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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.

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 12.16.2014 | 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.

Fact Check: Gardner Opposes Dream Act and Blocked Immigration Reform

Jason Salzman | Posted 12.15.2014 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Colorado senatorial candidate Rep. Cory Gardner continues to misrepresent his record on immigration, and reporters have failed to call him out on it. ...

Bizarre Politics: Watch the Dodger Then Hear the Truth

Jason Salzman | Posted 12.09.2014 | 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.

Questions about Gardner's Personhood Hypocrisy

Jason Salzman | Posted 11.30.2014 | 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...

Personhood to Personhood Combat in Fox 31 Interview

Jason Salzman | Posted 11.29.2014 | Denver
Jason Salzman

In an explosive interview broadcast Sunday, Republican senatorial candidate Cory Gardner told Fox 31 Denver's Eli Stokols four times that a federal "personhood" bill does not exist, even though Gardner cosponsored such a bill just last year.

In Teaser for Sunday Show, Stokols Presses Gardner for Explanation of Personhood Hypocrisy

Jason Salzman | Posted 11.27.2014 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Fox 31 Denver is teasing interview with Cory Gardner to be broadcast at 9 a.m. Sunday on reporter Eli Stokols' "#COPolitics from the Source."

Dreamers Left Spinning in Coffman's Immigration Dance

Jason Salzman | Posted 11.03.2014 | Denver
Jason Salzman

In interviews aired over the weekend, Fox 31 Denver's Eli Stokols tried hard to clarify Rep. Mike Coffman's squirrelly positions on immigration reform...

Ryan's Radio Love for Gardner Regurgitates Trouble for Republicans

Jason Salzman | Posted 10.31.2014 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Rep. Paul Ryan was in town last week, and he did a round of interviews on talk radio shows, hoping to find an audience hungry for his new book, which essentially explains how the Tea Party can grab actual control of things.

How Coffman's Obstructionism in Congress Has Hurt Vets

Jason Salzman | Posted 08.05.2014 | Denver
Jason Salzman

In responding to media reports, led by the Aurora Sentinel, that he voted against funds to reduce delays at Veterans Administration hospitals, Rep. Mi...

Unveiling the Hypocrisy in Latest Coffman Attack Ad

Jason Salzman | Posted 08.03.2014 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Fox 31 Denver's Eli Stokols reported yesterday that Rep. Mike Coffman has launched a web ad attacking his Democratic opponent, Andrew Romanoff, for su...

Food Market Is Unusual Setting New Political TV Show

Jason Salzman | Posted 07.30.2014 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Local TV public affairs shows are usually shot deep inside TV stations, where the light of day and the reality of everyday life can be hard to find. Fox 31 Denver's Eli Stokols has dispensed of this problem by staging his new public affairs TV program at The Source, which is a collection of restaurants and food markets with a fresh and local thread.

Reporters Shouldn't Tolerate Coffman's Immigration Platitudes Anymore

Jason Salzman | Posted 07.20.2014 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Fox 31 Denver's Eli Stokols reported this morning that Rep. Mike Coffman will stage a press conference today calling on his Republican colleagues in t...

Fairness and Balance, "Butt-Boy" Style!

Jason Salzman | Posted 04.20.2014 | Denver
Jason Salzman

State Sen. Bernie Herpin (R-Colorado Springs) surprised me last week when he thanked right-wing talk-radio host Peter Boyles for being "fair and balan...

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.

Don't Miss Fox 31 Denver's Series on Obamacare

Jason Salzman | Posted 12.02.2013 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Proving again why he's become the face of political journalism in Colorado, Fox 31 Denver's Eli Stokols has produced, with Thomas Hendrick, a week-long series, called "Prescription for Change," that beautifully illuminates the myths, pitfalls and benefits of Obamacare.

Republican's Tent Still Too Small for Undocumented Students

Jason Salzman | Posted 07.09.2013 | Denver
Jason Salzman

You'd think Gardner would get on board with Colorado's ASSET law, which allows colleges to offer these so-called "Dreamers" the normal in-state tuition rate.

Why Hispanics and Female Humans Flee From Republicans

Jason Salzman | Posted 03.16.2013 | Denver
Jason Salzman

It's hard to find anything about Rep. Cory Gardner's record that supports Fox 31 reporter Eli Stokols' claim that Gardner is leading the charge on immigration to "addresses questions of border security and citizenship without alienating Hispanics."

The Painful Republican Road From Nasty to Nice

Jason Salzman | Posted 01.28.2013 | Denver
Jason Salzman

The tone of the Greeley radio show with Devon Lentz and Tom Lucero changed just after the election when Lentz and Lucero talked to Michael Barrera of the conservative Libre Initiative, which is advocating that Republicans be nicer to Hispanics.

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.

A List of the Best Political Reporting in Colorado This Election Season

Jason Salzman | Posted 12.15.2012 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Compared to the 2010 election in Colorado, this one has been mostly a snoozer, journalistically. Still, reporters have turned out some excellent work this time around, and I've listed my favorite reporting below.

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.

In Colorado, Romney Says He's Flip Flopped Only Once!

Jason Salzman | Posted 07.11.2012 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Reporters shouldn't let Romney get away with saying he's a one-time flipper.