Vail Valley congressman: Demise of old media ‘mostly for the better’
VAIL, Colorado ” Vail Valley Democratic congressman Jared Polis has said online journalism is responsible for the demise of the Rocky Mountain News and other traditional news outlets, and that it’s “mostly for the better.”
The Denver Post reported Polis’ remarks Tuesday. He made them last weekend at an event sponsored by Netroots Nation, a progressive political group.
In a recording of his remarks, Polis says, “I have to say, that when we say, ‘Who killed the Rocky Mountain News,’ we’re all part of it, for better or worse, and I argue it’s mostly for the better.”
Polis also said, “The media is dead, and long live the new media, which is all of us.”
Polis also said at the event that bloggers and citizens journalists carry a new responsibility since they’re part of the reason for the media’s demise.
“We can’t just kill it and walk away,” he said. “It’s important for all of us to reach out to some of those . . . on the other side and present the progressive point of view,” he said.
John Temple, the former publisher and editor of the News, called Polis’ remarks misguided and that it was an example of the congressman’s poor judgment.
“The Rocky Mountain News was a pioneer in citizen journalism . . . and is an award-winning Internet newspaper.”
The News published its last edition Friday.
Later, Polis tempered his remarks, telling The Post the closure of the News cost 200 jobs and silenced a voice in the state.
A Polis spokeswoman did not immediately return a call for comment.
Polis was elected to his first term in November. An online entrepreneur, he made a fortune selling greeting cards and flowers on the Internet.