Regardless of where you stand on the issue of the taxpayer subsidized deal being brokered between the City of Glendale and the Phoenix Coyotes hockey franchise or the position taken by the Goldwater Institute’s CEO Darcy Olsen, it’s difficult not to be appalled by Doug MacEachern’s vulgar editorial in this morning’s Arizona Republic.
Editorialist MacEachern’s verbal buckshot veers far from civility — not even within range of what remnants still remain of journalistic standards — as he wildly flings the most base of adjectives. Calling the GI’s objections to the $100 million taxpayer subsidies to incentivize a Chicago mogul/purchaser “haughty obstructionism” was the least of it. Referring to Goldwater’s lawsuit as a “protection racket” is de rigueur for this flagging newspaper. But then comes the “snotty” description of Olsen’s March 21 press release.
Could that be an indictor that those increasingly coarse folks at the newspaper didn’t like it?