Republican Senate Candidate Fails as Media Critic

Republican Senate candidate Jon Keyser is adopting the Douglas-Bruce style of media criticism.

You recall Bruce, who authored Colorado's TABOR amendment, once kicked a Rocky Mountain News photographer at the capitol.

The Denver Post reported in 2008:


"Bruce said he became frustrated as photographers from The Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News were crouched at his feet as he bowed his head in prayer. He asked them not to take his picture and kicked the Rocky photographer, Javier Manzano, in the knee when he did."

Keyser didn't kick, but he threatened a bite or two when he told Denver7's Marshall Zellinger:

Keyser: "He's a great dog. He's bigger than you are. He's huge. He's a big guy. Very protective."

At last night's Denver Post debate, Keyser continued to be a low-information media critic. After complimenting The Denver Post for its coverage of his campaign's forged ballot-access signatures, including one from a dead person, Keyser said:

Keyser:  "But frankly, there are a lot of media outlets in this state that have really done lots of heavy lifting, carried the water, for liberals on this to disguise Michael Bennet's record and get us talking about anything that doesn't involve Michael Bennet...

There's big problem here in the media, because, there's a double standard that exists. You know, frankly, I don't know of anybody jumping out of the bushes to ask Michael Bennet questions about Iran or his support of closing Guantanamo Bay...

If he continues to criticize the media, Keyser would do well to focus on very specific facts and stay away from misinformation and dogs and threats.

For example, no one needed to jump out of the bushes to ask Bennet about Iran, because he took questions about it.

Denver7's Marshall Zelinger only went to Keyer's home, and rang the doorbell, after Keyser refused to return Zelinger's phone calls for days.

If Keyser, who hopes to unseat Democrat Michael Bennet, keeps going after reporters like he's doing, he risks creeping into the media's doghouse. And no candidate wants to be there.