Denver Is An Armed Camp.


“If you don’t read the newspaper you are uninformed,
if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed.” Mark Twain

Most often, the misinformation comes less in what is reported than in what is withheld. I’m never quite sure what it is about Democrat policies and politics that requires the mainstream media in general, and the Oregonian in particular, to bury, burnish or belabor particular events to enhance the image of Democrats individually or collectively.

Last week, the Oregonian did a “by the numbers” comparison of the Democrat National Convention (Denver) and the Republican National Convention (St. Paul/Minneapolis).

In that article the Oregonian reported that there were 50,000 protestors expected for the Republican convention and since there was no mention of any number for the Democrats, we are left to assume that none were coming.

The Oregonian noted that there would be 900 extra police from neighboring communities for the DNC convention. In contrast, it reported that there would be 3500 officers from 90 state and local agencies for the RNC convention.

And finally, the Oregonian reported that the RNC convention would cost $34 million to pay all of the law enforcement officers and another $16 million to train them. No costs were reported for the DNC convention so we are left to assume that it was free.

If all you read was the Oregonian’s article you would come to the conclusion that the Democrat National Convention would be a peaceful gathering to anoint the Chosen One, Barack Obama, and the Republican National Convention would be a display of police and military might designed to roll over the citizens and impose John McCain on unwary voters.

But, I just happened to be in Denver this past weekend. No, not to attend the DNC convention but, rather, to attend my granddaughter’s first birthday. So let’s put the lie to the Oregonian’s story.

Denver is an armed camp.

Denver International Airport which is generally security conscious on a slow day was overrun with police and federal agents — some with dogs, some with devices that did “God knows what” and the remainder constantly sweeping the horde of people entering and exiting the tunnels that lead to the airport’s three terminals. The television stations and the local newspaper, The Rocky Mountain News, spent inordinate amounts of time reporting on the security for the Democrat National Convention. The television stations showed pictures of the opening days activities with police standing three deep and the street’s lined with police vehicles. Another station showed the six to eight foot steel mesh fences being erected around convention sites — these weren’t the ticky-tacky fences around a construction site, these were serious barriers meant to both control and resist the movement of people.

The Rocky Mountain News reported that size of the Denver police force doubled with the assistance of 1500 additional officers from 52 law enforcement agencies around the nation. (Nearly double the number reported by the Oregonian) That brought the total number of just police officers to nearly 3,000 and that doesn’t count federal officers or troops. Added together, the number of law enforcement personnel in Denver for the DNC convention is roughly equivalent to the number that will be on hand in Minneapolis/St. Paul for the RNC convention. But then reporting parity would not have built the phony contrast that the Oregonian wished to portray.

There were so many protestors in Denver that they have set aside specific times and places for the variety of different protests (anti-war, anti-nuclear, anti-business, anti-growth, anti-everything — oh, yes, and the Nude at Noon demonstration.) I don’t know whether there will be five thousand or fifty thousand protestors in Denver but the Oregonian chose to ignore the fact that there would be protestors at all. I don’t know whether there will be fifty thousand protestors in Minneapolis/St. Paul but then again, neither does the Oregonian but it didn’t prevent them from writing it any way. Given the Oregonian’s reputation for exaggeration (remember its claims about people dying in the streets and schools closing if taxes weren’t increased) I doubt that there will be fifty thousand protestors but I do assume that there will be roughly the same number of protestors at the RNC convention as are at the DNC convention — in large part because they will probably be the same collection of goof balls, nihilists and thrill seekers at both conventions.

And finally, according to Security Solutions (securitysolutions.com) Denver received $50 million in federal funds to pay for security for the DNC convention — precisely the same amount the Oregonian reported for the RNC convention.

The truth of the matter is that the security arrangements for both conventions are virtually identical. Both parties and both cities are exercising the type of prudence expected to maximize the maintenance of peace and orderliness. Both conventions are likely to experience the same attempts to disrupt their respective proceedings, and both conventions are determined to maintain order.

The Oregonian had access to the same information I did, it simply chose not to report it, preferring instead to try to shape the news to favor the Democrats or impugn the Republicans. It isn’t a big deal but it is demonstrative of the bias that is so evident in today’s media. The Oregonian continues to lose readers and subscribers at an increasing rate and precisely for these reasons. But then again, for the Oregonian politics always comes before news or common sense.

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  • Jerry

    There is nothing new about the Oregonian lying. However, it is good to continue to point out just how dishonest they are.

    I am very happy to see their revenues decline, their readership decline, and the quality of their “reporting” decline. It is what they deserve. The market ALWAYS corrects.

  • Anonymous

    Yet many of our local progressives are forever condeming the O for not being “progressive” enough.
    Just yesterday a I read in a popular Blue blog a claim that the O was “obviously in the tank for McCain”

    The paper gets regular emails from lefties making these claims which enable the paper to play the typical game of “we get crap from both sides so we must be in the middle.”

    The O is such lefty rag, on issue after issue, that any feedback from the left claiming otherwise is simply more lefty disorder and dihonesty.

  • Britt Storkson

    With any exchange of information it’s always what THEY DON’T TELL YOU that’s the problem, not what they do tell you. With the mainstream media one can pretty much bet that if the story is informative and of interest to a majority of the public it probably won’t get reported. Once in awhile they will correctly report something of common interest but it’s only to look legitimate, not to inform or enlighten.

    I’m very thankful that we have the alternative media because while I don’t agree with them all of the time at least they don’t lie to us!

  • Crawdude

    The O is laying off 100 full time workers…………that about 20% of it full time force. Its closed its Gresham office a couple months ago.

    I for one am happy to watch it fail, much like Air America, liberal media even bores liberals to death!

  • At the convention

    I’ve been in Denver since Sunday. I have not seen a protest or protester and it’s Wednesday. The officers are like Denver tour guides, giving direstions, calling shuttles to pick up convention attendees and always always wishing individuals a warm welcome to Denver. The bus drivers welcome everyone and the volunteers welcome everyone, it is a friendly city enjoying their guests this week. I saw one drug sniffing dog late at night when I was returning to the hotel late riding the light rail system with my free 5 day pass donated by PacificCorp. The officer and Fido quickly checked the area and waved the train forward. I find the security on par with London security, it is there but not so noticiable..a far cry from Larry’s opinion.

    • Crawdude

      The hard-core left vowed to turn out 50,000 protesters for the Democratic National Convention this week. They pledged to ‘Re-create ’68’ and cause the kind of tear-gas-infused revolutionary havoc that marked the DNC in Chicago four decades ago. Police prepared for the worst riots. Media from around the world anticipated the best pictures. But when rhetorical push came to real-life shove, the nostalgic, Marx-adoring organizers of Re-create ’68 seem to have mustered no more than, oh, 68 bodies.”

      I am doing everything I can to campaign for Senator Obama. I think it’s fair to say that I have done more, as Senator Rich said, in a relatively short period of time, on behalf of my opponent, than probably anyone else has.” -Hillary Clinton, who still calls Barack “my opponent”

      “Obama wanted to gave himself a boost riding into Denver. But his shot in the arm only put a bullet in his foot. Obama-Biden? These guys are gonna be more laughs than Tom and Jerry.”

      From the “Top Ten Ways to Make the Democratic Convention More Fun”: Every night, one lucky lady gets to go home with John Edwards; In honor of party mascot, serve assortment of delicious donkey and mule treats; Special appearance by the exhumed remains of Lyndon Johnson; Give John Kerry’s crazy wife five minutes to say whatever she wants; Kick things off with a song from Dennis Kucinich; Try to squeeze Al Gore into the same suit he wore at the 2000 convention.

      John McCain is an older, white-haired man who has been in the Senate for over 20 years, voted for the Iraq War, and said Barack Obama did not have the experience to be president. I’m sorry, that’s our intro for next week when Joe Biden is on, I got confused.

    • Anonymous

      “I have not seen a protest or protester and it’s Wednesday.”

      that’s because they’re cordoned off out of sight of the convention

      “The officers are like Denver tour guides”

      Unless you’re a protester outside the approved protest zone or a homelss person

      “I find the security on par with London security”

      Yeah, London Security the day after the train bombing.

      Larry’s “opinion” is not an opinion, it’s an observation. I have friends in Denver and they concur. Cops and barricades everywhere and protesters galore.

      • Martha

        Yup. There has been tons of video available online. Some of it pretty disturbing, like the Code Pink (activist organization that documents interactions between police and protestors) girl being cracked in the throat or head, its hard to tell it happens so fast, by a police officer for what appears to be no other reason than she verbally stood up to him. Denver was decked out in black dressed officers newly outfitted with 50 million federal dollars worth of equipment and they took a very aggressive position with protestors.

        I find this highly disturbing actually. It is important to note the difference between a well trained and equipped police force, ‘standing guard’ so to speak, keeping the peace, keeping protesters out of traffic, ready to step in if any violence starts, and what the Denver police (and national guard) were doing, which was highly aggressive and ‘interventionist’. Immediately herding people (protesters and nonprotesters alike) into holding areas where there were no facilities and they were not allowed to leave from, pushing people out into the street purposely so they could be arrested (happened to an ABC producer documented on video) everything enforced with frightening behavior on the part of police, which denotes a serious lack of respect for the protesters to me, and a lot of pepper spray, “man handling”, rubber bullets, and stun guns, oh and lets not forget the M-13s and other military style automatic and semi automatic weapons hanging around the necks of the guys just behind the first line of officers with the batons and pepper spray.

        Yeah, it was practically Mayberry.

      • Martha

        Yup. There has been tons of video available online. Some of it pretty disturbing, like the Code Pink (activist organization that documents interactions between police and protesters) girl being cracked in the throat or head, its hard to tell it happens so fast, by a police officer for what appears to be no other reason than she verbally stood up to him. Denver was decked out in black dressed officers newly outfitted with 50 million federal dollars worth of equipment and they took a very aggressive position with protesters.

        I find this highly disturbing actually. It is important to note the difference between a well trained and equipped police force, ‘standing guard’ so to speak, keeping the peace, keeping protesters out of traffic, ready to step in if any violence starts, and what the Denver police (and national guard) were doing, which was highly aggressive and ‘interventionist’. Immediately herding people (protesters and nonprotesters alike) into holding areas where there were no facilities and they were not allowed to leave from, pushing people out into the street purposely so they could be arrested (happened to an ABC producer documented on video) everything enforced with frightening behavior on the part of police, which denotes a serious lack of respect for the protesters to me, and a lot of pepper spray, “man handling”, rubber bullets, and stun guns, oh and lets not forget the M-13s and other military style automatic and semi automatic weapons hanging around the necks of the guys just behind the first line of officers with the batons and pepper spray.

        Yeah, it was practically Mayberry.

  • Jerry

    But did you see John Edwards??

    • Crawdude

      I think I saw him go into a Motel 6 on 82nd……

  • dean

    Do any Catalyst partcipants recall that the Oregonian endorsed George Bush for president in 2000? Maybe they are just trying to make up for that disaster.

    And ALL big city print newspapers are laying off, though readership, if you count on line is way up. THey just don’t make much money yet from on-line advertising.

    Careful what you wish for. If we lose all the actual reporters, and are left with bloggers, we will have lots of opinions searching for actual news to opinionate on.

    • Not Your Pal

      Yes Dean – The BOREGONIAN DID ENDORSE BUSH IN 2000; but you forgot the several dozen DEMOCRATS they have endorsed since that time for all the other State and Federal Offices – including the current excuse for a Governor and that windbag Ron Wyden.

  • Rupert in Springfield

    Gee, the media biased? Who’d have thunk it.

    Well, they dug their own grave. Yep, sure, they endorse a republican every now and then but that is only to maintain the slimmest veneer of credibility.

    Frankly I like that they have become so biased it is obvious to anyone who is not a Daily Kos fanatic.

    Newspapers are dying, in part from their bias, but largely due to the internet. People just simply don’t have to buy them.

    The big key is network news. Its down too with nowhere near the market share it once had. That one is a little harder to blame on the internet. When you have shows like 60 Minutes going in the tank for the Dems as they did with Kerry with non reporting of the Swift Boat story and twice reporting Bush’s national guard issue, culminating with out and out lying with Dan Rather, you have a problem. Its a shame. 60 Minutes used to be one source everyone felt was unimpeachable. Not so anymore. Pretty sad for both the show, and Don Hewitt, the producer, a man at one point I had some admiration for.

    • dean

      Cable did to network news what the internet did to newspapers. That plus huge cutbacks in staffing due to lack of profit from news gathering. Networks are in the entertainment business, not the news business, and when they recognized that they squeezed their news teams dry.

      There was no “Swift Boat story” Rupert. There was a pack of lies and innuendos. Unfortunately the big lie worked.

      • Rupert in Springfield

        >Cable did to network news what the internet did to newspapers.

        Well, if that makes you feel better go with it. The fact is despite how much the left hates it none of that explains the success of Fox news in comparison to the other networks. The problem is you cant have virtually all of your reporters be Democrats and not have it affect the reporting of the news. I don’t think anyone would argue that its become especially blatant in the past few years. Obama on the cover of Time something like 7 times this year? Give me a break.

        >There was no “Swift Boat story” Rupert. There was a pack of lies and innuendos.

        Sure there was. There was a fairly significant group of credible veterans who served with Kerry who said he was full of crap in a lot of his recounting of events. I cannot think of a single innuendo in the whole thing, they were very direct in what they said. Some of those stories we know to be true because the Kerry camp had to change their line a few times after they were found out.

        One thing is for sure, if they were a lie the press would have gleefully reported on it and handed Kerry the election. They didn’t, instead choosing to make fools of themselves with the Bush national guard document story, which was proven to be a lie. Which I guess kind of proves me original point. Hey, that’s kinda neat.

        • dean

          Rupert..not to re-litigate the Swift boat nonsense here, but only one of the 250 signees served with Kerry on his boat, and he was not even there when Kerry did the deeds that earned him his medals, including his purple hearts, mocked by Republicans at the 04 convention who wore purple bandages.

          One other Swift Boat member served on a boat alongside Kerry’s and praised Kerry’s service that earned him the Silver Star. The rest were nowhere in the vicinity when Kerry was. Several were his superiors who praised him up and down and put him in for the medals themselves during the war.

          Esentially, what the vast majority of the Swift boat signers took exception to was Kerry’s testimony after his service to Congress, in which he disparaged the war and mentioned atrocities committed by American troops, which he had not witnessed himself but had been told about by other vets. Some of those atrocities were probably manufactured in the minds of those vets, but others are well documented. Kerry contributed to the problem by not forcefully standing up for what he said to Congress. He tried to keep the focus on his service rather than his post-service actions, when the truth is both took a lot of personal courage.

          The press did what they usually do. They reported on the Swift boat “story” as a “he said she said.” They did not dig down and call BS on it until the damage was done. Karl Rove’s strategy is to take aim at whatever the percieved strength of the opponent is, and he is willing to spread lies to do so. he did it to Ann Richards in 92 (lesbian,) to McCain in 2000 (meshugena due to his imprisonment,) and to Kerry in 04 (he didn’t earn his medals). He and his disciples are trying to do the same to Obama (big crowds, must think he is special or something,) and the BS is flowing. Anything to detract from the actual issues facing the nation, which the Republicans cannot win on because they are on the wrong side of the majority.

          Maybe this time the American people won’t fall for it, but I am not optimistic.

          As for the larger issue, sure, most reporters probably lean left, as do most college educated people from liberal arts fields. And yes, Fox news managed to capture a right-leaning audience that wanted to hear a reflection of their own view of the world. I have no problem with that. Its like moving to a neighborhood or town that shares your values. But Fox news only has a small and declining fraction of the American people as viewers or listeners. And reality is what it is, doesn’t matter who reports on it. Declining economy, deteriorating infrastructure, troubled climate, mounting debt, unresolved wars, and so forth. I don’t care who reports on it. Facts are facts. And facts are not aligned with your team’s political prospects. So the subject has to be changed, and that is what Fox news is doing.

  • Anonymous

    “Do any Catalyst partcipants recall that the Oregonian endorsed George Bush for president in 2000? ”

    No dean we didn’t know that. The last 500 times some nitwit liberal tossed that out as some neutralizer to the O’s daily barage of progressive favoritism it didn’t sink in.

    That’s for adding the 501 time, fool.

  • TR

    Isn’t it interesting that with all the green and change rhetoric (including transparency) being spewed around, a TV news reporter following the (green) money trail is arrested by a stogie smoking law officer while standing on the public sidewalk in front of a lavish closed door elitist social gathering sponsored by corporate lobbyists where there is free flowing golden liquor at open bars and complementary gourmet food being consumed by the high ranking old guard party members who can pull the strings for their hosts. All the while the rank and file working class delegates are dining on overpriced $7.00 hot dogs at the Pepsi center, with their only choice being the condiments. What a show force by the so-called “party of the people” demonstrating how in actuality, “change” equates to exclusivity for the upper echelon of the party with a top down movement towards socialism that includes higher taxes; limiting individual lifestyle, housing and transport choices for average Americans; and more government control and regulation over the daily lives of the working class – all in the name of green (rhetoric) of course.

  • Rupert in Springfield

    Gee, another history lesson from Dean. Verbose, but again making my point. Gee, isn’t it weird the press always stops and calls it “he said she said” when its a democrat, and when its a republican, say with national guard service issues, they do two 60 minutes stories? Wow, I wonder why that is?

    Lets see…..more history lesson……blah blah blah…..oh, another EEEeeeevile Karl Rove thing, ok good, I just love SATAN.

    Oh wow, Ann Richards lesbian?…..wow, ok, so Dean has never been to Texas, that’s interesting.

    We are all well acquainted with Kerry’s fabrications and the Swift boat veterans calling him on it. Its good that you admit the press did not really investigate this story, that’s true. They didn’t dig because obviously they were pretty scared what they would find wouldn’t make Kerry look too good. When you have a guy who throws his medals over a fence, and then tries to pull the lame excuse that they weren’t his, they were someone else’s you know you have a clumsy liar, at best, on your hands. Dig too deep and you will probably find more, thus the press wasn’t about to touch the Swift Boat story in an investigative manner with a ten foot pole.

    You are going to have a pretty tough row road to hoe if you are going to seriously try and make anyone believe that a press that would report endlessly on the Bush National guard story, and the fabricated letter to go along with it, somehow just happened to miss the Swift boat veterans. To miss the disparity in investigation of the two stories would be absurd. Most people got it, and could draw the obvious conclusion about Kerry and his war hero legend. Kerry lied about others to make himself look good. That much is not in dispute by anyone. Apparently enough felt the behaviour so despicable that they didn’t buy the war hero image they were sold. Good for them.

    Oh, and by the way, I probably know half the lesbians in Texas. I even wound up in a six year relationship with one, of the biblical kind. Yep, I got a lesbian to fall off the wagon, buy a house with me and get crazy. Yep, that’s a true story. I guess I am just that good. You know what else, I never heard any of the lesbians I knew in Texas going on about Richards and this BS lesbian thing you are bringing up. Anyone in Texas will tell you that Richards lost because she kind of sat back and almost didn’t run at all.

    Ok, its coming up on noon, I have my Karl Rove black satanic candles lit, my evil Satan incense burning and now its time to chant and prey to the almighty Satan Goat God that is Karl Rove.

    • dean

      A good summary of Rove’s tactics, including the Richards and McCain rumor mongering, is at: https://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200411/green/3

      Factual correcion. Dean has been to Texas, briefly, over 20 years ago, visiting a relative and touring around. He was not much impressed with the scenery or cultural attributes and never returned.

      You did not bother to actually respond to the actual Swift boaters problem. They did not serve with him Rupert. Therefore, they were in no position to dispute his service. It was a total load of crap.

      In the case of Bush and the national guard, it was not “the media” that ran a partially false story based on a forged document. It was one TV network. And even their key point that there exists no documentation that Bush reported for duty over his last year of service, other than a dental exam is not in dispute. Was too much made of this by democrats? Yes, I think so. But faced with constant charges of our side was less patriotic, and given the unecesary war Bush waltzed us into, it was understandable that we assumed an actual war medal winner would match up well against a stateside playboy flyboy. And politics is not beanbag, as Obama and hopefully McCain are about to find out. If one side is basing their campaign on lies about your candidate, then answer with lies about theirs. Lesson learned.

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