Tuesday, August 9, 2016

UPDATE: Gazette editorial writer has marital link to Trump campaign

Posted By on Tue, Aug 9, 2016 at 4:47 PM

click to enlarge Trump during his recent visit to Colorado Springs. - NAT STEIN
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  • Trump during his recent visit to Colorado Springs.
UPDATE:
We just heard from Jason Salzman with Big Media Blog, who had this to say:
I think Wayne should run a disclosure on every one of his pieces that mentions Trump or touches on the presidential election, stating that his wife has a paid position on the Trump campaign. That's the minimum you'd expect from a newspaper like the Gazette.
———-ORIGINAL POST 4:47 P.M. TUESDAY, AUG. 9, 2016 ——————————-

The local daily newspaper has made it clear that Donald Trump is its choice in the presidential race. Not once, but multiple times in its editorial columns.

But in light of a recent announcement by Trump's Colorado campaign team, we wonder if the chief editorial writer at that newspaper, Wayne Laugesen, will be resting his editorial pen during the remainder of the campaign cycle, now that his wife, Dede Laugesen, will be making money from the Trump campaign.

The Denver Post reported on Monday:
Dede Laugesen will be the coalitions director for the Trump campaign in Colorado. Laugesen is owner of Windhover Media and is a communications specialist and a political consultant. She is the wife of Wayne Laugesen, the editorial page editor of The Gazette in Colorado Springs.
We've already reported that Windhover Media was paid by the campaign of Darryl Glenn, who's running for U.S. Senate, and that relationship didn't result in any disclosures on the part of the Gazette when it editorialized more than once on the virtues of Glenn.

So when Windhover Media begins cashing in on the Trump campaign, will the newspaper let readers know of Laugesen's apparent conflict of interest? Or will he step aside when it comes to writing editorials about the presidential race?

We've asked Laugesen about this and will circle back if and when we hear something. The last time we raised the question about the Glenn campaign paying his wife, we heard nothing in response.

Dede Laugesen also runs the Colorado Government Watch website, subtitled "Demanding public accountability." That site carries this bio info on her:
Laugesen, CoSGW’s executive director, is a communications consultant, digital media designer, writer and video producer. She is an entrepreneur, public speaker, and producer of popular children’s prayer-based videos. A Colorado native and longtime El Paso County resident, she has been owner of Windhover Media since 2003 and has developed a broad base of clients in politics and industry.

She holds a B.S. in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder and studied at the National Journalism Center in Washington, D.C., where she also worked at C-SPAN as a production assistant.

Laugesen and her husband, Gazette Editorial Page Editor Wayne Laugesen, have been married for more than 20 years and are the parents of six boys plus one foster son.

She notes, “Though I am the proud wife of Gazette editorial page editor Wayne Laugesen—as is well-known in the community—he and his position play no role in my participation with CoSGW. I am a strong and independent woman, wife and mother capable of formulating my own opinion and championing the causes I support without input, influence or permission from my husband.”

The Post also reported that Trump's Colorado campaign is being chaired by former U.S. Senate candidate and businessman Robert Blaha, while Blaha's daughter, Lydia, has been tapped as communications director. She also served as deputy campaign manager for Blaha's unsuccessful Senate bid.

In addition, Patrick Davis, political consultant from Colorado Springs, is Trump's Colorado campaign director.

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