Expecting the daily newspaper to configure reports to suit their agenda is de rigueur. The pattern of slippery dealings with the facts have become their stock in trade. But even the most cynical among us found ample reason to do a double-take at today’s coverage of ten scheduled closings of Basha’s grocery stores and the chain’s bankruptcy filing.
The 77-year-old Chandler-based and family-owned chain has felt the brunt of the tough economy. At the same time, the non-union enterprise has been the victim of thuggishly unscrupulous practices by the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW), whose relentless attacks have cost the company millions in legal fees, damage control and lost business. The business section of the newspaper accurately addresses these issues.
But astonishingly the focus of the front page report is none other than Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the antagonist of the resolutely committed-to-open-borders editorial board. That article links the closure of three Food City stores in the chain to Arpaio‘s “immigration crackdowns,” and the loss of jobs previously held by illegal aliens. Basha’s Food City targets Hispanic shoppers.
The article quotes a Washington, D.C. immigration studies think tank, which speculated that stricter immigration enforcement, including the state’s employer sanctions law aimed at eliminating jobs for “undocumented immigrants,” was likely the cause. Reporter Daniel Gonzalez calls it “the exodus of the undocumented Latino population.”
You get the drift.
A small business owner quoted in the report blamed her need to downsize on the fact that many of her customers have lost their jobs “or their relatives were deported.” So the loss of business and subsequent store closures are blamed on enforcement efforts causing illegals to return home.
Wal-Mart and Fry’s both have stores catering to Hispanic customers. Three years ago, Fry’s opened a 66,000-square-foot prototype Mercado. But as union shops, they are not hammered by UFCW, spreading false tales of expired baby formula, tainted milk and peanut butter imported from China and egging on demonstrators to keep shoppers at bay.
The newspaper is falling into an abyss as subscriptions continue to decline, and staff and content are routinely scaled back. Rather than habitually insult their readers, they might try accurate and balanced reporting. Who knows? Being an honest news broker might rescue the dying daily. But would they try responsible reporting if it meant they could continue? Not a chance.
Like the unions, the Arizona Republic would rather die in the throes of diminished readership and influence while pushing its leftist stance, than provide fact-based reporting minus the agenda.