Fortunately (and unfortunately), Democrat elected officials in Colorado aren’t even trying to hide their incestuous relationship with the –ahem – “unbiased” media anymore.
In an un-surprising twist of staffing fate, Governor John Hickenlooper announced this week that yet another member of the Denver journalism cabal is joining his staff – and for a basement bargain annual salary of just $130,000.
That’s right. Mr. Maximillian Potter will join Hickenlooper’s staff as a Senior Media Advisor after parting ways with 5280: Denver’s Magazine last month.
Presumably, Potter got a chance to know Hickenlooper when researching a glowing profile piece he did on the bumbling governor titled: “The Happy Shrewdness of John Hickenlooper” last year. Move over Woodward and Bernstein.
In isolation, this hiring would not raise any eyebrows. However, the case of Mr. Potter is yet another example in a long list of Colorado Democrats hiring members of the media to work in their offices after providing them glowing coverage in print. Names like Evan Dryer, Curtis Hubbard and others come to mind.
While all of the aforementioned journalists revealed themselves to be liberal hacks in recent years, can anyone think of an example of a member of the “unbiased” media establishment abandoning their post to take a job with a Republican recently? We can’t either.
On one hand, we can understand the desire of reporters who usually earn paltry salaries on the beat for engaging their capitalistic instincts to land more lucrative jobs in government. On the other hand, we’ve been forced to endure enough lectures on “journalistic integrity” and the high-minded virtues of reporters enough to roll our eyes when we hear stories like Mr. Potter and Mr. Hubbard.
We know we are supposed to believe that Potter and Hubbard’s adoring coverage of Hickenlooper had nothing to do with their hiring, but we didn’t just fall off the turnip truck yesterday.
As our colleagues in the mainstream media watch news like this come and go, they find themselves on the horns of an awkward dilemma. Do they point out the inherent conflict of a politician hiring a member of the media that’s allegedly been covering him in an unbiased manner? Or do they let the news slide by in hopes they might land a plum job themselves one day?
We suggest you review the coverage of Potter and Hubbard’s hires, and then decide for yourself.