Here’s a headline we can’t wait to see: “Denver Post writer resigns to join conservative organization.” But we aren’t holding our breath.
Yes, we know, pigs will fly before a Post reporter jumps ship to align with the right. At least that’s the impression we get from this year’s significant Post departures, the latest involving editorial-board member Tim Hoover.
A 20-year newspaper veteran, Hoover is leaving to join the Colorado Fiscal Institute. Sounds like a serious policy think-tank, but don’t let the name fool you: From all appearances, the institute exists to bash the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights and promote left-wing economic policies.
The institute campaigned heavily in favor of Amendment 66, the $1 billion tax hike shredded Nov. 5 by voters. Here’s a headline from an Oct. 2 press release: “Amendment 66 will make the state income tax more efficient and productive.”
That pretty much tells you everything you need to know about the CFI.
Heading the institute is Carol Hedges, who also serves on the board of directors of ProgressNow Colorado Education, the propaganda arm of the scorched-earth attack group whose mission is to savage anyone trending to the right of Hugo Chavez.
We understand better than most that journalists don’t stay in the newspaper biz forever: The hours are long, the pay isn’t great, and after 20 years, Hoover may be looking for new career challenges.
It’s just that his move to join the state’s left-wing conspiracy comes a few months after the departure of former editorial-board editor Curtis Hubbard, who signed on with OnSight Public Affairs, which specializes in running the campaigns of Democrats like Gov. John Hickenlooper.
Hubbard’s departure placed conservative/libertarian Vincent Carroll in charge of the editorial page, much to the chagrin of Democrats. The liberal blog ColoradoPols was bereft after Hoover’s announcement, worried that his absence would push the newspaper to the right.
“The departure of Tim Hoover, former political reporter and by all estimations a fair and moderate member of the editorial board, is very likely to accelerate that conservative slant,” said Pols.
Yep, that’s the problem with the Post: its conservative slant. No further comment necessary.
Before progressives get too weepy, let’s remind them that Carroll appears to be the lone non-liberal on the board. Given the Post’s recent endorsement of Amendment 66, we don’t think there’s much danger of the newspaper’s editorial board morphing into that of the Wall Street Journal any time soon. Although we’d be fine with that.
And this: When “fair and moderate” reporters like Hoover jump ship for left-wing stews like the Colorado Fiscal Institute, we can’t help but wonder just how “fair and moderate” they were when they were writing for the Denver Post.
We’d feel better if Post editorial writers would just once leave for a job with an organization that doesn’t exist to promote the left, destroy the right, or elect Democratic candidates. We’re dreaming, of course, but the Post’s editors are also dreaming if they think these defections to the left aren’t hurting the paper’s credibility.