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’s — which 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 agenda. Columnists 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.