We at Cheap Seats don’t pay much attention to 5280 magazine unless we’re suddenly overcome by a burning desire to know who makes the best French fries or dim sum in Denver.
But even casual observers couldn’t help but notice how the magazine’s editors bent over backwards to ignore conservatives in the December cover story, “The Colorado Woman.”
The issue includes a glowing profile of Hickenlooper chief-of-staff Roxane White, throwing in for good measure the standard outrage over the so-called “wage gap” between men and women earners (Note to 5280 editors: It may shock you to learn that many women drop out of the workforce for years to stay home with children, which largely accounts for the gap. You’re welcome).
The article even takes the reader on a trip back in time in order to dig up paleo-lefty Pat Schroeder for “an open letter to the women of Colorado.”
But the magazine’s bias is most glaring in its interview with female Colorado Supreme Court justices. Of course, we assumed that meant Chief Justice Nancy Rice and Justices Allison Eid and Monica Marquez.
There’s just one problem: Eid is a conservative. Not to worry: Rather than acknowledge the existence of one conservative woman in the state of Colorado, 5280 decided to limit its article to female chief justices, which meant Rice and former Chief Justice Mary Mullarkey, who retired three years ago but was a dependable liberal vote during her years on the court. Crisis averted!
Anyone reading the issue would assume that no Republican or conservative women hold positions of power or engage in any sort of leadership activity in Colorado. There is a grudging mention in tiny print of University of Denver alum Condoleezza Rice’s appointment as the first black female Secretary of State.
So, just to be clear: If you’re a liberal “educational activist,” you get a big photo and write-up, but if you’re a conservative, you have to be United States Secretary of State to receive any ink from the arbiters of who’s important at 5280.
Hey, liberals: Way to keep conservative women hidden in the kitchen!
We have to wonder: Have the 5280 editors ever heard of Michelle Malkin? Gale Norton? Amy Oliver Cook? Kristin Strohm? Suzanne Staiert? Kelly Maher? Debbie Brown? Jane Norton? Laura Carno? Meghann Silverthorn? Pam Benigno? Peggy Littleton? Barbara Kirkmeyer? Krista Kafer? We could go on, but we’ve made our point (and we apologize in advance to the many outstanding conservative women leaders we’ve omitted due to space considerations).
That doesn’t even include the 11 Republican women in the state House and Senate, or many of the Colorado women who were movers and shakers in this year’s historic recall elections, which was only the biggest political story of the year.
Of course, we doubt any of that will impress the urbane crew at 5280, especially since the December issue also includes an article entitled, “Hudak Resignation Changes Almost Nothing.” Keep telling yourself that, liberals.
“Colorado women know no good comes from caring too much about what others think or say—or about what they do with their own lives,” says the magazine.
Nobody fits that description better than Colorado’s conservative women, who are inevitably targeted for special derision by the left. Fortunately, they’re tough—too tough to be bothered by 5280’s predictable slight.