I am completely horrified at the rampant media bias present in coverage of the DNC in Denver. Time and again, a crucial fact has been overlooked, out of either ignorance or malice: the existence of the National Hockey League, which uses the Pepsi Center — site of the convention — for the Colorado Avalanche. Some brief examples of anti-NHL bias, of which there are many:
- Larry King on CNN, Monday: “Live shot of Denver, Colorado. Events that took place at the Pepsi Center there where the Denver Nuggets of the NBA play basketball …”
- Katie Couric, CBS Evening News, Monday: “There are press secretaries in the showers, even the sauna has been transformed into an office. But when it’s all over, the whole massive arena goes back to the Denver Nuggets.”
- Wolf Blitzer on CNN, Sunday: “You’re looking at live pictures of the Pepsi Center here in Denver, Colorado. Normally, the Denver Nuggets would be playing basketball here. Not this week. The Democrats — they have their convention inside. We’re inside.” [Note to Wolf: the NBA season begins October 28.]
- Even the hometown media forgets, writing a piece titled: “How is the DNC like a Denver Nuggets game?”
Look, it’s not like the Avalanche are a bad team — they’ve won two Stanley Cups and eight division championships since 1995. (The Nuggets have zero championships, zero conference titles, and one division championship in the same time frame. Actually, they’ve never won an NBA championship, or even appeared in the finals, ever.) Some respect for this major American sports league, please.