This paragraph in the morning paper was the most pathetic of the bunch: Nationally, the media landscape has changed dramatically, but I want to stress that The Arizona Republic will continue to provide you with the best local news report – seven days a week in print and online at azcentral.com. We have played an important role in this community for almost 120 years, and we intend to serve this community for many years to come, Lovely wrote.
And Marie Antoinette also intended to continue her reign before her head rolled.
For those of us who are natives, witnessing the incremental disintegration of a once revered, conservative newspaper is not an easy task. Death watches are often as hard on the onlooker as the victim.
Many believe the stubborn intransigence of the daily’s leftward bent is as much to blame for the hemorrhaging subscriptions, as the faltering economy. Still they persist in insulting readers — the same citizen/readers who vote against their recommendations and retain officials the paper assaults on a nearly daily basis. The same readers who voted for traditional marriage against the newspapers recommendation to extend benefits to same-sex couples. The same readers who are tired of the daily’s pro-illegal alien mantra.
The Arizona Republic isn’t changing its readers, but the fleeing readers are changing the Republic — in size, unfortunately not content.
Read the Republic‘s article on its alterations here.
Gannett, the Republic’s parent company, is discussed on this industry insider blog.