On his June 29 broadcast on 630 KHOW-AM, Peter Boyles repeated his false claim that new state identification rules allow "illegal [immigrants] to get a driver's license" because the requirements are "simply [House Bill] 1313 in a bureaucratic form." In fact, the rules bar some documents that would have been permitted under the bill, which Democratic Gov. Bill Ritter vetoed.
KMGH 7News co-anchor Mike Landess reported on June 28 that Republicans "now believe troops should start coming home" and that some GOP members "are calling for a revival of the Iraq Study Group [ISG] to look at new options for Iraq." Landess, however, did not mention that Democrats have called for the implementation of the ISG's recommendations -- including troop redeployment -- since the group released its report in December 2006 and have introduced legislation to make the recommendations U.S. policy.
Discussing immigration reform legislation that had been under consideration in the U.S. Senate, "Gunny" Bob Newman on his June 26 Newsradio 850 KOA show made unsubstantiated claims and issued falsehoods about immigration and "amnesty." Most notably, he asserted that "between 18 and 28 percent" of prisoners in the United States are "illegals"; in fact, federal statistics indicate that the total noncitizen inmate figure in mid-2005 was 6.4 percent of the overall state and federal prison population, and the noncitizen prison population rose just slightly by mid-2006.
On their June 26 broadcasts, Newsradio 850 KOA's "Gunny" Bob Newman and Fox News Radio 600 KCOL's Scott James falsely claimed that "78 percent" of Americans oppose immigration reform legislation that the U.S. Senate had been considering. In fact, the Rasmussen Reports poll on which they apparently based their assertions found that "[f]ifty percent [of American voters] ... oppose the Senate bill" while "28 percent are not sure."
Jon Caldara of Newsradio 850 KOA falsely claimed on his June 27 show that Media Matters for America "pull[s] things out of ... context," to make remarks sound "outlandish." Caldara cited as an example comments right-wing pundit Ann Coulter made about Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards on Good Morning America. However, a Media Matters item about Coulter's Good Morning America appearance included a transcript of her entire interview with co-host Christopher Cuomo.
Reporting on a proposal by two Republican state legislators to allocate anticipated revenue from natural gas production on the Western Slope to fund higher education, a June 28 Rocky Mountain News article did not provide remarks from Democrats and omitted widely reported criticism of a federal plan for energy leases atop the Roan Plateau.