Fake News, Worthless Reporting: What is the Difference?

Goodbye Colorado Statesman. Hello Fake News!

Fake News

Fake News. It’s all in the news lately.

Readers can hardly trust what they read and they are becoming evermore aware of “reporters” who shove manure their way. What’s worse: making up stories to make a point or twisting news to make the same point?

Readers are running out of reliable news sources.

Take the June merger of the Colorado Statesman with Colorado Politics. The Statesman has been around for decades reporting on the details of sausage-making at the Capitol and makes no apologies from writing “pure left” or “pure right” articles. But the effort was mostly to fill the paper with an even mix of both in order to attract the most readers.

Colorado Politics is a new blog creation from the Colorado Springs Gazette which tried to get into state politics with writers formally from the Denver Post and the Gazette. In the last year, it showed its readers it still had a long way to go with balanced articles. Without any track record, it has no idea of the readership and value it provides.

But on June 1, Colorado Politics thought it grew up enough to merge with an old competitor who managed to weave the delicate partisanship of appealing to political hacks on both sides of the aisle. Of course, they took the name of the Statesman to help its reputation. Its staff now includes an ex-Denver Post reporter, three folks from the Gazette, two from the Statesman, and one from the Durango Herald.

However, instantly it became another opinionated blog.

So my first read is Senior Political Correspondent, Joey Bunch’s (ex-Denver Post) introductory ground-rules statement on June 8th on “our guiding light is fairness, followed closely by accuracy and honesty in words and intent. Our value depends on your faith in us.” Wow. That had to be hard to type out. Who made him write that?!

Okay, after I finished wading through the bull crap, I found an article in the June 12th edition that I thought might be worth reading. Construction defect reform. That should be too boring to screw up. This year’s bill passed both House and Senate with plenty of bi-partisan support and was signed by the Governor. If there were adamant opponents or proponents reporting with hidden agendas, that should be a thing of the past.

No such luck with the Denver Post “reporter”, Joey Bunch.

Let’s just start with the title: “Insights: Construction defect reforms cost lawyers, but they might not save much for home buyers.” Hmmm, sounds like this paper still has an axe to grind after legislators managed to come together.

Read the article yourself here.

I am not going to detail all the strange interpretive clauses like: “Tort reform is a ghost of Mississippi” or “Priced-out homeowners are the straw men every tort reform has to have” or “Let’s be logical. At the rate they’ve been throwing up housing developments in metro Denver the last 20 years, they weren’t building Sistine Chapels. Plywood, nail gun and go is more like it. Caulk is the great equalizer.”

Who has the time to read a BS fake news article like this? I only slogged my way through so I could prove to myself that “fairness and accuracy” were as fake as all the twisting of this story.

This is the capsulation of what we are witnessing all around us: progressives hell-bent on pushing socialism who cannot accept the fact that normal people don’t want what they are selling. So they stay fixated on their soapbox while all the rest of us keep moving on with our lives.

Half way through the article, Mr. Bunch throws a dig at Assistant Majority Leader Rep. Cole Wist (R-Centennial) who worked on passing the construction litigation reform bill. And then the author launches into some psycho-babble therapy about a class action lawsuit in Mississippi 20 years ago about cars and injuries.

Mr. Bunch never returns back to his subject of construction, but yaks about medical lawsuits, doctors, insurers, and caps on claims. But not before he throws in this “unbiased” piece of commentary: “the real victims were the people who couldn’t get access to quality heath care, while out-of-state doctors made off with millions in legal fees.”

What on earth is going on in this article? Is this reporting?!

The only thing worse than fake news is twisted news. Welcome to the new Statesman – the Blog of the Capitol.

Oh, and by the way, make sure you catch the statement at the bottom of every edition: “The Colorado Statesman maintains strict neutrality on all partisan issues.”

Yeah, right!