DENVER – The response from the Denver Post to yesterday’s story in the Washington Free Beacon – where Compass Colorado decried the increasingly violent tone of liberal’s discourse in Colorado – shows the depths to which this rhetoric has permeated our politics.
The Post published a letter to the editor on Saturday in which the writer was critical of an editorial lauding Sen. Cory Gardner. She then went one step further to comment on President Trump with regard to Russia: “If it walks like a traitor, and talks like a traitor, and acts like a traitor … it is a traitor. Ethel and Julius Rosenberg were executed on a basis of far less evidence than is had on Trump and many in his administration.”
In response to the publishing of this letter to the editor, Compass offered this comment: “The mere fact the Denver Post would publish a letter to the editor with this type of language speaks to both the increasingly violent tone of liberals in Colorado politics and the desperation of the Post for readership.”
The Post offered a response to the WFB: “We would never run a letter suggesting that the president of the United States be executed,” said the editor of the editorial pages. “Upon reviewing this letter, I don’t think that was the letter writer’s intent.”
Although the Post stated they would never publish a letter suggesting the President of the United States be executed – that’s exactly what happened. No one has claimed the writer outright called for an execution, but the suggestion is clear.
This latest incident comes on the heels of another letter to the editor containing violent language published in a Colorado newspaper, the Boulder Daily Camera. In that incident, outlined by Western Wire, the letter writer asked the question as to the moral responsibility for citizens to take arms against oil and gas workers. The Camera later edited the letter and added a note about its contents.
“The Post publishing something in black and white in their own paper then claiming it’s not there feels like gaslighting,” said Kelly Maher, executive director of Compass Colorado. “Lending their megaphone to this type of speech then attempting to normalize it and explain it away speaks to how shrill the narrative has become. Publications are just as culpable for what they print in their pages as the writers themselves.”