Denver Post owner/publisher Dean Singleton seems to have trouble with the word bankruptcy, especially when it pertains to his company, MediaNews Group. But he's extremely loquacious about other topics, as he's proving this morning during an extended appearance on the morning show of KHOW's Peter Boyles. (He's still chatting at this writing.)
Toward the end of the 5 a.m. hour, for instance, Singleton called for the legalization of marijuana and gay marriage. And he later dealt with Bill Ritter's decision not to run for a second term as governor, the potential influence on this action by Stephanie Villafuerte's aborted nomination for U.S. Attorney, and the reporting ability of yours truly.
Marijuana came up when Boyles asked Singleton why the Post accepts medical marijuana advertisements. Singleton said he sees them in much the same way as pharmacy ads: Both require a doctor's prescription. From there, he noted that the Post had called for the legalization of marijuana ten years ago, and he believes that's still the right move. He doesn't understand why an adult can go to Dino's to buy a beer but can't go there to smoke a joint.
Regarding gay marriage, Singleton noted that "I'm a pretty conservative guy," yet he has no idea why anyone should be able to go into a person's bedroom and say what he or she can or can't do.
The subject of Barack Obama was fresh in Singleton's mind, since he briefly met with the president yesterday, presumably during the period that Obama's security was snarling downtown traffic. He agreed with host Boyles's contention that Obama is looking like a one-term president along the lines of Jimmy Carter. He believes Obama hasn't shown requisite leadership during his first year in office, squandering good will on a terrible health care package and a stimulus bill that was loaded with pork.
Singleton revealed that he voted for Obama, because he thought John McCain would be too divisive -- and he believes the president is a brilliant man who could grow into an effective chief executive if given another term. But in his opinion, the American public won't provide him with that opportunity.
From there, Boyles brought up the Ritter matter. But the yakker soon grew frustrated when Singleton, who called the governor a friend of his, said he feels Ritter's decision to forgo the 2010 election was dictated by family considerations, not a potential scandal involving Villafuerte.
Along the way, an assertion was made about Westword publishing an article about an affair between Ritter and Villafuerte, which is kinda accurate/kinda not. Back in December, I wrote a blog post noting that Examiner.com had floated Villafuerte's name in connection to such rumors -- but I also emphasized that there was absolutely no proof anything of the sort had taken place.
Then, Boyles asked Singleton about another Westword blog, this one noting that Senator Mark Udall had agreed to a request by Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions that Villafuerte sit for an additional FBI interview shortly before Villafuerte took her name out of consideration for the U.S. Attorney gig.
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Singleton said he hadn't read the item -- and that he doesn't read Westword. Boyles then asked why the Post hadn't done the story, giving Singleton an opportunity to assert that Westword doesn't care about facts, and that I write plenty of things the Denver Post wouldn't publish.
No denying that. I can't see the Post running with a piece from yesterday about a Safeway employee busted for beating his meat behind the meat counter. But the statement about facts is utterly bogus, as the Udall blog demonstrates. The information in it was provided by Udall aide Alan Salazar, who was named as the source and quoted accurately throughout.
The same philosophy is exercised in all my work, including my 2001 cover story about Singleton, "Press For Success" and my many interviews with him during the years since then -- like this Q&A from last year. And that's a fact.