"Dunlap 'full clemency' ad abandons reality," is by the Denver Post Editorial Board.
Criticizing the governor over his handling of the Dunlap case and his position on the death penalty is fair game. Claiming he has threatened to release a mass murderer onto the streets is utter fiction. And yet some viewers no doubt end up believing it.
To be clear, Hickenlooper's opponent, Republican Bob Beauprez, had nothing to do with the ad. Moreover, Beauprez himself has been the target of sleazy ads from outside groups that falsely characterize his stewardship of Heritage Bank before it was sold in 2007, when there is no evidence that his role with that bank was anything but honorable.
However, the claim that the governor supports a policy that could release a mass murderer may take the cake for this political season's whoppers. And even "whopper" may be too kind a word. More like a malicious falsehood.