Opinion

Local Colorado News Anchor Erupts Live on Air, Can’t Stand ‘Vile and Cruel’ Lauren Boebert Anymore

We need a little more of this from the news.

It seems that in Congresswoman Lauren Boebert’s home state of Colorado, not everyone is a fan. That includes Denver’s 9News anchor Kyle Clark, who had some pretty choice words for the freshman lawmaker after her recent outburst on the House floor.

“It’s time that we acknowledge something that may be obvious by now,” he said. “We hold Congresswoman Boebert to a far lower standard” than some other members of Congress, Clark complained. And then the veteran newsman didn’t hold back:

If we held her to the same standard as every other elected Republican and Democrat in Colorado, we would be here near-nightly chronicling the cruel, false and bigoted things that Boebert says for attention and fundraising.

This is not about politics ― assuming politics is still about things like taxes, national security, health care, jobs and public lands. This is about us, as journalists, recognizing that we’ll hold a politician accountable if they say something vile once, but we won’t do it if they do it every day.

This rant comes on the heels of Boebert accusing Democratic Congressman Eric Swalwell of sleeping with a Chinese spy — he once had a fling with someone long before he was married who the FBI later warned him may have been targeting him, and then reported her to authorities.

But she also attacked Minnesota’s Ilhan Omar, a Muslim Somali-American that countless Republicans have targeted, calling her a member of the “j*had squad.” She then repeated a debunked conspiracy theory that Omar had married her own biological brother.

As Clark pointed out later in his diatribe, briefly holding someone to account for only the most offensive thing they say in a news cycle, when they behave like that regularly — like Boebert, or Paul Gosar, or Marjorie Taylor Greene — is totally unfair to the lawmakers we elect from both parties who act with decency more often than not.

Watch:

Andrew Simpson
meet the author

Andrew is a dark blue speck in deep red Southwestern Arizona, writing with the conviction of 17 years at the keyboard and too much politics to even stand. When not furiously stabbing the keys on breaking news stories, he writes poetry, prose, essays, haiku, lectures, stories for grief therapy, wedding ceremonies, detailed instructions on making doughnuts from canned biscuit dough (more sugar than cinnamon — duh), and equations to determine the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow. A wife, three kids, and a grandson round out the story, and in his spare time, Andrew loves to think about how nice it would be to have spare time.

Comments

COMMENT POLICY: We have no tolerance for comments containing violence, racism, vulgarity, hard-core profanity, all caps, or discourteous behavior. Thank you for partnering with us to maintain a courteous and useful public environment!