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Blacklists are back and the Democrats have got ’em: Because a bunch of local Aspen, Colorado, politicians dislike how the Aspen Times has been covering one story, they wrote a letter to that newspaper demanding it change its coverage and hire their preferred journalists or they would use their power to silence it.
From their letter, written to Robert Nutting, CEO of Ogden Newspapers which owns the Aspen Times:
Our faith in Ogden Newspapers is shattered and we are individually considering separate reactions as a result, including: directing our individual organizations to pull advertisements and notices from the paper; encouraging local businesses to do the same; refusing interviews with reporters at the Aspen Times; or calling for a community boycott of the paper.
To reinstate our trust in the Aspen Times, we would like to see clear action from Ogden Newspapers such as the following: reinstatement of Andrew Travers as the Editor in Chief; re-publication of Marolt’s June 10 column; a joint statement from Travers, Allison Pattillo, the publisher of the Times, and yourself, detailing the editorial freedom and standards of transparency that will be carried forward; and, public clarity about the settlement that was reached by Doronin’s lawsuit.
The subject of the dispute is somewhat complicated. The Aspen Times was only recently purchased by Odgen, a family-owned operation which appears to be mostly Republican in make-up. At the same time it is being sued by local businessman Vladislav Doronin for defamation because one of its articles suggested that he was working in league with Vladimir Putin. Travers was fired because the June 10th column discussed this lawsuit, after the new owners told the staff to refrain from any coverage of the story until the litigation was over.
This quote I think best summarizes the faction attacking the Aspen Times:
The letter-signers include all five county commissioners, the mayor and a former mayor, numerous city councilmen from Aspen, Snowmass and nearby Basalt, and the challenger to the Republican representative for the Congressional District that includes Aspen. Every single one is a Democrat, as are over 70% of Aspen residents.
For politicians to criticize a newspaper’s coverage is one thing. For them to use their positions of power in government to threaten that newspaper is quite another. It is not only a violation of the First Amendment, it is an totalitarian abuse of power that is fundamentally immoral.
That these politicians are all Democrats and the new owners of the newspaper are Republicans also suggests these goons want to destroy the newspaper not because of this particular story but because the newspaper might not be in their pocket. It might actually cover their actions honestly rather than covering up their bad behavior, as most leftists media outlets nationwide routinely do. Such reporting must be silenced!
This attempt at repression is also par for the course for today’s Democratic Party. If you do not kow-tow to its political will it will organize to silence and destroy you. Sadly, it is quite likely that the voters in Aspen will enthusiastically agree with this intolerant attempt at censorship. Ordinary Democrats no longer believe in free speech and open debate. Instead, they endorse blacklisting and oppression. And increasingly they do it with eagerness and glee.
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