BLOG #16 SERIES #9
WEDNESDAYS WITH DR. JOE
THE LAST STAND OF THE DENVER POST
APRIL 18, 2018
Tis all too true! When we first moved back to Colorado back in 1996, there were two fully-staffed and highly-respected newspapers serving Denver: The Denver Post (leaning Democrat) and Rocky Mountain News (leaning Republican). During those brief 22 years, the grand old Rocky Mountain News was forced to close its doors. Just a week ago, the already greatly reduced Denver Post, let yet another batch of its most valuable and badly-needed employees go—and furthermore notified subscribers that it would soon close its doors completely! Unless someone would be willing to step in and purchase it, the Centennial State would be left without a major newspaper for the first time in its history.
“No newspaper? Who cares?” So say today’s non-reading public. “We can get all the news we want electronically.” Maybe so, but an informed electorate—so crucial to a democracy—cannot continue to exist with only 15-30 second political attack ads as a basis for choosing the best qualified candidates for public office. A stable voting electorate presupposes a base of literate adults (surrounded by newspapers of stature, magazines, and books).
All of which are today at risk.
The prevailing attitude of Americans up until recent years has been: Of course America is a democracy, and is certain to remain so! In recent years, the sky has darkened, and fears of a looming dictatorship taking control of “the Land of the Free” is voiced more and more often, as public rhetoric is being characterized by vulgarities, obscenities, and loss of civility.
Considering all this, The Denver Post, flawed and reduced though it be, is a must-save! Without such a flagship, Colorado is reduced to red-neck, non-reading, non-thinking stature. Talk about red-lines! Is this a red-line we can afford to not take a decisive, principled stand on?