I don’t think I have ever uttered these words before, but here goes – be sure to grab a copy of the Denver Post today!
As you may recall our investigative reporter, Todd Shepherd, found that the National Co-chair for the Obama Campaign was himself an evil venture capitalist, very much like Mitt Romney. This man’s firm closed domestic factories and laid-off around 1,000 people in order to save failing businesses. That man was no other than Denver’s own former mayor, former Clinton cabinet member, Federico Pena. This was newsworthy enough for Rush Limbaugh to take it on during his radio show, but the Denver Post, and most all of the Denver media, wouldn’t touch it.
So in today’s Post on page 16a, please enjoy a full-page “Thank You” from us to Federico for his successful work as a venture capitalist. Not only do we want to celebrate free enterprise, but we also want the newspaper of record to cover a story worth telling.
Ready for the fun inside story?
Originally the Post quoted us a price of $6,800 for the ad. After they saw the ad that price magically changed to $23,800. Why? They decided that it should fall under their “political advocacy” rates, even though it didn’t urge a vote or have a call to action. As they told me, “It FEELS like advocacy.” After weeks of asking exactly what magic words in our ad made it “advocacy” the vice president of the paper said it was the identifier “co-chair of the Obama reelection campaign” that would cost the extra $17,000. So what you see on page 16a today doesn’t include those very expensive words.
You can see the original ad here.
A big thanks to our donors who chipped in to celebrate another great American capitalist and helped get it into the Post. Who knows? Maybe this is a new funding model for newspapers. If you want a story covered, you have to buy the ink yourself. If only that applied to both political sides…