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Journalists Discuss Difficulty in Breaking Candidates From Scripted Lines

Jason Salzman | Posted 11.13.2014 | Denver
Jason Salzman

I thought local journalists could have at least tried to break the campaign script more often during the last election. And even if they didn't break it completely, they could have spotlighted candidates' manipulative or repetitive talking points more clearly for voters.

It's the Media's Fault! Or Is It?

Jason Salzman | Posted 11.09.2014 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Here's a chance to talk back to the media directly. On Tuesday, a panel of top local journalists will discuss the highs and lows of media coverage of the 2014 election--and take questions from the audience.

Denver Post Scrubs Abortion Story From Its Website

Jason Salzman | Posted 06.17.2014 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Obviously, Plunkett didn't rob Kurtis Lee of a Pulitzer by deleting his blog post from The Post's website. It wasn't an earth-shattering piece, but it advanced, in its small way, an issue that's important to a lot of real people as well as political elites.

Fewer Political Reporters at Denver Post Points to Decline in Colorado Journalism

Jason Salzman | Posted 04.23.2014 | Denver
Jason Salzman

You hear complaints about The Denver Post's reduced coverage of politics, but the newspaper still has more political reporters than any other news out...

For Our Sake, Journalists Should Fight Each Other More Often

Jason Salzman | Posted 01.25.2014 | Denver
Jason Salzman

If a journalist is debating a reader about a fact, let's hear from other journalists. If that's not in the public interest, what is? Not just on Twitter, but also in comment boards.

Stop Screaming at Your Television

Jason Salzman | Posted 01.07.2013 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Rather than scream at your television, whether you won or lost Tuesday, come down to the Denver's Independence Institute Friday morning to level your media critiques directly at those responsible: journalists themselves.

Checking the Facts in Political Ads

Jason Salzman | Posted 10.27.2012 | Denver
Jason Salzman

With an expanding sea of misinformation coming at us, the effort to shed nonpartisan light on political advertising is worth it. And the earlier the TV stations get started at it, like CBS4 did this election season, the better.

How About a "Howard Beale Index" for Hiding Politicians?

Jason Salzman | Posted 04.11.2012 | Denver
Jason Salzman

The line between the news and how it's made isn't so clear. In the case of Romney ignoring Denver journalists, the two are one and the same. It's a news story that Romney is ignoring the press in favor of conservative talk-radio hosts.

Not Quite Going "All Howard Beale," But Reporter Slams "Silent Treatment" By Romney

Jason Salzman | Posted 04.09.2012 | Denver
Jason Salzman

When political candidates like Mitt Romney slide into Colorado, take questions from friendly talk-show hosts, and slide away, journalists should call them out on it.

Channel 4 Takes High Road and Doesn't Air Any Hancock-Prostitute Stories

Jason Salzman | Posted 08.24.2011 | Denver
Jason Salzman

So far, no credible evidence has emerged proving that Michael Hancock was a client of a prostitution outfit. Marching to the tune of journalistic integrity, Denver's Channel 4 has yet to air a story about it.

Post Should Call on Moonlighters Like Stapleton to Follow Hick's Lead on Cellphone Use

Jason Salzman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Jason Salzman

John Hickenlooper told a conservative journalist that he'll use two cellphones, one for conducting the people's business and another for personal and campaign work. Other state officials should now follow Hick's lead.

The Coming Generational Storm: Baby Boomers Enraged at Entitlement Critics?

Brent Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Brent Green

Generational accountants are modern-day soothsayers. Their science is an art, and they do not command mathematical certainty with the same engineering precision as a ship designer.

Spot on Balance: The Need for Left-Leaning Opinion on the Denver Post's Spot Blog

Jason Salzman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Jason Salzman

By sponsoring a blog that tilts rightward, particularly in a Senate race that has huge national implications, the Post isn't doing itself or us any favors.

Why Does the Predictable Ad Game Fascinate Journalists So Much?

Jason Salzman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Accusing one side's ads of being insulting, as if the other side's aren't, misleads voters into thinking the ads matter more than the issues at hand.

Journalists Implicity Downplay Extreme Political Positions by Labeling Them "Personal"

Jason Salzman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Buck's ideological religious faith shouldn't give journalists the right to put his abortion views in a separate "personal" category.

More From Bill Menezes on the State of Colorado Journalism

Jason Salzman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Bill is a former reporter and editor for local and national news media and former editorial director of Colorado Media Matters.