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Best Journalism of the Election Season by Local Reporters

Jason Salzman | Posted 11.01.2014 | Denver
Jason Salzman

In a time when everyone complains about the demise of local journalism, we saw some great stuff. Of course, there were epic lapses, but I'll get into those later, or perhaps at our (bipartisan) Nov. 11 panel discussion on media coverage of the 2014 election.

Journalists Revolt Against Gardner's Lie

Jason Salzman | Posted 10.16.2014 | Denver
Jason Salzman

We're seeing a full-scale revolt by journalists against senatorial candidate Cory Gardner's obnoxious denial of the simple fact that the Life at Conception Act, which he co-sponsored  last summer, is federal personhood legislation.

Colbert Skewers Gardner's Personhood Falsehood

Jason Salzman | Posted 10.14.2014 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Many local journalists have done the right thing, journalism-wise, in trying to hold Gardner accountable and to expose the brazen falsehoods that Gardner been repeating about the Life at Conception Act.

Bizarre Politics: Watch the Dodger Then Hear the Truth

Jason Salzman | Posted 10.09.2014 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Watch the video below of Republican senatorial candidate Cory Gardner telling three different reporters there's "no federal personhood bill" when, in fact, he's a co-sponsor if it.

Beauprez, Gardner, and the Personhood Mystery

Jason Salzman | Posted 10.06.2014 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Reporters looking for another source to counter senatorial candidate Cory Gardner's contention that "there is no federal personhood bill" can turn to Colorado's gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez, who cosponsored federal personhood legislation and, unlike Gardner, acknowledges that it exists!

Questions about Gardner's Personhood Hypocrisy

Jason Salzman | Posted 09.30.2014 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Fox 31 political reporter Eli Stokols tried hard last week to extract an explanation from senatorial candidate Cory Gardner for his decision to withd...

Clock Ticking on Gardner

Jason Salzman | Posted 11.17.2014 | Denver
Jason Salzman

It's a big week for Colorado senatorial candidate Cory Gardner, as the clock ticks down on his opportunity to withdraw his co-sponsorship from a federal personhood bill, which aims to ban all abortion, even for rape and incest.

Reporter Has No Luck Understanding Gardner Hypocrisy

Jason Salzman | Posted 11.08.2014 | Denver
Jason Salzman

One of the biggest mysteries of the current election season, consistently overlooked by Denver journalists, is why U.S. Senate candidate Cory Gardner...

Ban Abortion Everywhere Except Here?

Jason Salzman | Posted 08.30.2014 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez confirmed his continued support for a federal personhood law but said he doesn't support a state personhood amendment. The simple question reporters should ask both these candidates is, "What's the difference?" The simple fact is, there is no difference.

Republicans' Advice Lost on Republicans

Jason Salzman | Posted 06.28.2014 | Denver
Jason Salzman

After the last election, which saw Republican losses everywhere you turned, two well-known Republican operatives, Josh Penry and Rob Witwer, took to t...

Misleading Anti-Obamcare Ad Ends Up Promoting Truth about Obamacare

Jason Salzman | Posted 05.19.2014 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Sometimes a misleading political ad has the unintended consequence of creating a backlash of truthful information that runs counter to unsupported claims in the ad.

Rosen Joins Hands With Coffman and Puts Head in Sand on Global Warming

Jason Salzman | Posted 12.17.2013 | Denver
Jason Salzman

The Denver Post's Mike Rosen doesn't try to defend Rep. Coffman for being the climate-change denier that the ad accurately says he is. Instead, Rosen holds hands with Coffman and questions whether humans are causing climate change.

Denver TV Station's Partnership With Denver University Should Be National Model for Local TV Stations

Jason Salzman | Posted 07.17.2013 | Denver
Jason Salzman

"Their jobs didn't require source building, or other pieces of journalism that are more difficult. It was database work. And at the end, the experienced political journalist had to decide what to call the ad. Was it true? Exaggerated?"

Does GOP Gun Nuttiness in Colorado Portend the Upcoming Gun 'Debate' in Congress?

Jason Salzman | Posted 05.19.2013 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Lawmakers are in the home stretch of passing a set of gun safety bills. This new legislation wouldn't take a single gun away from a real-life, law-abiding person. Yet, by the reaction of some, you'd think the government was on the verge of confiscating every firearm in Colorado.

Biplane From Another Planet

Jason Salzman | Posted 05.07.2013 | Denver
Jason Salzman

You're feeling pretty good right now if you were one of the gun-rights activists who paid to have a biplane fly over the Colorado Capitol Monday carrying a banner: "Hick: Do Not Take our Guns."

Coors Was Against Abortion, Even for Rape and Incest, Before He Was for It

Jason Salzman | Posted 12.23.2012 | Denver
Jason Salzman

How did Joe Coors come around to endorsing (and donating to) the personhood amendment? And even if he's not supporting the personhood amendment this time, why has his abortion position, changed?

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.

The Medicare Scare Coming From a Political Candidate Near You

Jason Salzman | Posted 07.09.2012 | Denver
Jason Salzman

We'll be hearing a lot about Medicare this election season, and reporters should study up on some of the expected flashpoints, so they can challenge candidates who try to deceive us.