In this episode of IITV, Independence Institute Research Director Dave Kopel speaks with legendary music critic, journalist, syndicated columnist, and civil libertarian Nat Hentoff. They discuss the current state of civil liberties in America and Nat explains why Obama has been the worst president of all-time when it comes to our individual freedoms.
Archive for September, 2014
Like it or not, the Denver Post is the newspaper of record for Colorado. Which in a political season means that to a lot of voters, if it’s not chronicled in the Post, in didn’t happen. That’s a big responsibility for a struggling paper.
And I get that the Post is a shadow of what it once was, for many reasons beyond the control of the good men and women who work there. But damn it, bias in story selection is very much under their control.
They found it newsworthy that Congressman Mike Coffman had a “senior moment” and couldn’t recall the word “contraception” during a debate. Fair enough. Yet when CompleteColorado.com published the video of his opponent, Andrew Romanoff, leading a team of “dreamers” to deface private property with chalk (and then running away in his Prius when they got caught) it’s not newsworthy. Go figure.
Our governor’s memory issue is the latest non-newsworthy event. I guess since the Post months ago reported Hick’s “I never spoke with Michael Bloomberg” (“I did not have sex with that woman”) fib, there is no need to report when Hick doubles down with a brand new whopper.
In a debate over a week ago, Hickenlooper’s challenger asked him why he lied to the sheriffs of Colorado about talking to Bloomberg. Hick then admitted he DID talk to the billionaire who has poured millions into Colorado Leftist causes, BUT it was three weeks after he made the decision to sign the anti-gun bills.
Hick then put out the challenge to verify his three-week claim, “Look at the phone records. It’s all public record.” Well the Post won’t look at the public record. The Guv talked with Bloomberg on March 2 when the gun bills hadn’t even been brought to the senate floor. He signed the bills on March 20. Three weeks after that would be mid-April.
The only way this timeline works is if John Hickenlooper has a time machine. And maybe I’m wrong here, but I think a governor owning a time machine is newsworthy!
Let me put it in Denver Bronco terms: If a referee calls a player for holding, should that ref throw the flag again if he holds again? Not if the referee were the Denver Post. Even if the player insists “go ahead, check the instant replay!” The Post wouldn’t.
We’ve come to expect that politicians behave badly and make things up. But foolishly I still expect the newspaper of record to report when it happens.
So apparently Governor Hickenlooper owns a functioning time machine and the mainstream media is choosing not to report on this miracle of modern science.
Well, either he has a time machine or he is lying about talking to former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg. I’ll leave it up to you fine folks to figure out which it is.
In this previous legislative session, Senate Bill 187 was passed to create a health care commission for the purpose of discovering what drives health care expenditures in Colorado. Health Care Policy Center Director Linda Gorman was appointed as the sole health economist. Tune in to discover what the commission’s stated goals are and how Linda expects to contribute.
My 15-year-old Toyota Camry just broke 200,000 miles! You’d think all the mileage, rust, and cracks in the windshield would be a turn-off to the women I try to date. Well, I can say the ladies love my car as much as they did when I first bought it. Sadly.
Oh, and other important stuff that’s going on:
The single most important task of an elected school board is negotiating the collective bargaining agreements with employee unions. Not only do the agreements cover about 85% of a district’s budget, they also determine how our children will be taught, how our teachers will be treated, and how taxpayers’ money will be spent. Unfortunately, school boards across the state hold this key process in closed-door back rooms, even though sunshine is crucial for democracy to work.
Our Proposition 104 on this fall’s ballot changes that. It does just one tiny, little thing. It says that school board work must be done in public, like other government work under the state’s open meetings law.
Who in the world could be against opening the doors to the smoky back room? Well, you know, those who are in that room – unions and school districts.
The teachers union challenged our ballot initiative as it was going through the process (all the way to the Supreme Court) and lost. But not to worry, they haven’t given up. They fear sunshine that much. Their likely next step is to take legal action to try to pull Prop 104 off the ballot. Their lawyer, skilled at costly nuisance lawsuits, will soon challenge the validity of the signatures we got to get Prop 104 on the ballot.
In the end they’ll lose that challenge, and they know it. But it will cost us large amounts of legal fees, time and energy. It’s a brilliant tactic, you’ve got to admit.
We are readying for the legal fight, but I need your help. Could you invest in our work to get sunshine on school boards and fight off the legal attacks by giving us $100 today?
We also go on the legal offense here at Independence. Partnering with our friends at the Center for Competitive Politics, we have just filed two lawsuits asserting that state and federal campaign finance disclosure laws are unconstitutional under the First Amendment. To learn more, go here.
We are asking the courts for permission to run two ads – one asking Democratic Colorado U.S. Sens. Mark Udall and Michael Bennet to support a federal sentencing reform bill, and one asking citizens to urge Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper to initiate an audit of the Colorado Health Benefit Exchange. Yes, we live in an age where we need to go to court to enjoy our First Amendment rights.