Editor’s note: This letter was sent last week, before the Collegian published today’s feature on Bob Beauprez.
Like any typical day, I like to enjoy a good read before class, and my choice is always the Collegian. Not just for the Sudoku puzzle or to read Ram Talk hoping to get a new Chuck Norris joke, but I more often than not read the Collegian front to back and save those wonderful puzzles for class itself.
But lately I have become angry with the paper. Everything is Bill
Ritter this, Bill Ritter that, one can’t but wonder: Is our paper turning into Fox News (a major one-sided news station) or is my imagination running rampant? So, I find myself neither a Democrat nor a Republican but have voted both Democrat and Republican in the past.
I am currently in John Straayer’s state and local government class and was there to witness Bill Ritter speak to our class. Not many people know that a week before this visit from Ritter, Republican candidate Bob Beauprez was also there to speak to the class. Not many people knew because Beauprez did not get the coverage by the Collegian that Bill Ritter received.
I thought I was going crazy so I asked Henry Howard, a business major here at CSU, what he thought. He said he not only does the puzzle, but is an avid reader of the Collegian articles as well. “I have not read or noticed anything on Bob Beauprez in this week’s or prior weeks’ papers, but have read an awful lot on Bill Ritter,” Howard said.
Also, when asked if he knew that Beuaprez came to CSU a week ago he responded, “I had no idea that he came.”
So here is my dilemma: For many students, the Collegian is their only news source. If the Collegian chooses to highlight one candidate and none of the other candidates, even third-party candidates, how are the students supposed to hear both sides of the issues?
It’s not just Bill Ritter, but even third party candidate, Paul Fiorino, got more press than the others. If Ryan Chapman was still writing his Wednesday column, I know he would have said something about this so I wouldn’t have to. I guess for the Collegian to recognize you, you had to have gone here (Ritter) or taught here (Fiorino) to be paper-worthy.