Zine but Not Heard

Few publications are growing in the Denver underground.

"Every actual issue I'd have two or three pages of letters, but with it just up on the Internet, I don't get that many -- and since we tape the show, I never know if there's anybody listening," he says. "But people will always want to sit in a coffee shop and read a hard copy of a local mag. Anyone who sits in a coffee shop with a laptop is a douche bag."

In Reidy's view, the lousy publications from Denver's past are helping to prevent the rise of new, more interesting ones. "They have absolutely no content and have absolutely nothing to say, and when they go away, someone who's advertised in them has been conned out of their money. So when a magazine that actually does have something to say asks them to advertise, they won't, because they're afraid of getting conned again.

"A lot of these magazines look pretty good, which is why they sell so many ads -- for a while, anyway," he continues. "But they've got nothing to offer, which is why they all die. The Hooligan has been around for seven years, and if Go-Go is around for seven years, I'll eat a turd."

Push for the Bush: At press time, results from the presidential election were not yet in. But no matter which candidate emerged victorious (did Pat Buchanan make a late run?), the Boulder Daily Camera's endorsement of George W. Bush, which was dictated by its owner, Scripps-Howard, likely had little effect -- other than on the digestive systems of numerous Camera staffers aghast that a newspaper located in one of America's last bastions of liberalism had thrown its weight behind the conservative movement's Great Really White Hope.

Neither Camera editor Barrie Hartman nor publisher Colleen Conant returned calls for comment on this topic, but the manner in which they presented the October 29 endorsement, penned by former Rocky Mountain News editor Jay Ambrose (remembered as one of the most unfailingly boosterish types to ever hold that post), showed just how nervous they were about their readership's reaction. The nod itself was preceded by a paragraph noting that it reflected "the majority opinion of the editors and officers of Scripps-Howard Newspapers" -- not the Daily Camera -- and pointed out that "the corporate endorsement is a Scripps tradition that dates back to 1912." Also present was a second column by Ambrose headlined "Democratic Process Led to Endorsement" (you can bet Ambrose wasn't the one who used the word "Democratic") and a separate piece by Conant revealing that although Scripps "never attempts to dictate editorial opinions from the corporate office," there "is one exception to that rule" -- the presidential endorsement. She later listed Scripps's presidential choices over the years: Since Franklin Delano Roosevelt's second term, the only non-Republican the company touted was Lyndon Johnson in 1964.

That means Scripps endorsed Richard Nixon not once, not twice, but three times. How do you like that, Boulder?

Oops! They did it again: An addendum to the recent column about the rash of errors at the Denver Post ("The Wrong Stuff," October 26): On October 19, one day after Chuck Green wrote a column about a trial that never happened and a jury that didn't exist -- really! -- a slew of concerned Posters sat down for a meeting about the corrections blizzard. Afterward, managing editor for news Larry Burrough followed up with an e-mail thanking attendees for their willingness to make improvement in the accuracy area a top priority. But there was a teensy little problem: His memo was larded with screwups of its own. Especially memorable was the following sentence: "It is notably that most of the mistakes were avoidable, that is to say that many of the mistake were about information we've written about before."

That should eliminate all those notably mistake, don't you think?

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