THE DENVER POST
Americans deserve much better
than the biased, incompetent
The Denver Post in the fall of 2002 attempted to assassinate the character
of Congressman Tom Tancredo, a strong immigration reduction advocate and
chairman of the House Immigration Reform Caucus. Although few
newspapers today provide objective reporting on mass immigration, these
writings are reminiscent of the unsubstantiated, biased, and flamboyant
reporting style known as 'yellow
In this incident The Denver
Post, in collusion with the Mexican Consulate, featured an front-page
article of illegal alien Jesus Apodaca who publicly called for U.S.
shift scare educational funds away from the children of US citizens to
subsidize the college education
costs for illegal aliens.
In the article Jesus openly declared himself an illegal alien. As a
result of the brazen flaunting of American law, Rep. Tancredo (CO-6)
subsequently inquired with the INS about US immigration law enforcement.
The Denver Post then initiated a
Congressman in a lop-sided series of front page articles and editorials.
It would be a stretch to call these articles - alleging hypocrisy,
immorality, and impropriety - "journalism". None of this one-sided
coverage addressed the negative impacts of 8 to 11 million illegal
aliens living in America, which have been ignored by the paper for years.
Not a comprehensive list, here are a few samples of
the yellow articles from The
Denver Post staff.
September 19, 2002 article entitled
Illegal labor aided Tancredo Denver
Post writer Michael Riley tried to smear Rep. Tancredo as an employer of
illegal aliens when in fact the illegal aliens submitted fraudulent
identification to the contractor. "You can be sued under the Civil
Rights Act if you go out and ask people who have been hired by someone
else if they are here illegally or not," Tancredo said.
The zeal of The Denver Post to focus on
Representative Tancredo instead of the greater problem of the negative
impacts of illegal immigration is all too prevalent with this biased,
In a vile column
entitled Moral talk is cheap; so is
labor Denver Post columnist Diane Carman continues the Tancredo
smear campaign with "You can't reap the benefits of a dishonest system and
still claim to be an honest man." Because of the prevalence of
illegal alien workers in the US that allegation makes every American
dishonest. When will The Denver Post help eliminate that dishonest
- In a September 20,
2002 article entitled National GOP
scurries from Tancredo's stance by
writer Michael Riley, The Denver Post tries to
marginalize Rep. Tancredo with "The national Republican Party moved
rapidly Thursday to distance itself from Rep. Tom Tancredo on immigration
issues, fearing that controversies swirling around his views may spoil
efforts to woo Hispanic voters." Although unscientific, there was
overwhelmingly support for the congressman's position as evidenced by the
- In an editorial entitled Remodel the
attitude The Denver Post continued the name-calling vendetta against
- "Indeed, the Littleton Republican merits a place in
the Guinness Book of Records for taking to a new level the ancient
political ritual of podiophagy (our own coinage, from the Greek, for
eating your foot)."
- "The Great Xenophobe's embarrassing situation only
serves to underscore the American public's schizophrenic attitudes on
illegal immigration: We demand secure borders and hector the government
to "send 'em all back" - but we look the other way when we are the
beneficiaries of the clandestine immigrants' cheap labor."
At the end of the same editorial The Denver
Post offered their solution to the illegal immigration problem --- promote
more illegal immigration with an amnesty for illegal aliens:
- "He might also consider offering legislation to obviate the need for
illegal immigration by creating a "guest worker" program that would make
legitimate the foreign-born workers who are so critical to the American
Two points below support the allegation of
The Denver Post slant and public support for Congressman Tancredo:
- Dave Kopel, agreeing with the lop-sided
coverage, in a September 29, 2002 Rocky
Mountain News article, wrote:
controversy was legitimate news, but the stories were quite slanted. The
Post - besides quoting the parties involved (Tancredo, the Apodacas, and
the INS) - offered six paragraphs reporting on the views of people who
disagreed with Tancredo, and a single paragraph from one Tancredo
supporter (Sept. 13). The News (Sept. 14) devoted 19 paragraphs to
criticism of Tancredo by Democrats and a Libertarian, compared to four
paragraphs of support from one Republican party official."
- Despite the tirade of
Post's writings, results of a Denver Post poll shown below indicate
overwhelming support (96% favorable) for Rep. Tom Tancredo and his
contention that immigration laws must be enforced.
What's your view of U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo?
Votes = 27163
Somewhat favorable (2717)
heard of him before now (32)
Somewhat unfavorable (28)
It is normal to feel compassion for this
honor student who has been here illegally for a long time and it may not be
fair to single out one person. However, it is unfair that this illegal
alien publicly flaunts the law and wants scare financial resources taken
away from the education of American citizen's children. It is unfair
that 8-11 million illegal aliens are negatively impacting our schools,
health care, and environment. It is unfair that The Denver Post
promotes illegal immigration and conducts smear campaigns.
The issue is to whom fairness is due -- citizens or
illegal aliens. And remember, too, it was the Mexican Consulate and
The Denver Post who made Jesus Apodaca the poster child of illegal aliens.
Allowing any illegal alien, including Jesus Apodaca, to remain in the U.S.
is unfair to American citizens and he
should be deported as required by law.
If he is unfairly deported, blame The Denver Post.
The Denver Post
consistently promotes illegal
immigration and advocates benefits for illegal aliens
including college subsidies,
drivers licenses, foreign identification acceptance, and amnesties,
over the welfare of American
citizens who bear the consequences and costs.
The Denver Post
shows its bias by usually calling
illegal aliens "undocumented" which is just
politically correct nonsense.
There is a rapidly growing rage in America
over the consequences of unbridled mass immigration including, immigration
law non-enforcement, ethnic vote pandering politicians, lower wages brought
about by an over-supply of cheap labor, 715,000 foreigners still working in
the US under H-1B visas, school overcrowding, traffic congestion, the health
care crisis, environmental degradation, and social tension. If you
agree that it is time to stop the invasion, if you agree that it is time for
welfare of Americans to take priority over the welfare of illegal aliens,
then it is time for you to make your thoughts heard regarding The Denver
Chairman of The Media News Group, was quoted as saying "I like great
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