Washington Post layoffs: Omen for AZ República?

Even in death throes, insulting readers remains a top priority

The liberally-biased Washington Post is another newspaper in deep trouble. Back in 2008, Deborah Howell, the newspaper’s ombudsman, admitted its leftward bent in this stunning bullet-pointed editorial, concluding, “It’s not hard to see why conservatives feel disrespected.” She lamented, “Thousands of conservatives and even some moderates have complained during my more than three-year term that The Post is too liberal; many have stopped subscribing, including more than 900 in the past four weeks. It pains me to see lost subscribers and revenue, especially when newspapers are shrinking.”

But has anything changed?

FishbowlDC provides the follow-up regarding the hefty round of layoffs including WaPo’s experienced senior-level executives. They call the Feb. 14, elimination of ‘inefficiencies,’ the Valentine’s Day Bloodbath, bringing to mind stories of the 1929 massacre of the same name initiated by Al Capone’s gang. According to the article, the entire Mobile Product Management and IT Project Management staffs have been eliminated.

The news comes on the heels of a similar tale at The New York Times, which recently offered buyout packages to 30 employees.

There is no joy in people losing their jobs. Families are affected in unimaginable ways in a weak economy and increasingly digital age, when newspaper jobs will be next to impossible to find. Yet the Washington Post, founded in 1877, is unable to break from the death grip of liberalism that is causing such instability and pain. So they “streamline” to run lower cost operations, even considering selling its headquarters, as Politico reports. But they can’t bear to give readers straight news without interjecting a leftward slant. The Arizona Republic, which clings to its strategy of insulting readers while advancing the liberal policies that are underwriting its demise, is the local case in point.

Two pieces by worshipful reporter Dan Nowicki grace today’s Sunday Edition. They supplement the “Column of Thanksgiving” written a couple of weeks ago by “Madame Kook” of columnists, Laurie Roberts, who was rejoicing at the return of the “Old” (Open Borders) McCain.

Ironically, one story today focuses on McCain aging, as the República indulges in wishful thinking by naming the loathsome Grant Woods as being among those “in the running” to succeed the “Ambassador of Amnesty,” should he ever decide to terminate his membership in the “world’s most exclusive club.”

The second story goes into the “keeping up appearances” file, relating that McCain will again visit Arizona’s border with Mexico. Since previous visits have taught AZ’s senior senator nothing about the plight of Arizonans, expect a renewed sermonette on “God’s Children” — the illegal aliens whom McCain champions — at least during those years when his name is not on the ballot.

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10 Responses to Washington Post layoffs: Omen for AZ República?

  1. Dennis O'Brien says:

    Good job, Seeing Red! The smugness and deceit that have taken over the once respected profession of journalism have also been responsible for its demise. Yes, the digital age has played a role, but it bears far less blame than the ham-handed manner in which the so called media engage in political agendized power playing. It is no longer content to report news, but desires to construct it. At least the Washington Post’s Deborah Howell was honest in her self evaluating editorial. It was refreshing to get such an admission. But as you rightly conclude, leftist newspapers would rather die than change. We cancelled our subscription to the Arizona Republic at least three years ago for that very reason.

  2. Stanford says:

    The Arizona Republic is a joke! The slavish devotion to John McCain should disgust even the uniformed who keep reelecting him. Watch for further decline in our representation as Jeff Flake becomes more emboldened. The Republic did a quick turnaround on him, didn’t they? First the newspaper loved his amnesty mindset, then came editorially unglued when he did a McCain like campaign motivated turnabout:
    If you didn’t see this at the time, this is definitely worth reading:
    http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/opinions/articles/2011/03/29/20110329flake-editorial.html

    The newspaper needn’t have fretted so publicly. Immediately after barely winning the senate seat he so coveted, Flake joined with the ancient mariner John McAmnesty and a boatload of liberal Dems to lead the way on “immigration reform.” Both men are opportunistic liars, doing whatever it takes to pull the wool over the eyes of gullible voters….until the votes are counted.

    Flake even acknowledged his propensity for dishonesty when he reneged on his term-limit pledge, laughingly using the words, “I lied,” when questioned by a reporter.

  3. Observer says:

    The tragedy is that once these flagrant liars are elected, it’s all but impossible to get them out. The US Senate boundaries don’t change by way of redistricting the way congressional and state legislative boundaries do. Senators are elected statewide. Once in office members have devoted lobbyists who ensure (through huge cash infusions) that their guy or gal retains the seat and continues to do their bidding. It’s an interdependency based on the desire to retaini power and the providers of the money to wage war against any newcomers.

    I was always opposed to term limits, but with age (at least in my case!!) comes wisdom. No more. We need turnover. Citizen representatives in DC are far preferable to career politicians like our former Sen. Carl Hayden (first ran for the US House in 1911 when AZ was a territory and retired in 1969), Robert Byrd (in office 57 years!) and John McCain (30 long years of incompetency!!)– to name a few.

    • eubykdisop says:

      Hi, Observer!

      It may well be that term limits offer false hope and that they can have unintended consequences!

      Studies have shown that term limits don’t bring the hoped for results and carry with them a lot of unexpected changes. Losing someone who turns out to be really good, because they term out, would be very frustrating.

      The problem with term limits is that they don’t get to the root of the problem. The same dysfunctional system that gets people like McCain re-elected could just as easily work to get an endless series of McCains elected, one after the other.

      I believe that the starting point for any correction has to be election integrity. First we need to see to it that only eligible registered voters get to choose who governs and then we need to make sure that ballots and voting machines aren’t being misused and corrupted. Once we have vote integrity we can work back up the chain and address issues leading up to the vote.

      Legally speaking, the U. S. Supreme Court ruled in 1995 that states cannot impose term limits on federal legislators in Term Limits, Inc. v. Thornton. Efforts to amend The Constitution to provide for term limits for Congress have consistently failed. So in practical legal terms, things don’t look promising for federal term limits. That is why we should focus our efforts in other directions.

  4. eubykdisop says:

    Newspapers are clearly going the way of the buggy whip as paperless technology naturally supplants them. In the meantime, the Liberal dominated print media will continue to disseminate their propaganda because they know that whether they print Liberal or Conservative stories that they are doomed anyway.

    This is why blogs like SRAZ are important and are becoming increasingly important. It is also why we need to be watchful of efforts by Liberals to, in one way or another, stamp out Conservative outposts on the internet, which is one form of paperless media.

  5. Sgt. Preston says:

    This chronic, self defeating, liberal nuttiness that has overtaken the media is known as “Stuck on Stupid.” Those afflicted can’t help themselves, regardless of the consequences.

    BTW, Count us among the many households that have stopped our subscription to the loony AZ Republic! It felt wonderful when we did it. It still does!

  6. Kimball says:

    It’s impossible for reasonable people to understand the mindset of liberals. Liberals would rather be destroyed than appear to agree on a single point with conservatives. I have an industrious, decent and bright neighbor, who bristles at handouts, supports Sheriff Joe Arpaio, wants core curriculum taught in our public schools, actual border security, and teaches his kids the value of taking personal responsibility. On the majority of issues, he’s as conservative as I am. But he belongs to a union and falls in lockstep with their demands, so he’s a registered Democrat and votes as he is told, since “these are the people who will protect my (his) rights.” I tell him that HE is the one who protects his rights. They are looking out for themselves and the next election. That message is water off a duck’s back.

  7. Army Of One says:

    Didn’t John McCain already visit the border, sounding like a hawk, when he was a worried candidate? Where’s his buddy Paul Babeu who claimed “Senator, you’re one of us,” today? After all the revelations about Babeu, I’m curious as to exactly what he was referring to? And what happened to that “danged fence?”

  8. American Dad says:

    THESE are the new citizens being championed by McCain, Flake, Rubio, Melendez, Schumer, and their Obama supporting openborders/demolish the USA ilk.
    Do you like what you see here? Open your mouths!! Flood these amnesty frauds offices with phone calls and faxes. We did it before and they backed off.

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