Printed letters, July 23, 2010

Media bias is evident in Quayle, Obama cases

Many thanks to Dennis Herzog for the most enjoyable laugh I had after reading his column. This incredulous laugh was the result of reading his sentence, “I’m going to posit that the left-leaning media bias is so much bunk.” It must be that spending so much time with the biased left has dulled his senses. Otherwise he wouldn’t make such a claim.

While there are multitudes of examples of left-leaning bias occurring daily in the media, the best evidence I use to prove it is the following, which has worked the five or six times I have used it to prove journalistic bias:

Just ask anyone what gaffe Dan Quayle is famous for. They’ll immediately tell you he can’t spell potato correctly. Then ask them what word Barack Obama can’t pronounce? I guarantee you, you’ll get a blank look. Our commander in chief cannot correctly pronounce corpsman. On several occasions, speaking to the public, he has said “corpse man” instead of “core man.”

Herzog says that journalists are not biased but after “good stories.” Apparently when a Republican can’t spell, it’s a good story, but when a Democrat mispronounces a word, that’s not.

Well folks, that’s bias. It’s bias that is so blatant people can remember something that happened 20 years ago and yet are unaware of an equally egregious mistake that occurred this past January or February. It’s bias that is on display daily and the ones who will not acknowledge it are all journalists.

However, consumers of their product are the ones fully aware of the left-leaning bias. It is why talk radio has become so prevalent. At least those on talk radio admit they’re biased.

So Dennis, keep the whoppers coming as laughter is great medicine.

RICK L. COLEMAN

Grand Junction

News media have belittled Dan Maes

Dan Maes won the majority of delegates in the Republican Party State Assembly. That assembly consisted of more delegates, and more new delegates than had never participated in any other state assembly.

The news media overall has belittled Maes and, as a non-politician himself, he and his staff have made some small paperwork errors, totally free of any intent or for selfish gain.

I, like most Coloradans, have accepted that the national media has an anti-conservative agenda. But with local media, I believe we all expect higher and more fair standards in covering our issues and news. Coloradans can decide for themselves what is right and wrong, whether socialism or capitalism is better, and we do not want the media involved in the decision, only the facts.

We want both parties covered equally, and fairly. The candidates may be too numerous at times, but after the caucus and state assemblies they are thinned down to a reasonable number and people want and need fair, impartial information about the candidates.

The free press — a right granted by God, not government — has a responsibility to the people for that right. I am not a journalist and I have a bias just like every American. Convince me of alternatives with fair facts, not untruths, omissions and having only part of the truth being misrepresented as the whole truth.

The press owes nothing to government, political parties or unions. You provide both facts and points of view to the public. Just make sure to separate the two when they are printed.

When news is biased, the reader doesn’t always know that important facts were left out, incomplete truths were included, or whether the writer has a known or unknown bias.

We, the people, have been too lazy to search out the truth at times, and too trusting in our news sources as being truthful. But locally, we expect our neighbors to be a little more honest.

DANIEL DAVIS La Junta

Penry must step up, McInnis step aside

Josh Penry, it is time for you to stand up and take control of the GOP. You are the man for the job.

Scott McInnis, it is time for you to step aside. You are a good man, but you made a huge mistake and your credibility has been impugned.

JOE CERNIUS

Grand Junction

Congress pushing tax that will harm gas industry

Colorado’s Western Slope houses some of the largest reserves of natural gas in the nation, which provides thousands of jobs to Western Slope residents. Unfortunately, this prosperity is in peril as Congress is proposing an $80 billion additional tax on the oil and gas industry.

A tax of this size will serve only to compromise Colorado’s, and indeed, our nation’s, energy security as higher taxes would lead to less, not more, domestic oil production, fewer jobs and smaller retirement benefits.

In a time when our economy is just getting back on its feet, Congress is trying to impose a tax that would eliminate hundreds, if not thousands, of jobs in western Colorado alone.

What are they thinking over there in Washington?

CHAD MCCUNE

Grand Junction



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