Journalists should let us know more often when politicians are ducking them. Or when they only talk through spokespeople.
After a week or two goes by, and a public official still refuses to talk, reporters should tweet it, if nothing else.
On March 28, KNUS radio’s Steve Kelley and co-host Bill Rogan chose to talk openly about their difficulties landing Rep. Mike Coffman and Rep. Cory Gardner.
Kelley: Congressman Coffman and Gardner are not talking, apparently.
Rogan: Ducking us. And I don’t like that.
Kelley: Well, that’s what it feels like at this point. So we’ll give them one more day, and then look, the clubs are coming out.
Rogan: They’ll come on Saturday, and we’ll do a special edition of Kelley and Company, just to accommodate Coffman and Gardner.
Kelley: See, I don’t know.
Rogan: I’m not too happy with these two.
Kelley: At this point, I’m not either. We can say that. It’s a free country.
Strongly anti abortion, Kelley told me last week he’d been trying to reach both politicians since they flipped on personhood.
Gardner finally appeared on Kelley’s conservative talk show, “Kelley and Company,” last week. It turned out that Gardner had changed cell phones, and he shuffled press contacts, so it was all a misunderstanding, Kelley said on air.
Coffman, however, is still not returning calls from Kelley’s producer, Kelley said, noting that Rep. Diana DeGette and Sen. Mark Udall don’t return his calls either.
But Coffman’s lack of response surprises Kelley, who sees his conservative KNUS show as a friendly audience for Coffman, even if he asks a challenging question on occasion, Kelley told me.