I’ll spare you a thinky spiel about the First Amendment and cut to the chase: Journalists aren’t just being iced out by the White House. There are enough efforts hindering reporters here in Colorado for all of us to start taking notice.
We are the people. In the dangerous, mythical and deliberate alternate reality that President Donald Trump, his regime and supporters are trying to impose on America, the nation has one hope: the press.
Journalists in The Denver Post newsroom spend their days in pursuit of the truth. There’s no political filter or agenda belying their printed words, just a desire to inform the public.
The mission of our profession is not to damage or attack anyone, but to inform our readers so they can make decisions based on the best information possible. If a public official does wrong and gets caught at it, we believe we best serve the people of our community by reporting on it in as much detail as possible.
Thomas Villanueva, the innocent bystander gravely wounded in a Feb. 5 shootout in which El Paso County Sheriff’s Deputy Micah Flick was killed, staged a protest with family members and friends outside the El Paso County Coroner’s Office.
Five years after a citizen initiative restricting city council’s ability to hold closed-door meetings passed by a landslide, council will ask voters in November: How about now?
Two protests will challenge attempts by El Paso County officials to seal autopsy reports for sheriff’s Deputy Micah Flick and suspected car thief Manuel Zetina, who were killed in a gunbattle in February.
Look to see if Randolph Romero has had a recent criminal case brought against him and you’ll be met with the official response “no such records exist.” That is a lie perpetrated by one of the many Colorado judges who have proved themselves far too willing to seal court cases, even cases where there is a legitimate public interest.
The case of a Denver Sheriff Department sergeant who was acquitted of assaulting an inmate has been sealed by the courts so the charge and other evidence has been hidden from public view.
What may surprise you is that under our state’s currently flawed campaign finance laws, it’s perfectly legal for some types of organizations to distribute campaign flyers anonymously – without any indication of who paid for them.