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.
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.
Channel 4 hit the mark:"The ad says women, a key voting bloc, should be troubled by Mitt Romney's position on abortion. And they should, because it's changed so many times. Mitt Romney brought this one on himself."
When Channel 4's Shaun Boyd sits down to fact check a political ad, for her station's "Reality Check" feature, the first thing she does is ask for documentation from the people that produced it. She gets criticism from all sides.
Should journalists decline interviews if questions are banned? Did Channel 4 do the right thing by interviewing Romney anyway? Or should it have said, sorry, we won't do an interview if sensitive questions are banned?
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.
I can think of a couple reasons why Mitt Romney chose to take questions from local TV reporters and KOA radio hosts yesterday, while blowing off "print" journalists in Denver. But if Team Romney expected softballs, they got it wrong.