."

Tancredo posted the meme below on Facebook late last night. It's similar, with the same "Celebrating...

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Why A "Pro-Life Realist" Backs Abortion Rights

(0) Comments | Posted June 12, 2016 | 1:54 PM

Conservative operative Laura Carno is out with a new book with the ridiculous title of, "Government Ruins Nearly Everything."

But the subtitle should keep you from burning the book: "Reclaiming Social Issues from Uncivil Servants."

If you ignore the "uncivil" part, you can look inside the 138-page volume...

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TrumpWatch: Reporters Doing the Right Thing to Press Colorado Republicans on Trump

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2016 | 3:28 PM

It was good to see 9News' Brandon Rittiman and Kyle Clark press Republican U.S. Senate candidates this week about Trump's racist comment that a Hispanic judge won't give Trump a fair shake in court. And also, asking the candidates if...

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Republican Posts Bigotry on Facebook for Discussion

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2016 | 3:18 PM

Adams County Republican Party Vice Chair John Sampson does not believe that a Muslim judge, who chose to take her oath of office with her hand on a Quran, will use Sharia law as the basis of her legal decisions, even though an email shared by Sampson on Facebook made...

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A High-Stakes Test of Trump's Impact in Colorado

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2016 | 3:25 PM

Depending on where you're coming from, one of the most interesting, important, scary, fun, inspiring, or depressing questions about Trump's triumph among Republicans is, how will he impact down-ticket races?

Here in Colorado, no down-ticket seat is more important than that of State Sen. Laura Woods, the Republican from Westminster....

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Republican Leader Says Colorado GOP Candidate Has 'Ticket on the Titanic'

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2016 | 10:53 AM

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell waded into Colorado politics Saturday, telling KNUS 710's Craig Silverman that to accept the endorsement of the Senate Conservative Fund (SCF) is like having a "ticket on the Titanic"

So, since Colorado Republican U.S. Senate candidate Darryl Glenn has accepted the SCF endorsement, McConnell...

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Bigotry Against Muslims Also Appear on Republican's Facebook Page

(0) Comments | Posted June 7, 2016 | 2:46 PM

Delta County Republican Chair Linda Sorenson is under fire for sharing a Facebook post comparing Obama to a Chimp, as well as other posts in the same racist vein, including one in support of the Confederate flag.

She issued an apology for her insensitivity...

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Racial-Sensitivity Training Promised After Republican Apologizes for Being 'Insensitive' in Comparing Obama to a Chimp

(15) Comments | Posted June 7, 2016 | 2:29 PM

In the wake of a meeting yesterday with Delta Country Republican Chair Linda Sorenson, who shared a Facebook meme comparing Obama to a Chimp, Colorado GOP Chairman Steve House promised racial-sensitivity training for party leaders, but he...

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Will Republicans Ask GOP Official to Resign for Comparing Obama to a Chimp?

(0) Comments | Posted June 4, 2016 | 1:02 PM

Multiple Republican leaders in Colorado have condemed Delta County GOP Chair Linda Sorenson for sharing a Facebook meme comparing Obama to a Chimpanzee, but they've stopped short of asking her to resign, according to reports in the Grand Junction Sentinel and Colorado Statesman.


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Racism That's Too Ugly to Publish?

(0) Comments | Posted June 3, 2016 | 1:09 PM

The Grand Junction Sentinel is defending its decision to publish a Facebook post, shared by Delta County Republican Chair Linda Sorenson, comparing Obama to a Chimpanzee:

 ...we've received several letters scolding us, in essence, for...

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Did a Hacker Really Post a Facebook Meme Comparing Obama to a Chimp?

(0) Comments | Posted June 2, 2016 | 1:03 PM

Delta County (Colorado) GOP chair Linda Sorenson, who's been the focus of national media attention after sharing a racist Facebook meme comparing Obama to a Chimpanzee, has apparently shared or "liked" material in the same vein in the past, including Facebook posts in support of the...

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Republicans Say Blogger Can't Be Guest at National Convention

(1) Comments | Posted May 27, 2016 | 11:35 AM

Colorado Republican Party Chair Steve House has booted Republican activist and blogger Kathryn Porter from the group of Colorado Republicans who are going to the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Cleveland July 18 because House thinks her blogging poses a "risk" to the Colorado delegation.

Porter, whose work...

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Republican Official: "I Really Don't Care if People Are Offended by It"

(0) Comments | Posted May 25, 2016 | 3:13 PM

Delta County Republican Chair Linda Sorenson shared an image on her Facebook page last week depicting Ronald Reagan nursing a chimpanzee. The photo is sandwiched by the phrase, "I'll be damned... Reagan used to babysit Obama."

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State Senator: Ignore Obama Guidelines on Transgender Student Discrimination

(0) Comments | Posted May 24, 2016 | 5:39 PM

Colorado State Sen. Laura Woods wrote on Facebook Sunday that the state should ignore President Obama's mandate that public schools allow students to use the bathroom corresponding the gender they identify with.

But ignoring the federal rule, as advocated by Woods, would apparently run counter to Colorado law, which, since...

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