Jewell: Running off reporters a misunderstanding

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Given the recurring disconnect between the Daily Sentinel’s editorials and its news reports, and the failure of the Sentinel to report news of obvious local interest, it’s time for its publisher to reexamine the Sentinel’s commitment to genuine journalistic integrity.

Thus, on January 22, 2014, the Sentinel’s editorial—“Trust compromised by feds’ arrogance”—“boot-strapped” from an unfortunate incident at a “public” meeting in Craig involving Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell to gratuitously connect that gaffe to the familiar litany of bogus right-wing “scandals”:  the “Fast and Furious” gun tracking effort that President Obama inherited from his predecessor, the Benghazi tragedy (about which both the New York Times and the Senate Intelligence Committee report concluded that the administration was entirely forthcoming, within the constraints of National Security directives), NSA spying (an artifact of legitimate post-9/11national security concerns) enrollment details for Obamacare (still on-going), and press access to the President (when everything he says or proposes becomes fodder for the right-wing propaganda machine).

Meanwhile, the Sentinel makes no comment about the obnoxious behavior of right-wing
Congressmen before, during, and particularly after the President’s State of the Union address Tuesday.

Moreover, as Gary Harmon reported today—“Jewell:  Running off reporters a misunderstanding” – there was little hint of “arrogance” in the inappropriate exclusion of the press from the “public meeeting” in Craig, but the Sentinel has not yet issued a “never mind” retraction (ala Rosanna Rosannadanna).

Likewise today, the Sentinel published the AP’s article - “Farm bill includes payments to counties”—but Harmon (Congressman Scott Tipton’s usual “pipeline to the public” through the Sentinel) did not report that Tipton failed to vote at all on that bill or report Tipton’s (perhaps reasonable) explanation for his absence.

Surely, the Sentinel can do better than this in serving its loyal readership!

Perhaps Mr. Hugenberg would be happier reading the Boulder Newspaper and/or the Denver Post.  The editorials would certainly be slanted more in his direction.  I believe the Sentinel does a superb job of being as fair and balanced as they can in a world of elitist spin.

Apparently, Ms. Dry prefers to remain uninformed as to why our Congressman did not vote for the Farm Bill and thereby support the interests of local farmers and food stamp recipients among his constituency—because it is easier to disparage those who prefer not to remain so ignorant as being “elitist”.


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