Colorado Independent Editor Susan Greene appeared Friday morning on Democracy Now with hosts Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez, who are in Denver this weekend for the National Conference on Media Reform and broadcasting from Denver’s public-access Open Media Foundation studio. The three discussed the Colorado gun violence that has regularly made national headlines over the last few years and months, including the recent shooting of Tom Clements, head of the state’s department of corrections.
They also spoke briefly about the state of the news media in Colorado and the opportunity for non-mainstream outlets like The Colorado Independent to make a difference.
After The Rocky Mountain News closed in 2009, Greene said, “the climate and atmosphere at the [rival] Denver Post changed. It went from being a competitive newsroom with some energy to sort of like working in a bank… If you look at Colorado through the lens of our mainstream media, the view is about as accurate to Colorado as what Downton Abbey is to Yorkshire in the early 20th century.”