Monday, September 9, 2013

Progressives demand KRDO break up with the Chieftain

Posted By on Mon, Sep 9, 2013 at 12:33 PM

click to enlarge ProgressNow volunteer Carolyn Cathey delivers the petition. - COURTESY PROGRESSNOW COLORADO
  • Courtesy ProgressNow Colorado
  • ProgressNow volunteer Carolyn Cathey delivers the petition.
A press release from ProgressNow Colorado says the group, along "with the Daily Kos progressive community," thinks KRDO should drop its news partnership with the Pueblo Chieftain. The call comes after the daily newspaper was criticized for some of its executives taking active roles in the drive to recall state Sen. Angela Giron.

"Voters in Southern Colorado deserve better than blatantly misleading and biased news coverage," says PNC's executive director Amy Runyon-Harms in the release. "If they can't get it from the Pueblo Chieftain, they should at least be able to trust an ABC News television station. KRDO needs to cut ties with the Chieftain for the sake of their own credibility."

Dishonesty by association seems a bit of a slippery slope. For instance, parts of the Indy are sometimes printed by the Chieftain, and I'm not sure the sins of the typographer necessarily rub off. And, using its access to the paper's executives, KRDO did an excellent job of covering the issue back in March.

In any case, 43,000 people apparently signed the petition, which we contacted the TV station for comment on and will update this blog if we hear back.

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