Writers love to add stuff after they’re done writing something, but usually they tweak rather than blow up their work with a completely new idea.
But Colorado Springs Gazette dropped a last-minute bomb in an editorial yesterday.
The piece argued that Democratic candidate for governor Jared Polis’ ties to the KKK run deeper than Republican Walker Stapleton’s, even though Stapleton’s great-grandfather was a leader of the KKK in Colorado. And Stapleton has refused to denounce the KKK or his family ties to it, while instead praising his great-grandfather in campaign ads.
And Polis has no ties to the KKK.
Westword’s Chris Walker noticed that the original version of the Gazette’s editorial didn’t have the closing line that Polis is the “candidate our established, left-wing media hope to elect.” This was added later.
So it was an afterthought!
You’d think news like this would be the headline of the editorial (with lots of supporting evidence). Something like, COLORADO MEDIA IN THE TANK FOR THE LEFT.
But the Gazette, which is owned by Republican mega-donor Phil Anschutz, provided no evidence for the assertion.
And the election of Republican Sen. Cory Gardner, with The Denver Post’s endorsement in 2014, would tend to make you think otherwise about any liberal leanings of the media in Colorado.