In the biggest social-media scrubbing since Dave Schultheis booted our music editor Bill Forman from among his Twitter followers, City Councilor Lisa Czelatdko has gone on a Facebook de-friending frenzy. This, after Gazette reporter Daniel Chacon blogged about her ill-advised lamentation over not receiving special treatment from the Pikes Peak Center last week.
Besides Chacon, Czelatdko has booted this reporter, fellow reporter Chet Hardin, executive editor Ralph Routon, managing editor Kirk Woundy and perhaps a few more staffers. At the Gazette, the discard pile includes G columnist Barry Noreen, editorial page editor Wayne Laugesen, vice president of marketing Liz Cobb and reporter John Schroyer. (Looks like KXRM FOX 21's Joe Cole is still hanging strong; who wouldn't love that face?)
This, in turn, has given other Councilors a chance to toot their media-friendly cred a little bit. "Still on my friend list: Daniel, Barry, AND Wayne (despite posting a picture of a bag with Boulder on it)!" wrote Councilor Bernie Herpin on the 'book.
The brouhaha stems from Czelatdko's unhappiness that she was unable to get Steve Martin tickets last week, even after "pull[ing] the city Councilmember card." Here's how she defended it to Noreen in his weekend column: "The man was asking me how to spell [my] last name. I told him ‘I am your district city councilman.'"
(Seems a funny way to spell your last name, but who are we to judge?)
"This is bigger than the Ted Haggard story," wrote a tongue-in-cheek Laugesen on Facebook. "We are talking concert tickets, here. Besides, Haggard did not seek entertainment services for free. He paid."
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