My colleagues and I, in reporting about the phenomenon of fake news on social media, have highlighted the propensity of partisan publications to use false or misleading headlines as a propaganda tactic.
tales from the fever swamp
Joshua Hosler is a candidate for GOP Vice-Chair of El Paso County. In a Facebook post Sunday, he detailed how he walked out of his church when his priest read a bible verse relating to refugees. Although he doesn’t specify which verses the priest read, it is likely this one, which is fairly unequivocal:
Although this column is used to point out the crazy things emanating from the Fever Swamps™, I also want to encourage reasonable behavior that I see from a handful of Colorado conservatives. I respect conservatives who have principles that don’t change depending on who wields power, so when I come across this type of post, I will do my best to relay it. A tip of my cap to Isaiah Hess, who’s a member of the executive committee of Colorado’s Republican Party.
State Sen. Vicki Marble (R-Ft. Collins) is no stranger to racial controversy. She came under fire in 2013 when she reinforced the stereotype of African Americans eating fried chicken as a reason that many of them live in poverty. In the same rant, she proclaimed that Mexican Americans eat vegetables until they move to the United States, despite the fact that Mexico has a higher rate of obesity than the United States.
With rumors that Derrick Wilburn may take a run at State Chair of the Colorado GOP, I thought it might be useful to take a look at the type of things he believes. In this instance, he posted his thoughts about liberalism and parlayed them into a chance to launch a sideways attack on one of the most vulnerable groups of people in our society—transgender citizens.
The Colorado Senate GOP spokesperson Sean Paige is known to have a penchant for stretching the truth. That’s something that comes with being a rigid ideologue and a hyper-partisan, but when I read post below, I guffawed at the brazen nature of it. No new homes are being built? Really?
Four people kidnap and torture a man. They’re caught and charged with crimes that will likely keep them in prison for life. For the GOP, this is proof that Obama and Black Lives Matter are racist and responsible for the crimes.
With all the stories about “fake news” in the election, you would think someone like Casper Stockham (R-Colorado), Dianna Degette’s (D-Colorado) opponent in the recent Colorado CD1 election, would be reluctant to post fake news on his Facebook page.
First things first. I have to credit Colorado State House Republican Justin Everett for being willing to defend his views on twitter. I’ve been blocked by dozens of Republican lawmakers for simply arguing against their positions, even when I’ve done so in a polite and respectful way.
U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colorado) seems to admit that there is no actual GOP “replacement” for the Affordable Care Act, despite the fact that he seems to be in a great hurry to repeal it.