Front page editorials are rare in major metro newspapers these days. But the MediaNews Group’s Denver Post carried a scathing page one attack Sunday on Colorado Gov. Bill Ridder, calling him “Jimmy Hoffa” for siding with unions in a political dispute. A poliitcal blog, Colorado Confidential, says MediaNews CEO Dean Singleton ordered up the editorial. The paper’s editor, Greg Moore, is quoted by the blog as saying he has nothing to do with editorials and wouldn’t comment further. Instead, Editorial Page Editor Dan Haley said the front page editorial was “a collaborative decision between the publisher and myself.” Singleton, a Colorado resident, serves as the Post’s publisher. In the Bay Area, MediaNews owns most of the daily newspapers and has been accused by the Guild of illegally decertifying the union at the company’s Alameda Newspaper Group.

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