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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
"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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
"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 >>
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)
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 >>
(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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Links to make you hmmm. Send worthy ones daily to firstname.lastname@example.org.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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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!
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 >>
Talk show fallout.
From the week of 5/3/2007
Has the Don Imus controversy permanently altered the radio universe? Clear Channel yakkers huddled to talk about it.
In his first week running his new website, Brad Jones crashed a state representative. What will he do for an encore?
Colorado Confidential tries to give blogs a journalistic upgrade.
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 >>
A think tank levels a bias accusation.
Media Matters leans left as it targets the right.
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 >>