Twenty-two weeks since we’ve heard directly from Norton in The Post

Now wait a minute, you say, in The Post on Nov. 11, in the year 2009, there’s a quote attributed directly to Norton, not to one of her spokespeople or to a news release.  Norton was quoted as saying, “The very heart and soul of who we are as Americans is being eroded. We’re seeing Washington’s giant hand grabbing everything in sight.”

Yes, that’s a Norton quote, but alas the Nov. 11 quote is taken from a speech she gave at a Republican forum. The words went from Norton’s mouth to the ears of a reporter. But this doesn’t count, because it wasn’t a two-way communication, as far as I can tell. The reporter just quoted her speech.

So you have to go all the way back to October 4, 2009, to find a Post article containing words that came directly from Norton’s mouth into a reporter’s ears, in a two-way conversation.

That’s over 22 weeks since Norton has been quoted directly in The Post.  And since she launched her campaign back on Sept. 15, 2009, she’s been quoted in a two-way conversation a grand total of two times.

How many times has her spokespeople been quoted during the 22 weeks? Eleven times in the print edition. (See information on Bennet and Romanoff on a Feb. 24 post on

During Norton’s 22 quoteless weeks, reporters probably had no reason to talk to her directly, you’re probably thinking. Otherwise, why wouldn’t they just pick up the phone and ask for her?

Actually, Post reporters have had a string of excellent reasons to talk directly to Norton. Just today Talking Points Memo published a video in which Norton describes Social Security as Ponzi scheme. I’m sure there’s a few hundred thousand Coloradans curious to hear directly from Norton about what she means.

Post readers would also benefit from hearing from Norton about the gross misrepresentation or outright lie found in one of her first political ads. Denver’s FOX 31 (KDVR) aired an interview with Norton Tuesday, showing that she did not cut the budget of the Colorado Department of Health and Environment, as she claimed in a recent political advertisement.

Post readers also need to hear directly from Norton about these lingering questions:

 ·         Why does she favor the elimination of the Department of education? The Post tried to obtain a comment from Norton’s campaign on this, but was told by a spokesperson, “It’s a holiday. Nobody cares.” The spokesperson told The Post that Norton would address the issue after Jan. 1. That’s two-and-a-half months ago, and it appears The Post hasn’t followed up.
 ·         Why does she support a national sales tax and flat tax, and why does she think a
“simplified flat tax with exemptions for mortgages and charity” would be more viable than a pure flat tax? (The Post published a Norton statement about this on its blog but hasn’t questioned Norton directly.)
 ·         Why does she think health care reform is
unconstitutional? Not addressed in The Post.
 ·         On what basis does Norton think that the
“rights of terrorists are more important in this administration than the lives of American citizens”? This statement was quoted in an opinion column in The Post, but no reporter has asked Norton about it.
 ·         If she’s never been a lobbyist, as she’s claimed, what was she doing from 1994-1999 as head of the lobbying department of Medical Group Management Association (MGMA)?  An MGMA spokesman did
tell the Colorado Independent that Norton headed the organization’s lobbying department. In one instance, on Oct. 25, 2009, in an article about Norton’s ties to high-powered Republicans, like her brother-in-law Charlie Black who advised John McCain, The Post told readers that “Norton, through her spokesman, declined to comment.”

I actually don’t know why The Post hasn’t quoted Norton directly in 22 weeks (from her mouth to a reporter’s ears in a two-way conversation), and a Post spokesperson declined to comment for this blog post. All I can do is speculate.

But as more and more time goes by, and the good reasons to talk to Norton pile up, you have to think that Post reporters just aren’t doing their job to represent the public, at least in this case.

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