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Media Matters for America

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    June 14, 2013

    Peter Boyles's ten most memorable Westword posts

    Ever since controversial KHOW talk-show host Peter Boyles was forced out after an incident with his longtime producer, his many fans have hoped for more info about what happened. Unfortunately, neither Boyles nor station execs are talking. Prior to his sacking, though, Boyles was hardly known for hi ... More >>

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    April 26, 2013

    Mike Vanderboegh announces schmucky plan to violate Colorado gun-magazine ban

    Around here, folks tend to earn Schmuck of the Week glory for crimes they've already committed. That makes Mike Vanderboegh special -- because the Alabama blogger and blowhard familiar to a certain segment of the populace from numerous appearances on Fox News earns this week's honors for an offense ... More >>

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    August 13, 2012

    Independence Institute Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms party celebrates "perks of adulthood"

    The Independence Institute's annual Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms party is "the most politically incorrect event of the year," as we tagged it years ago, and the tenth annual ATF event lived up to that billing Saturday even if it didn't make the news that the 2010 incarnation did -- when then-Senate ... More >>

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    March 23, 2012

    Pat Robertson: Peyton injury after Tebow trade would serve Broncos right

    Everyone's got an opinion about the Broncos' signing of Peyton Manning and trade of Tim Tebow to the New York Jets, including none other than Pat Robertson. The televangelist recently came out in favor of Colorado's Amendment 64, the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act. Now, however, he's basically ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2012

    RedPeak: City council's Susan Shepherd won't fight controversial West Highland development

    Denver City Councilwoman Susan Shepherd will not take any action to stop a proposed development just north of 32nd Avenue and Lowell Boulevard that has neighbors fighting mad. Although she had hinted that she might try to change the zoning on the property, she released a letter late last week stati ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2010

    Toe-sucking Dick Morris to headline Scott Tipton event, Democrats hot and bothered

    Dick Morris.​Dick Morris, the former Bill Clinton hire-turned-Hillary Clinton loather, is the featured attraction at an August 17 fundraiser for Scott Tipton, who's running for Congress against incumbent John Salazar. But while Salazar has lately gotten some recent bad press over accusations o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2010

    Scott McInnis tweets that he's "in it to win it" -- or was it a plagiarist?

    Scott McInnis's Twitter photo.​How is Scott McInnis responding to pressure that he drop out of the governor's race due to plagiarism problems? Via his Twitter feed. That's very Paula Abdul of him. Trouble is, the second he shared his intention to stick around, a well-known progressive wondere ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2010

    Cory Gardner campaign downplays Steve King stop, event cancellation over race comments

    "Let's change the subject."​Rep. Steve King appeared at a 9.12 Project event over the weekend -- but not at a planned fundraiser for Cory Gardner, who canceled after King played the race card in comments about Barack Obama. What's Gardner's campaign got to say about the accusations of politica ... More >>

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    August 26, 2009

    Face the State's website goes on autopilot during "restructuring"

    Brad Jones.​Left-leaning political websites such as the Colorado Independent and Colorado Media Matters haven't had much to celebrate since the progressive gains made in last November's election. The former's been hit with significant layoffs, and the latter pulled the plug in March, although ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2009

    Colorado Media Matters' Bill Menezes lands on his feet

    Photo by Anthony CameraBill Menezes.​The demise of Colorado Media Matters in March silenced a progressive organization that tirelessly attacked what it described as conservative misinformation in the media. But there's life after left-leaning advocacy for CMM frontman Bill Menezes. The former ... More >>

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    August 4, 2009

    "Gunny" Bob Newman leaves KOA for mysterious new assignment

    Bob Newman.​As a former Marine gunnery sergeant, KOA radio host Bob Newman comes by his combativeness naturally. When politically liberal Colorado Media Matters, staffed by some of his most persistent critics, collapsed in March, Gunny Bob gleefully kicked the organization when it was down (an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2009

    More information about Huffington Post's plan to open Denver branch

    A Flickr photoArianna Huffington. As reported in this space on Monday, the Huffington Post is planning to open a series of local branches -- and in a recent interview, Arianna Huffington, the site's namesake, revealed that an outpost in Denver would follow the launch of ones in Chicago and New York ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2009

    Bill Menezes on the closure of Colorado Media Matters

    In "On Watch," a September 2006 Message column, former Rocky Mountain News and Denver Post journalist Bill Menezes explained his mission as head of Colorado Media Matters, the first state-based spin-off from Media Matters, a Washington, D.C. organization. He described CMM as "a progressive research ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2009

    KOA's Bob Newman dances on Colorado Media Matters' grave

    Today's blog "Bill Menezes on the Closure of Colorado Media Matters" notes that KOA's Bob Newman, known to fans and foes alike as "Gunny Bob," was often blasted by CMM prior to its demise on Tuesday. And to put it mildly, Newman won't miss having the organization to kick around anymore. Over the cou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2009

    The Westword.com blog shortcut, March 19 edition

    Get baked. Today in Cafe Society: • Gateaux giving back. • Wine and cheese...and green chile? • Satchel's Market bags some special meals. • Up Close: Bones. Today in Backbeat Online: • Jewell Tyme Music tapped for Denver Nuggets pre-game show in April. • Epilogues SXSW tour diary. • ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2009

    Denver Blogs: It's a good thing Brandon Marshall hits women and not dogs. Otherwise he'd be screwed.

    Our daily peek into the local blogoshere. Send links. The NFL: The only place where a serial abuser catches a break because he catches a football. (Mile High Report) The stimulus money is on its way. But will it make a difference? (Colorado Independent and Colorado Pols) Peter Boyles thinks it wo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2009

    Is it Peter Boyles, Peter Boils or Boil Peters?

    The name game took a loopy twist after Colorado Media Matters published an item last Wednesday attacking KHOW talk-show host Peter Boyles for referring to Congresswoman Diana DeGette as "Vagina DeGette" and "Vagina DeJet," for reasons that are too dopey to explain -- although CMM did so at length in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2009

    Colorado Republicans' Obama attack ad passes mouse misinformation

    "Dick Wadhams Has a Greeting for Barack Obama," a February 16 blog, shared the text of a full-page ad financed by the Colorado Republican Party and published in both Denver dailies on the day President Barack Obama visited the city to sign the $787 billion economic-stimulus package. Unfortunately, o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2009

    Denver Blogs: Shit, indeed

    Yes, George Carlin would like this art very much. (Buckfifty.org) Shooting free throws blind-folded is harder than it looks. Just ask Chauncey Billups. (Pickaxe and Roll) Peter Boyles is officially a third-grader. Someone give him a wedgie. (Media Matters)

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2009

    Denver Blogs: And you are...?

    This here's the booty from our daily quest for local blogging treasures. Send links here. Yes, Senator Bennet, I have a question: Who the hell are you? (Colorado Pols) When it comes to writing about the stimulus package, Mike Rosen and Chuck Green are not exactly getting intimate with the truth. ( ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2009

    Denver Blogs: Remembering City Spirit

    (Illustration from Buckfifty.org) Send your linkable links here. City Spirit: An old Denver cafe where you could get drunk in style. (Buck Fifty) KOA's Jon Caldera: Making shit up about your new president from Day One. (Media Matters) A day without a Democrat: It's like a day without a Mexican, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2009

    Colorado Media Matters' Bill Menezes meets Alex Trebek

    By day, Bill Menezes is the editorial director of Colorado Media Matters, a website devoted to highlighting and undermining what the folks there perceive to be conservative misinformation that's being foisted on an unsuspecting populace. But tonight at 6 p.m. on Channel 7, he'll be showing another s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2009

    The Westword.com blog shortcut, January 15 edition

    In case you're curious... Today in Cafe Society: • Buffalo to go. • A wake for Auld Dubliner. • Chef Bradford Heap to give it a go in Boulder. • Veggie Girl takes a bite of Parsley. • I can only hope you get some "Yes Pecan." • In the neighborhood: The Fainting Goat. Today in Backbeat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2009

    Denver Blog: Everything must go! No, seriously, everything

    Links to make you hmmm. Send worthy ones daily to joe.tone@westword.com.So that's why everything at Macy's has been 70 percent off for the last year. (5280)Governor wants to put state expenses online for Joe Public to read and say, "Hey, now I don't feel so bad about checking wellsfargo.com." (Face ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2008

    Denver Blogs: Nuggets keep winning, gay people keep losing

    Here's what happening on the local Interwebs today. Let us know what we missed.The NBA season is 25 percent over. Almost time to start paying attention! (Nugg Doctor)Aurora passes totally gay-friendly legislation. Aurora totally pusses out. (Colorado Independent)Broncos fans seem to think the Bronco ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2008

    Disclosure not exactly full in coverage of pro-Amendment 49 press conference

    Weld County Sheriff John Cooke. News organizations routinely shrug off criticism from Colorado Media Matters because the website operates from a liberal perspective -- something its overseers don't hide. Yet CMM frequently finds examples of journalistic errors and oversights that should dismay any ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2008

    The Rocky Mountain News's Obama-Kenya Mea Culpa

    Rocky Mountain News editor/publisher/president John Temple. Rocky Mountain News editor/publisher/president John Temple's August 16 column "8-word Gaffe Ripples Across the Web" is an apologia for a big botch reported about in this More Messages blog -- an erroneous Rocky web piece that claimed Bara ... More >>

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    August 18, 2008
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    August 13, 2008

    Keith Olbermann slaps Rocky Mountain News for Obama-Kenya Gaffe

    The turban doesn't prove Kenyan citizenship, either. Thank goodness Countdown With Keith Olbermann's nightly "Worst Person in the World" feature is flexible, or else the man with his name in the program's title wouldn't have been able to award the August 12 bronze to our own Rocky Mountain News. T ... More >>

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    August 13, 2008
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    August 8, 2008

    Caplis and Silverman Get Their New York Times Closeup

    In a rare image, Dan Caplis flaps his left wing. It's an indication of how focused the rest of the media universe is on Denver these days that no less than the New York Times decided to devote a big chunk of space to a modestly rated local afternoon talk show. "Politically Divided Talk-Radio Team ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2008

    Shooting From the Lip with Jon Caldara

    Saturday, June 28, was a good day for the Independence Institute. Its sixth annual ATF (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms) Party attracted a record number of participants to the Kiowa Creek Sporting Club for the “most politically incorrect” event of the year. But while Jon Caldara’s group advert ... More >>

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    January 28, 2008

    In Defense of Bitch Slapping

    ProgressNow has successfully embarrassed KOA talk-show hosts for unwise statements in the past. Remember that in May 2007, the left-leaning organization made headlines for whipping up an advertiser boycott aimed at rabble-rouser Bob Newman, who'd declared, "I want every Muslim immigrant to America w ... More >>

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    December 17, 2007
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    September 19, 2007

    CORA Wars

    Winston Churchill had a saying: “Arguing over the internet is like competing in the Special Olympics – even if you win, you’re still retarded.” Well, maybe it wasn’t Churchill who said it, but any web surfer who's suddenly found themselves spending hours crafting witty cyber comebacks ov ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2007

    Peter Boyles Street Art?

    Since we’ve been hitting the graffiti tip so hard this week, I thought it important to point out that not all illegal street art is done by and for young folks – why it can include the middle-aged talk radio audience!

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    June 8, 2007

    Bill O'Reilly is Donald Duck

    It's hard to know who deserves the most blame: Bill O'Reilly's staffers, whose apparent lack of research really hung their boss out to dry, or O'Reilly himself, for blustering on ignorantly in a manner that confirmed just about every negative thing his critics say about him. Then again, the segment ... More >>

  • News

    May 31, 2007

    Post-Imus Radio

    Talk show fallout.

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2007
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    May 3, 2007

    Letters to the Editor

    From the week of 5/3/2007

  • News

    April 26, 2007

    Sound Check

    Has the Don Imus controversy permanently altered the radio universe? Clear Channel yakkers huddled to talk about it.

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    April 16, 2007
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    April 12, 2007

    Fear Factor

    In his first week running his new website, Brad Jones crashed a state representative. What will he do for an encore?

  • News

    October 26, 2006

    Blogs 2.0

    Colorado Confidential tries to give blogs a journalistic upgrade.

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2006

    More Messages: Straight From the Source

    The October 12 edition of the Message concerns the process by which political advertisements are approved for airing on local TV stations. The general managers of these outlets are the folks best able to answer questions on the topic, but in the end, only one person in this position -- Channel 4's W ... More >>

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    October 2, 2006
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    September 28, 2006

    Slants

    A think tank levels a bias accusation.

  • News

    September 14, 2006

    On Watch

    Media Matters leans left as it targets the right.

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    September 13, 2006

    More Messages: Teach Your Children Well

    The current Message column concerns Colorado Media Matters, the first state-based spinoff of Media Matters, a Washington, D.C., organization devoted to counteracting, contradicting and correcting what the folks there consider to be "conservative misinformation in the U.S. media." Media Matters pres ... More >>

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