AZ Republic: In-tandem, agendized news to distrust

April 13, 2014

It’s known as “The Repugnant” for a reason

Today we present this brief, but consummate example of the agendized newspaper’s relentless hounding.  This illustration involves what was previously known as a “Quick Hit,” until last week —- when the failing daily became an official charge of its Gannett parent, and transformed itself into an embarrassing wince inducer.  Previously the newspaper was principally known for liberal distortions, half truths, innuendo and the inability to impartially present the facts. Its main thrust is promoting same-sex issues and the open borders/amnesty agenda as policy. Opinion is never relegated to the editorial pages, but is scattered throughout its shrinking pages.

Quick Hit Number One: “Women are from Venus; men just can’t hear.” This inconsequential quip recounts a conversation between editorial writer Doug MacEachern and his wife and relates to his misunderstanding a word in her response.

MacEachern comes closest to resembling a Republican on the Republic’s staff.

Quick Hit Number Two: Flanking MacEachern is resident leftwing, amnesty-pushing shrew, Linda Valdez. Her three sentence effort “Legislators failing their legal duty toward schools,” concludes with the need to raise taxes in order to fulfill what she construes to be a Constitutional mandate to get more money in the public school system. Of course Valdez argues we need to raise taxes. What other conclusion could this liberal reach?

The following day the business section blasts an in-tandem headline: “Arizonans’ combined tax load is mild compared with most states.”  Obviously, we just don’t pay enough.

Get the idea? Now the Repugnant can substantiate its own perspective by quoting itself. And the most traditional voice on staff at the newspaper has been relegated to a Rodney Dangerfield styled,  self-deprecating jokester who writes his exasperated wife refers to him as a “dummy.”


Desperate USAToday/Republic hypes global warming

April 6, 2014

Vainly hoping threats of catastrophe will engage few remaining liberal readers

There’s a new newspaper in Arizona.  It’s an unreadable, error-filled, miserable mishmash of Periódico de la República de Arizona (Arizona Republic) leftwing spew stirred into the larger Gannett/USA Today cauldron of hyperbolic alarmism, innuendo and downright lies.  The honchos at the daily even acknowledge its glitch-filled, embarrassing week old configuration with, “The new Republic: You called, we’re listening,” where they promise new tweaks. But no alignments or tweaks will save the ailing newspaper now under the protective custody of its parent.

Days ago the contrivance, passing itself off as a news source, ran a story citing a United Nations report, “No hiding from climate change,” detailing that every corner of the globe is affected by climate change. In its previous incarnation climate change was known as global warming —- until global cooling hit.

The Telegraph’s Christopher Booker writes an exceptional exposé titled How did the IPCC’s* alarmism take everyone in for so long? Bookers reveals climate scaremongers are still twisting the evidence over global warming.

The fact that top scientists have discredited the report is of little consequence when there’s a shiny new agenda to drive. The left wingers remain stubbornly attached to their “unequivocal” global warming crisis in which humans and flatulent cows are the culprits

Climate Change Reconsidered demonstrates that its the evidence that the IPCC tries to marshal in favor of its catastrophic, human caused, global warming hypothesis that is false, falsifying the hypothesis.

As you might have guessed, this is political science, not actual science.

 

*United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change


AZ Republic reinvented again: USA Today takes over

March 28, 2014

Most recent desperate survival attempt launches Sunday, March 30th

The Periódico de la República de Arizona (Arizona Republic) is making promises, and are they ever doozies! The newspaper vows it will expand its coverage by “roughly 70” additional pages a week —- with feeds from USA Today, the stallion in the Gannett stable.

The Virginia-based newspaper’s circulation including freebies distributed by hotels nationwide is said to be the widest in the U.S. and points beyond. The hallmark of USA Today is that it is written at a fifth grade comprehension level, using bright colors, with heavy emphasis on trends, film reviews, celebrity coverage and travel, with a hard focus on sports.

USA Today isn’t for newshounds. Think of it as the People magazine of newspapers.

The Arizona República employs a novel approach in abandoning its news reporting duties by saying turning most of the work over to USA Today allows it to “focus it’s resources more fully on local content.” The front section will be merging compactly with the Valley section. But not to worry. The Republic is “adding pages on dining, weather, state history and moments that make us uniquely Arizona.” That should satisfy even the most demanding readers seeking information.

Though the daily already relies heavily on AP, Politico, and ASU journalism students, readers are told this is a reinvention of news in response to their requests, and this new format has generated positive feedback in other market launches where Gannett has initiated it.

So as the state’s newspaper of record opts for ever more fluff and less substance, expect it to use its fading energies to concentrate on hammering Republicans, with a specific emphasis on conservatives. After all, the 2014 election cycle is upon us.  It’s quite a downhill slide for a  publication that was begin in 1890 as the “Arizona Republican.”

Seeing Red AZ has frequently covered the ever-shrinking dual agenda, far leftwing Arizona República.  Arizona Republic: Compressing the press was posted last August. It contains links to three other reports on the distressed newspaper. Rather than considering this dubious Gannett lifeline, the newspaper could resort to reporting with integrity, instead of crafting news. It could stop insulting its few remaining readers. It might survive. But the daily prefers to fade to black spewing venom with its biases intact.

Gannett’s 100 page 2013 annual report requires a CPA and lawyer to decipher “the company” (as it refers to itself) code.  The New York Stock Exchange is easier to read. Gannett continues to tumble.

 


Hypocrisy at the AZ Republic? Who’d a guessed?

March 18, 2014

The Periódico de la República de Arizona (Arizona Republic) is at it again. Recently the arrogant leftist radicals at the newspaper have taken to advising Republicans how to conduct themselves and win elections.

Sunday’s edition carried a chastising editorial titled, “Lawmakers, Listen to Voters.” This particular bit of drivel begins with the words, “Lawmakers, show some respect for voters.” The topic of such importance is directing $10 million a year of Lottery revenue to the state Game and Fish and Parks Departments. The money, approved over two dozen years ago by voters in more flush times was intended to protect habitats for species such as the 3-inch lowland leopard frog —- which according to this reportis still relatively secure in central Arizona.”

Since the makeup of the Arizona House and Senate is predominately Republican, the logical conclusion is the newspaper is railing against the GOP again.

There is no such outcry from the charlatans at the daily demanding the voices of voters be respected when the issues apply to people rather than frogs. Here are but a few of the hucksterisms from the Arizona Republic:

When RINO legislators (named here) joined the unified Dems in forcing through Obama’s reckless Medicaid Expansion —- an economically unsustainable government overreach, championed and signed by Jan Brewer —- while subverting the will of GOP voters and legislative districts statewide, there was no protest from the liberal Republic.

Popular and nationally copied SB 1070  “Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act,” was routinely maligned by the newspaper, which waged a daily and multi-pronged war against its author Senate President Russell Pearce. Redistricted into a predominantly Democrat legislative district, he ultimately lost his reelection bid. The Republic gloated.

SB 1062, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act was the subject of a misinformation campaign that intentionally mischaracterized the bill. The Republic led the charge.

The deceptive Open Elections/Open Government” or “Top 2 initiative aimed specifically at gutting Republican influence was championed by the daily disseminator of leftist propaganda. Ultimately, it was defeated 1,340,288 to 662,366. In this case the Republic was trampling on voters. “Respect” was nowhere to be seen.

In 2008, Arizona voters overwhelmingly passedProposition 102, the Marriage Protection Amendment,” defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman, by a vote of 56.3 – 43.7 percent. At the time, the crafty word-twisters at the Arizona Republic, defined the issue as the “Gay Marriage Ban.” The newspaper bashed the LDS Church’s influence but was mum on supporting the voice of the people.

When five Republican senators shamefully broke ranks and voted with Democrats to defeat SB 1310 a bill prohibiting the State Board of Education from applying Obama’s Common Core in Arizona, the newspaper said not a word against their actions.

John McComish, Adam Driggs, Steve Pierce, Michele Reagan and Bob Worsley, deceived their constituents —- who had every right to expect more than such traitorous actions.  Reagan is now running as a Republican for Secretary of State.

The far left Arizona Republic caterwauls when the issue is a lowlands leopard frog but either becomes mute or blithely spews venomous distortions as it targets Arizona families and conservatives.


Fla. loss signals future Dem defeats, worries McCain

March 13, 2014

McCain’s, Clinton’s, Jimmy Kimmel appear at ASU in attempt to soothe AZ Dem anxiety

The increasingly fanatical leftwing Periódico de la República de Arizona (Arizona Republic) gives an imitation of flexing its editorial muscle —- renown as decidedly flaccid —- as it goes about dispensing advice to Republicans. This is not the first time the dying newspaper has disingenuously offered the GOP its wisdom.

Feigning concern, Wednesday’s edition uses its sole editorial to instruct Republicans on the fine art of winning elections. It would be laughable if not so bizarre since all major state and Maricopa County offices and majorities in the Arizona House and Senate are held by Republicans. According to the guidance being doled out, the GOP should “solve the immigration crisis.“ (Read give the gift of amnesty to our invaders.) Second, we should “make peace with gay Americans.” (Read support same sex-marriage, though the “war” is a contrivance.) Finally we are advised by our dedicated mentor to “compete for young voters.” In the same breath, we are told that these voters “are liberal on social issues and lean more Democrat than Republican.”

What a shame the liberals missed the packed Maricopa County GOP Lincoln Day luncheon last Saturday and the impressive young people in attendanceJarrod Ogden received a standing ovation for his moving speech.

The newspaper’s dispensing of vacuous advice is nothing more than a smokescreen to cover liberal angst over Tuesday’s special election in Florida. The stunning defeat of Democrat Alex Sink by David Jolly, a lesser known Republican  —- who won despite being vastly outspent —- has produced Democrat shockwaves. Though this was a safe district for Obama in both previous presidential elections, disgust with Obamacare and global warming alarmism didn’t carry the day.  In fact the issues sunk the Democrat ship.

Long-range implications are massive for the Democrats.  Tampa’s special CD 13 election offers a vision of what the future holds in the coming mid-terms.

Bill Clinton even waded into the Florida mix, recording this campaign auto dialer for Alex Sink. The former president’s unmistakable Arkansas twang provided no lift to her sinking campaign.

Now it’s being reported that Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton are hosting a three-day conference of the Clinton Global Initiative University at ASU next week. They will be joined by Hillary’s close friend John McCain who has already signaled his 2016 support for her, his wife Cindy; Democrat former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, her husband Mark Kelly and comedian Jimmy Kimmel.

Kimmel isn’t actually needed to dispense comic relief. The McCain’s and Clinton’s should handle that very well. One of the topics on their agenda is climate change. It was a sure-fire winner in Florida.


Fading, agendized AZ Republic admits its irrelevancy

March 10, 2014

On life support, newspaper informs remaining readers it remains committed to radical agenda

Back in 2009 Seeing Red AZ likened the relentless diatribes in the Periódico de la República de Arizona (Arizona Republic) to those of a nagging ex-wife, who made an art form of breathing new life into wearisome old arguments.

The failing newspaper, rife with seemingly endless layoffs, cutbacks and increasing reliance on students from ASU’s left-leaning Cronkite School of Journalism, recently informed nearly two dozen community reporters they would need to work from their laptops at Starbucks and McDonald’swhich supply free WiFi — and consider their cars to be their offices.

Yet despite the myriad problems, Sunday’s edition features a “letter to our readers” from John Zidich, the daily’s publisher, CEO and Randy Lovely, Senior VP of news and audience development, boasting about coming changes and “completely redesigned” digital content. The Republic is hemorrhaging subscribers and must move to a completely online version in order to survive, so they tout what they call enhanced “depth and quality” while acknowledging “reading habits continue to change.” So does the Republic, which has shrunken to anorexic proportions and, in large part,  purchases news feed from outside sources.

Rather than informing, the newspaper engages in persistent misinformation campaigns on a variety of subjects — most recent being SB 1062 which it refer to as a watershed issue in the “gay rights movement.”  In fact the Religious Freedom Restoration Act simply  reinforced the First Amendment’s free exercise of religion. It became a “gay” issue because it was calculatedly configured that way by the newspaper which cheered the threats and derision which it vigorously stirred.

Sunday’s edition featured an oversized profile of freshman state House member Demion Clinco, (LD -2) a 28-year-old Tucson Democrat who was appointed just weeks ago to fill the seat vacated by Andrea Dalessandro. (She was appointed to the state Senate after Linda Lopez resigned.)  Clinco‘s large profile was not serendipitous. He is identified as “openly gay“ and was quoted regarding…what else…? SB 1062.  “It’s pretty appalling to hear a dialogue about using religion to discriminate against both myself and my community,”  Clinco is so new he doesn’t even have a bio or photo up on the House of Representative’s web page.  That fact doesn’t keep him from being the newspaper’s latest darling.

In recent years, the leftist newspaper has gotten more radical in its approach, blatantly employing contemptible tactics to promote its myopic dual agendaColumnists and editorialists have donned their jackboots to facilitate marching in lockstep with the attack strategy — irrespective of the facts. If you’re looking for contrivances passing as reporting and promoting the illegal invasion of the United States, glorification of same sex “marriage and homosexuals or a relentless bashing of conservatives in which the term “tea party” is used as a pejorative, the Arizona República is the real deal.  

If you’re looking for actual news, you won’t find it in the dying Arizona Republic.  As an example, this morning’s edition front-pages a vacuous report titled, “An entire career spent in one city,” a puff piece about the new city manager. It continues for a full inside jump page. Not a word about the chaos in Ukraine and the far-reaching ramifications of Vladimir Putin’s attempts to reestablish the USSR.  


You live in mediocre Arizona….because?

March 5, 2014

Left cites numerous studies attesting to  “mediocre” Arizona 

Those who read the local news might wonder what they’re doing here in Arizona. Monday’s  Page One headline tells us “Trauma common for kids in Ariz.” And the answer? According to the state‘s newspaper of record, “Several Arizona leaders say the data are the latest alarm bell indicating that the state should focus more resources on child welfare.”

“Resources” are your tax dollars that educrats never have in sufficient enough supply. 

The report is based on data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Kaiser Permanente, which looked at “adverse childhood experiences” nationwide. Results found 31.1 percent — nearly one-third — of Arizona children have dealt with two or more adverse childhood experiences, which is significantly higher than the national average of 22.6 percent.

In the same edition, the Business section headlines a report on another study —  the results of which conclude, ”Arizona is mediocre at luring corporate facilities.”

Other headlines in the newspaper?

“Arizona: Where mediocre education is good enough.”

“The Arizona Department of Transportation recently launched a study which indicates that 52 percent of Arizona’s roads are in poor or mediocre condition.

Student journalists at ASU’s Cronkite News have caught on to the tactic and report “Arizona city parks receive mediocre scores in study.”

No doubt it’s merely coincidental that the Leftwing Arizona Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) which claims to “stand up to powerful interests,” uses the same terminology, declaring, “Arizona receives mediocre grade for enforcement of job-creation measures in subsidy programs.”   

Though there are numerous such headlines testifying to Arizona’s abyssmal mediocrity, we provide this small but convincing sample which appears to indicate the lefties want the state to themselves.


AZ Republic’s hit pieces: Have you noticed a pattern?

March 4, 2014

Fishy_Arizona_Republic

Conservatives repeatedly slammed, mischaracterized

It’s no secret the Arizona Republic is a leftward-lurching, agendized newspaper.  Most often the struggling daily concentrates its energies on promoting legalization of America’s illegal invaders and normalizing homosexuality. But superseding all else is its cause célèbre — advancing the Democrat party and its candidates.  It is via that method, after all, that the other issues move forward.

A couple of weeks ago a multi-page, fabricated exposé of Republican political consultant Sean Noble was Page One material. If disinterested readers skipped past it, they saw all that was needed to get the daily’s nefarious point across.  Accompanying his mega-size photo was the sinister title, “The Dark Money Man: Sean Noble, Koch cash and Politics.” 

Suddenly Noble transmogrified into evil personified. Despite the Republic’s usage of a ProPublica cut and paste smear passing as a “report”— actually containing nothing of substance, Noble didn’t  appear less than his name implies. What was missing was such disclosure from the Republic and the omission that ProPublica is a recipient of a massive funding stream from billionaire leftist George Soros with tentacles to radical Media Matters. Yet ProPublica innocently calls itself “an independent, non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest.”

Hogwash.

On Sunday it was Cathi Herrod’s turn to be eviscerated. Herrod is the president of the conservative Center for Arizona Policy which promotes and defends the foundational values of life, marriage, family, and religious liberty. She is also an effective lobbyist for those issues. That makes her ripe for a barrage of attacks by the daily. Her above the fold, Page One portrayal was titled, “A Political Force Behind the Scenes; Activist wields influence on Ariz. Laws.”

Let’s hope so.

The newspaper is now shining its high beam distortion campaign on state Rep. John Kavanagh, (LD-8).The conservative lawmaker has been the subject of articles, columns and even an editorial which actually employed the word “Yuck” throughout — regarding his participation in a roast of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Kavanagh’s participation — he was one of several “roasters” —  at the  private dinner wrapping up the Western Conservative Conference in Phoenix, is obviously the lynchpin.  The newspaper despises Arpaio. A banquet room full of his friends and admirers poking fun at him, would bring on teeth gnashing at the Republic. So now the well respected John Kavanagh is being savaged.

The leftist newspaper became emboldened after contributing to the bogus upheaval playing out in tandem with suspect redistricting that resulted in Russell Pearce’s loss of his district seat and the senate presidency. He was defeated by a one-termer, but that was of no consequence to the Republic.  They simply wanted Pearce, the architect of SB 1070, out.

Attorney General Tom Horne is now in the daily’s sights. While Superintendent of Public Instruction, he successfully fought the racist and anti-American MAS program in Tucson Unified School District. As Attorney General he has been a standout, but not one of their choosing. Conservative Horne urged the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a Ninth Circuit ruling, arguing that Arizona has a right to deny Medicaid funding to abortion providers. Planned Parenthood is scheduled to receive more than $1.5 billion in Medicaid subsidies

What do Noble, Herrod, Arpaio, Kavanagh, Pearce and Horne all have in common? They are independent thinking, conservative Republicans, who don’t take their marching orders from the editorial board of the dying newspaper or the squishy party establishment elites, earning them attacks from the daily — which wants to see all of the top offices led by Democrats. When they endorse a Republican it will be a RINO or the weakest candidate, positioning the Democrat to win the general.

This isn’t rocket science.


SB 1062: Misinformation campaign in full swing

February 24, 2014

Here we go again

It’s no surprise that the Arizona Republic has embraced its usual technique of bold headlines, multi-page contrivances posing as news reports, and zealously oversized photos on the issue of SB 1062  — employing the irresponsible tactics the liberal newspaper blatantly uses to promote its myopic dual agenda. Columnists and editorialists have donned their jackboots to facilitate marching in lockstep with the attack strategy — irrespective of the facts

The Religious Freedom Restoration Act modifies the definition of exercise of religion and allows a person to assert a free exercise claim or defense in a judicial proceeding regardless of whether the government is a party to the proceeding. Read the legislative fact sheet here.

After reading the bill, it becomes clear that the effort to demonize people of faith is what the left is hard at work to accomplish.

The Center for Arizona Policy has done a masterful job of explaining all that is entailed in this legislation that strengthens protections in Arizona law to defend against religious discrimination. Included is a fact sheet, summary, background and talking points.

The bill is on Gov. Jan Brewer’s desk and action is expected early this week. Call her office today and let your voice be heard in support of religious liberty. This administrative staff list omits the names of her behind-the-scenes key advisors such as liberal extremist Grant Woods (formerly John McCain’s congressional chief of staff) and political strategist Chuck Coughlin (another McCain crony who also lobbied for Woods during his 1990′s stint as Attorney General) — both of whom have her ear. In this USA Today video, Brewer gives a clue to the advice she is receiving as she calls the billvery controversial.”

Faith-based conservatives see this bill not in the framework of “controversy,” but as an issue of religious liberty. Opponents have hijacked this discussion via deceit and reckless reporting. 

Grant Woods was quoted as saying, “Hopefully, from my perspective, she’ll see this will put Arizona in a national negative light, and it shows Arizona is really going in the opposite direction on important issues at a time when the country seems to be moving forward.” Woods, who frequently talks with Brewer about legislation and other matters, will urge her to not sign SB 1062.

Legal experts Joseph La Rue and Kerri Kupec with the Scottsdale-based Alliance Defending Freedom wrote this fact-based ‘Our Turn’ column demonstrating the need for this legislation by citing a disturbing case in New Mexico that, under current law, could be replicated in Arizona. Take time to read it.


“I knew I was being fed a line of BS when…”

February 17, 2014

Arizona República’s latest con 

E.J. Montini is a left-wing columnist often appropriately residing on the left side of the front of the Valley Section in the Periódico de la República de Arizona (Arizona Republic). His pieces tend toward sappiness, but always slinging the radical party line of his agendized employer and often in unison with his cohort columnist Laurie Roberts, illusory illustrator Steve Benson, open-borders editorialists and the crew of pro-amnesty hacks posing as journalists at the newspaper. Amid the axing of long timers and the staff cutbacks, those looking retirement squarely in the eye are doing their level best to carry the República’s water until the last light is switched off.

In Sunday’s edition, the desperation is both inane and palpable. Online Montini’s column is titled, “I knew Arizona was home when…”

It is accompanied by this odd EDITOR’S NOTE: 

Many of us are transplants from other places. We might live here, but someplace else is home. That is, until that moment when our copper-colored state becomes part of our identity. We’re launching a new A-section page in The Republic at the end of March that will feature stories that are uplifting, local, inspiring and empowering. And we need your help. Send us your moments, 300-word essays on the topic “I knew Arizona was home when …

It might’ve been when your first child was born. When you voted for local elections for the first time. When a spectacular sunset made you stop in your tracks. We want to know what it was for you. E-mail your 300 words and a photo of yourself, if you’d like.”

The unnamed editor promises to “feature some of the best essays on our upcoming good-news page” in the hardcopy edition of the newspaper, as well as online and on its social media channels such as Facebook and Twitter.

Initially the scheme sounds suspiciously as though the editorial board is eliciting the daily’s few remaining readers to do the work paid staff previously handled — possibly signaling another round of layoffs? Then reality hits. This topic reeks of a setup ‘enlightenment piece’ featuring ‘Aha! Moments’ to instill in readers the idea that they have a lot in common with illegal aliens.

“Awesome!” declares the editor’s imaginary deadhead. “You’re from Chihuahua? I’m from Pittsburgh!  And look, we both have children born in Phoenix and we’re voting here in Arizona’s elections for the first time!”

Get it?  Or should we say, “Comprende?”

 


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