The Denver Post and Colorado Politics presented two different views on US Representative Ken Buck’s comments calling for Americans at risk to take the COVID-19 vaccine.
The Post story leads us to believe Buck thinks the COVID-19 vaccine is unsafe, but that’s not how Colorado Politics reports in the first sentence.
U.S. Representative Ken Buck, the Windsor Republican chairman of the GOP in Colorado, said Friday that he did not intend to withdraw the coronavirus vaccine out of concern about possible side effects, but made it clear in an interview with Colorado Politics that he believed that the vaccine will save lives, and it does not suggest that others should not take it.
The Denver Post opened with Buck not taking the vaccine after consulting his doctor and about two-thirds of the way through their report offered:
Buck praised the vaccine on social media and in a comment to the Denver Post on Friday, calling it “great” and “an absolute miracle” that will save lives. At Fox Business, however, he raised concerns about possible adverse side effects.
Buck is at the forefront of vaccinations along with the rest of the population.
If he does not belong to any of the risk categories, he and his doctor will decide whether the side effects pose a risk to the cancer survivor.
The Post acts like he’s promoting some kind of conspiracy theory.
Rep. Kyle Mullica, a Thornton Democrat and emergency room nurse who was vaccinated earlier this week, said Buck’s rhetoric harms the efforts of healthcare workers trying to get the coronavirus pandemic under control.
“It puzzles the mind that at a time when elected officials like Ken Buck should be part of the solution to encourage people to get vaccinated when they are able, Buck opts for it instead, the anti – Science and anti-vaxxer wings of the GOP indulge in and spread unfounded fears about the vaccine, “he said in a statement.
It puzzles the mind that the Denver Post would seek such divisive garbage.
The only rhetorically damaging effort to end the pandemic is the one carefully crafted here by the Denver Post.