David Sirota makes a monkey out of himself in debate, argues councilman Sean Paige

Yesterday, AM 760 host/columnist David Sirota and Colorado Springs city councilman Sean Paige took part in an on-air debate, with the honor of Colorado Springs at stake. But while the program has ended, the scrap isn't over, with Paige continuing to take swings at Sirota in a new, insult-laden Huffington Post essay.

The first shot comes courtesy of the headline: "Dueling With This David Made Me Feel Like a Mental Goliath." The second can be found in the lead paragraph, complete with an allusion to yours truly: "Some Westword media columnist hyped it in advance as a 'cage match.' The only cage I saw was the one Sirota kept rattling, while making a monkey of himself." And that's followed by this zinger: "Sirota runs his radio show with all the charm and good manners of a left-wing Bill O'Reilly -- minus the ratings."

Ouch! If this whole politics thing doesn't work out for Paige, he's definitely got the makings of a combative columnist -- or a talk-show host.

Listen to the face-off here, check out a Colorado Springs Gazette piece asserting that "the national media are turning Colorado Springs into a poster child of government cutbacks" by clicking here, and read Paige's salvo here. But be forewarned: These probably won't be the last words on this subject.

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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