Jon Caldara, libertarian activist and president of the Independence Institute, was among a group of Denver Post writers who last month offered up reasons why the paper has an important role to play in Colorado politics, writing that he didn’t want the newspaper to close.
But in a subsequent interview with KHOW 630-AM’s Ross Kaminsky, Caldara stated:
Caldara: “I’m not sad to see The Denver Post go, don’t get me wrong. I’m just saying that without The Denver Post […] we get hurt in the loss of a paper to go to, to say ‘hey this is a story you need to cover.’ I think that it would be worse for my movement, what I’ve dedicated my career to, which is limiting the size and scope of government. I think it would be detrimental to my mission, so let me be very self-centered here. This community needs a newspaper. Even one as liberal as The Denver Post.”
When asked about this seemingly contradictory statement, Caldara told the Colorado Times Recorder, “Let me put it this way. I’m never sad to see a liberal media source go away, if there is some media source left. If there’s no media source left, even a liberal paper like the Post is better than no paper.”
A proponent of limited government, Caldara argues in his opinion in The Denver Post that we have a better chance of slowing down government expansion “with a vibrant, even if liberal, paper in town.” This statement is in line with that of former Post editor Gregory L. Moore, who stated in his own opinion piece, “not everybody loves it, but everybody needs it – whether they know it or not.”
Caldera highlights this need by pointing out the unlikelihood that government transparency and conservative political gains will increase as the newspaper continues to shrink in size. The staff at The Post has been drastically cut in recent years, with the city population of close to 700,000 people now being covered by fewer than 70 journalists.
Those who disagreed with Caldara’s opinion in The Post via social media cite lack of balance in reporting as their main reason for refusing to support The Post, regardless of it being Denver’s only daily newspaper.
Those who agree with Caldara feel these opinions do not consider the rise in cutbacks that have been taking away the Post’s resources for the past several years, limiting the amount of time that can be allocated to government scrutiny.