The days when journalists wouldn’t respond to officials who insult them, lie about them, degrade them, or otherwise slam their professionalism are fading.
Case in point: Republican U.S. Senate candidate Darryll Glenn’s ridiculous attacks on The Denver Post.
Glenn said last week he would no longer talk to The Post, explaining on KFKA radio that the newspaper had called him a “liar” and journalists there had become “advocates,” which he finds “totally unacceptable.”
Rather than ignore the unsupportable attack, The Post’s Joey Bunch responded on Twitter:
Bunch: I applied facts to his words until he, not I, said his words were not correct.” [here]
The Post’s John Frank then reported over the weekend:
Glenn did not explain why he is blacklisting Colorado’s largest newspaper, but in an interview Thursday with KFKA talk radio, he appeared to link his decision to the Post’s coverage of his conflicting explanations of a 1983 charge for third-degree assault, which was later dropped…
The coverage of the incident did not call him “a liar.” A campaign spokeswoman did not immediately respond to questions Friday…
Glenn’s decision — which drew criticism from Republicans and Democrats — and other missteps are disturbing to GOP strategists in Colorado, but many still hope he can regain his footing.
The correction of Glenn is good, but I’d like to see journalist call out officials whenever they attack the press, even if they do so in sweeping terms, like leveling bogus accusations of “liberal media bias.”
Glenn also appears to have had a Mike-Coffman moment, when he repeated the same line over and over. Local reporters have been good at spotlighting this behavior. (See this video.)
“My press secretary back there will handle all Denver Post questions,” Glenn told Frank four times when questioned.