On his November 1 broadcast, Peter Boyles denounced four Colorado newspapers for their articles reporting on a study about the impact of workplace raids on the children of illegal immigrants. Boyles attacked the study, funded by the National Council of La Raza and the Urban Institute, and labeled the articles "advocacy journalism" -- but he neglected to mention that each newspaper quoted critics of the study, from state and federal officials to anti-immigration groups.
Reporting on Gov. Bill Ritter's (D) budget proposal, KUSA 9News on November 1 cited "Republican leaders" as claiming that "the record state budget spends money in some areas that don't make sense," and uncritically quoted state Rep. David Balmer's (R) assertion that Ritter is "spending 70 new employees on workforce development," while Republicans would "like to see some of that money go to driver's license offices." However, the 9News report did not mention Ritter's statement that the budget seeks to "offset decreased federal funding" for workforce development or a news report that the state began hiring driver's license office workers last summer.
Reporting November 2 on a federal agency's proposal to maintain the Preble's meadow jumping mouse's "threatened" status in Colorado, the Rocky Mountain News cited research by a former Denver Museum of Nature & Science curator contending that the mouse did not "warrant protection." However, the article did not mention a later study disputing that scientist's findings or a separate panel's conclusion that "the weight of evidence" supported the "threatened" designation.
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The Pueblo Chieftain in a November 1 editorial referenced "[a]n empirical study" of media coverage of the 2008 presidential campaign to support its contention that the media "tilt to the left." Although the Chieftain did not identify the study, recently released findings of the Project for Excellence in Journalism and the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy showed that while overall Democratic presidential candidates did receive more coverage, "the tone of coverage for the two parties is virtually identical," except for that of one Democratic and one Republican candidate.
During its 10 p.m. newscast on October 31, Colorado Springs ABC affiliate KRDO NewsChannel 13 reported that the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas, was ordered to pay almost $11 million "to the father of a fallen Marine" who sued after church members protested at his son's 2006 funeral. But NewsChannel 13 failed to mention the anti-gay agenda of the church, whose website is godhatesfags.com.
In reporting November 1 on an assertion by the Colorado Union of Taxpayers that the League of Women Voters' guide included in a Greeley city mailing is "inadequate and biased," the Greeley Tribune identified critic Penn Pfiffner only as "president of the taxpayers union." In fact, he also is a former Republican state representative and current director of the Independence Institute's Fiscal Policy Center, which states that its purpose is "to communicate the balance between taxation and liberty."