Westword, Statesman aren’t Schmucks; pick up extreme GOP comments

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I blogged March 14 about how bizarre it was that, apparently, no news outlets had picked up on ColoradoPols video of Colorado Republicans (Tim Neville) comparing Hitler  to Obama, (Ted Harvey) saying a mandate for health insurance coverage of contraception leads to “genocide,” (Ken Lambert) saying such a policy is “mind control,” and (Scott Renfroe) saying the policy could lead to a government takeover of the church.

Oh, I forgot to note that all of those Republicans are elected members of the Colorado Senate, making them impossible to ignore from a public-interest, journalistic point of view–kind of like Tom Tancredo running for President.

I uploaded my piece prior to the publication date of the Colorado Statesman, which reported the GOP comments March 16.

The Statesman also offered remarks by Sen. Greg Brophy, who seems to be a quote machine for thoughts harkening back to the 1950s.

Last week Brophy tweeted:

Ms. Fluke, I don’t want to buy your booze, pay for your spring break or your birth control. Call your Dad for that.”

Then the Statesman reported:

Brophy told The Colorado Statesman that before he sent his Twitter update, he knew the comment would likely spark animosity and criticism, but he said he felt it was necessary to send a strong message since he only had 140 characters to do so, as is the limit with the Twitter technology

“When you’re limited by 140 characters, either you make a point, or you don’t make a point… The discussion is over whether it’s appropriate to hand out birth control to 18-year-old coeds on campus… I don’t think it sells the college experience to mom and dad looking to send their kid to that school,” said Brophy.

Brophy doesn’t mention Hitler, as you can see, which might explain why he didn’t get “Schmuck of the Week” honors from Westword’s Patricia Calhoun, though you might think he deserves it.

Sen. Tim Neville got the Schmuck award for his deeply analytical Hitler comment.

Westword posted Pols’ video of Neville on its website, making it the only news outlet to do so. I’m tempted to call the Denver news media a bunch of Schmucks (with the exception of Westword and the Statesman), but I won’t.

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  1. davebarnesdavebarnes says:

    Brought to you by the Save the Apostrophe From Overuse Society.

  2. Libertad says:

    Both backed infanticide …. Obama = Hitler

    Sure it’s a crude and simple statement, but unfortunately it’s true.

    So you get a few politicos hopped up on the bible, Obamacare, free birth control for spring breakers Jesus, and $1 trillion in Obama ARRA slush funds that have never been accounted for and well you can imagine that a genius of a full on demonstration has been formed.

    Tonight you go to sleep knowing that hundreds of thousands of Coloradans will be waking up tomorrow and skipping on down to the Chursh of What’s Happening Now for a good old dose of religion.

  3. JeffcoBlueJeffcoBlue says:

    The Post wrote an editorial about Jim Kerr and “shut it,” but nothing about Neville and Nazis or the other videos Pols posted. I just don’t understand why they are ignoring this. It doesn’t make any sense. It’s like the Post knows the public will be outraged and they’re trying to keep these GOP Senators under the radar. Why the hell would they do that?

  4. ScottP says:

    Please tell me there’s some cool little Appointed-By-Vacancy-Committee rule that says I get to vote against Neville this year.

  5. nancycronk says:

    Westword has done all it can, using tons of money to justify allowing pimps to sell human beings on the “back pages”, some of whom have wound up dead, and many of whom have been proven to be underage. Their lawsuits continue. In the anti-human trafficking community, you can’t get any lower than Back Page and Village Voice.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03

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