Dean Singleton still hates your stupid union

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The Denver Post, flagship paper for Dean Singleton's MediaNews chain, went on a blinding-mad rampage against Colorado's governor in a rare front-page editorial Nov. 4.

If there was any doubt in your mind that Dean "Pinkerton" Singleton hates labor unions, this should be enough to dispel it right away. In a 2003 profile of Singleton that appeared in the Columbia Journalism Review, Scott Sherman explains that Singleton receives regular calls from the Post's editorial-page editor to finalize the paper's opinion pieces before going to press.

But placing Singleton's deep animosity toward labor unions on the front page would make even William Randolph Hearst blush. Perhaps we shouldn't be surprised that they share similar qualities.

In the editorial, the Post decries Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter as "a toady for labor bosses" and "a bag man for labor unions." Ritter signed an executive order Nov. 2 giving unions that represent state employees official recognition and bargaining powers covering such crazy bullshit Communist principles like improved health care, wages and workplace safety.

A news story that ran in the Post shortly after the announcement implies bargaining will be a bad deal for state workers, and another suggested bidness would flee the state as a result of the decision, a common refrain from anti-union factions.

According to the editorial:

"When Coloradans elected Bill Ritter as governor, they thought they were getting a modern-day version of Roy Romer, a pro-business Democrat. Instead, they got Jimmy Hoffa. Ritter campaigned under the guise of a moderate "new Democrat" but now we know he's simply a toady to labor bosses and the old vestiges of his party — a bag man for unions and special interests. The governor on Friday unveiled his plan to drive up the cost of doing business in Colorado by forcing collective bargaining on thousands of state employees. We're concerned this may be the beginning of the end of Ritter as governor."

Singleton's MediaNews empire snapped up nearly every major newspaper in the Bay Area except the Chronicle last year in a complex series of buyouts. The union representing Oakland Tribune employees has since charged Singleton with trying to stamp out guild representation there.

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