Skip to main content
  1. News
  2. Politics
  3. Policy & Issues

Denver Post scrubs 'socialist' from profile of Arapahoe High School shooter

See also

An article originally published at the Denver Post on Friday cited a classmate who described Karl Pierson, the alleged Arapahoe High School shooter, as a "very opinionated Socialist." But the paper edited the article since it was first published, scrubbing the reference to socialism, Twitchy reported Saturday, citing a post at Bearing Arms.

"Thomas Conrad, who had an economics class with the gunman, described him as a very opinionated Socialist," the Post originally said.

But in a move reminiscent of George Orwell's "1984," the description was removed.

The article now says:

Thomas Conrad, who had an economics class with Pierson, described him as very opinionated.

Mediaite also observed what it called a "stealth" edit and said the Post did not remove a passage where Pierson describes himself as a "Keynesian" who regularly took issue with the free market philosophies of economist Adam Smith.

"No one is suggesting Pierson’s political beliefs had anything to do with his crime," Mediaite said. "But what is the logic for editing out a carefully reported account of who this person was in life? Why does the Denver Post not trust its readers to be able to consume the unvarnished truth?"

"Important questions," Mediaite's Noah Rothman added, "but don’t hold your breath for answers."

The Post did not explain why the edit was made, but Bearing Arms had one possible explanation.

"It’s always about protecting the narrative, and defending the party, comrades," the blog said.

Screenshots of the article before and after the edits can be seen at Twitchy.



If you like this article, you can follow Joe on Twitter @jnewby1956, visit and like his Facebook page, or subscribe to receive email updates when a new article is published.

For hard-hitting conservative commentary, please visit Joe's blog, the Conservative Firing Line. You can also find Joe's articles at Right News Now, Tea Party Tribune, Newsbusters, Liberty Unyielding and PolitiCollision.



  • Mt. Everest avalanche
    Disaster strikes Mt. Everest as at least 12 people were killed in an avalanche
    Watch Video
  • Most Earthlike planet discovered
    The Kepler telescope has discovered the most Earthlike, possibly habitable planet yet
    Space News
  • Easter crosses create debate
    Easter crosses spark a debate of separation of church and state in Ohio
  • Chelsea Clinton is preggers
    Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton is pregnant with her first child
  • Stanley Cup playoffs
    The battle for Lord Stanley's Cup is on, don't miss a minute of playoff action
  • Ukraine discussed amongst U.S., E.U., Russia
    The U.S., E.U. and Russia agree on ways to diffuse the tension in Ukraine
    Watch Video

User login

Log in
Sign in with your email and password. Or reset your password.
Write for us
Interested in becoming an Examiner and sharing your experience and passion? We're always looking for quality writers. Find out more about and apply today!