The Denver Post and Colorado Politics presented two different takes on U.S. Rep. Ken Buck’s comments urging at-risk Americans to take the COVID-19 vaccine.
The Post story would have us believe Buck thinks the COVID-19 vaccine is unsafe, but that’s not how Colorado Politics reports in the first sentence.
U.S. Rep. Ken Buck, the Windsor Republican who chairs the Colorado GOP, said Friday that he doesn’t intend to take the coronavirus vaccine out of concern over potential side effects but made clear in an interview with Colorado Politics that he believes the vaccine will save lives, and he isn’t suggesting others shouldn’t take it.
The Denver Post opened with Buck not taking the vaccine
after consulting with his doctor, and about two-thirds of the way through their report offered:
Buck praised the vaccine on social media and in remarks to The Denver Post on Friday, calling it “great” and “an absolute miracle” that will save lives. But on Fox Business, he voiced concerns about possible adverse side effects from it.
Buck is at the back of the line for vaccinations along with the rest of the general population.
If he’s not in any of the high-risk categories, then it’s his decision to make with his doctor whether the side effects pose a danger to the cancer survivor.
The Post is acting like he’s pushing some sort of conspiracy theory.
State Rep. Kyle Mullica, a Thornton Democrat and emergency room nurse who was vaccinated earlier this week, said Buck’s rhetoric harms the efforts of health care workers who are trying to get the coronavirus pandemic under control.
“It boggles the mind that at a time when elected officials like Ken Buck should be part of the solution in encouraging people to get vaccinated when they are able to, Buck is instead choosing to indulge the anti-science and anti-vaxxer wing of the GOP and spread unfounded fears about the vaccine,” he said in a statement.
It boggles the mind the Denver Post would seek out such divisive garbage.
The only rhetoric harming efforts to end the pandemic is what’s been carefully crafted here by the Denver Post.