More Messages: Sanctuary!

Did the local media overplay the recent unveiling of two anti-illegal-immigration billboards? Underplay it? Or test everyone's patience by covering it at all?

KHOW talk-show host Peter Boyles, who helped spearhead the effort and used his swing to get Representative Tom Tancredo to serve as a sort of Vanna White on the big day, has a predictable perspective. Although he was gratified by some of the national coverage, including an article in the mondo-conservative Washington Times, he bashed the Denver Post for decorating its piece with a photo of a protester whose sign read "Billboards by Klear Khannel Kommunications "-- with emphasis on the KKK. (Of course, bashing the Post is something of a habit for Boyles these days.) He also suggested that local TV stations didn't quite know how to handle the story, and he's right about that. Channel 4's Jennifer Cabala reported from the scene during the 6 a.m. newshour that immediately preceded the boards' revelation -- and there's nothing more scintillating than a live shot of absolutely nothing.

In truth, Boyles was fortunate to get any coverage at all, and certainly wouldn't have were it not for the celebrity factor. Or did I miss the in-depth reportage about the guy in Grand Junction who's paying for a billboard over his junkyard demanding that the U.S. get out of the U.N.? -- Michael Roberts

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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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