Thursday, December 27, 2007

Colorado Media Matters Exposes Charlie Brennan's Bias. Again.

Ah, bias. Remember way back when in November of 2005 when Charlie Brennan was FIRED for bias from the Ward Churchill smear campaign by his right-wing bosses at the Rocky Mountain News? The sordid tale is here at http://www.thebrennanfiles.wordpress.com/

Do you know how biased you have to be to get fired for bias by the Rocky Mountain News? Brennan, of course, eventually left the Rocky in disgrace for an even more degrading job as a Fox News reporter for Channel 31 KDVR in Denver. 31? Isn't that like UHF, or something?

For the second time in three months, Colorado Media Matters takes Brennan to the mat for the thinly-veiled propaganda he calls "reporting." The first time was in September. Why (other than Charlie's oh-so-willing bigotry) Fox News continues to employ the self-professed Quaker pacifist and "screaming left-wing liberal" is a mystery to me. He cannot get through a single broadcast without stumbling his lines or flailing like a puppet tangled in his strings. Plus, he looks bloated, like he can't control how much he eats. Or drinks. Maybe it's just all the forbidden words and emotions he keeps swallowing.

As the DNC nears, Colorado Media Matters will no doubt have plenty more of Charlie Brennan's lies to chew on and spit out. He certainly is the gift that just keeps on giving, as Fire Witch Rising's ample coverage has long since showed.


Fox 31 report on voting machines omitted former GOP secretary of state's role in certification problems

Summary: In reporting on Colorado Secretary of State Mike Coffman's (R) impending decision about the possible recertification of Colorado's electronic voting systems, Charlie Brennan of KDVR Fox 31 stated that "[a] lawsuit against the former Colorado secretary of state resulted in a judge's finding last year that Colorado had done an abysmal job of certifying its electronic voting systems." Brennan, however, did not identify the former secretary of state as Republican Gigi Dennis.

During a December 16 News at Nine O'Clock segment about an impending decision whether to recertify the security of Colorado voting machine systems, KDVR Fox 31 reported that "[a] lawsuit against the former Colorado secretary of state resulted in a judge's finding last year that Colorado had done an abysmal job of certifying its electronic voting systems." However, reporter Charlie Brennan failed to identify the "former Colorado secretary of state" as Republican Gigi Dennis.

Fox 31 anchor Leland Vittert introduced the segment by stating, "2008 will be an important year for Colorado voters. But one potential hurdle in the road is a looming decision about how we, right here in Colorado, will go about casting our votes." Brennan then reported on Colorado Secretary of State Mike Coffman's expected announcement about the electronic voting systems and "how many, if any, of the current systems he has recertified."

As Colorado Media Matters has noted (here, here, and here), the Rocky Mountain News reported that in 2006, "Dennis was sued by a group of 13 residents who alleged that the testing process was flawed and failed to prove that the electronic voting equipment was secure and accurate." The Denver Post reported that in his ruling, Judge Lawrence Manzanares found that "Dennis' office never created minimum security standards for the machines -- as required by state law." The Post further reported Manzanares' finding that under former Gov. Bill Owens' (R) administration, "the state did an 'abysmal' job of documenting testing during the certification process."

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