Failing, farcical República to charge for online content

Arizona Republic writes its own obituary

Long known to be in the grasp of death throes, the Periódico de la República de Arizona (Arizona Republic) takes to its own front page to dispatch a message by publisher John Zidich. After engaging in historic hyperbole regarding the now shrinking and dying newspaper — even having the nerve to assert, “our success is due to one thing: the commitment to great content with a well-rounded news report and a primary focus on deep, quality local stories” — Zidich gets to the essence of his communiqué — the subscription and print distribution of this left-wing bastion isn’t cutting the mustard.

“That model will not work for the future. To meet your demands, to meet you in every format — and to continue to be a vibrant, positive part of our community — that model has to change,” writes Zidich. Costs, we are told will increase, as the República offers options that range from full access digital-only to full access with seven-day delivery of the print edition.  Non-subscribers will be able to view a limited number of articles before they are required to subscribe.

By far our favorite take-away line from the article, Delivering news in the Digital Age was this admission: ‘We’re intensifying our watchdog-reporting efforts, enhancing our storytelling capabilities and tackling community-leadership initiatives to help make this a better place to live, work and play.’

Got that?  Even the top dog at the República admits to “storytelling’ rather than reporting. There’s no question that has been the newspaper’s approach to all coverage concerning the illegal invasion into our state and deceptive, slanted “storytelling” on conservative elected officials and issues.  This fraud of a newspaper, with a staff that would make wild west snake-oil salesmen blush,  has functioned as head cheerleader for recalls and defeats of conservatives, while relentlessly promoting the initiative to separate us from our vote. In a rare departure from the prescribed agenda, columnist Robert Robb exposed the deception as an anti-conservative ruse. (His column can be accessed through our post. The question is, for how long?)

Judging from the comments following Zidich’s online post, the new format will have a run of people in a rush to subscribe…NOT.

The “new format,” signaling the ultimate demise of the República, begins September 10.

Seeing Red AZ has been dedicated to exposing the biased and irrational stance the newspaper has taken over the years.  The liberal deceit and agenda filled excesses are well documented. Here are just a few:

Daily’s promotion of political sham revs up

Muslim Brotherhood: AZ Republic sham reporting hits new low 

Arpaio rates AZ Republic’s quintuple whammy 

More from AZ Republic’s unbridled Absurdity Dept.

The story the AZ Republic won’t report

República blames young hit-and-run victim

República offers GOP sage advice, torrent of insults

If this whets your appetite, there is a boatload full of such examples under the category Beating the Drum, found on the right side of our Home Page.  Click on “Previous Entries” at the bottom of each page. We provide countless examples of the AZ Republic’s unconcealed prejudice against conservative vantage points and intrinsic predisposition for liberalism.

THAT is the reason the daily fishwrap is dying.

28 Responses to Failing, farcical República to charge for online content

  1. Dennis O'Brien says:

    Zidich is clearly writing the Republic’s own obituary. Often obits enhance the facts, while gilding the lily of the deceased. This one is filled with outright lies!

  2. Attila The Hunny says:

    As much as I despise this pathetic excuse for a newspaper, its difficult not to feel a small degree of pity for the valiant attempts of “Brooke, the Marketing VP” to address all the outrage across the political spectrum that readers will not renew their subscriptions.

    “We’re sorry you feel that way. But indeed that many people use our products daily to stay in touch with the news and information that’s important to the residents of Phoenix. We have a lot of new product and content features we’ll be adding in the near future. We hope you will continue to be a loyal user.
    Brooke – VP/Marketing”

  3. Red Baron says:

    The Daily initiated its own demise years ago, even evoking comments from liberal elite of New York City. Almost a decade has passed since comedian/social commentator Dick Cavett was moved to point out that our local newspaper had awarded a leadership position to the curiously named Randy Lovely, who, even more curiously, believed it was important to proclaim his own “same sex preference” to fellow staffers and the public.

    That’s the reason why this morning, undeterred by any sense of irony or massive losses of revenue, the “Lovely Agenda” continues to sashay across the soon-to-be-extinct pages of this “published Dodo.”

    Today, Randy highlights a couple of his buddies, who not only share an adherence to an “alternative lifestyle,” but also a curious need to become “tag team fathers.” (“Fathers,” eh?) The headline screams at readers in a printed proclamation as bold as the fashion statement of a pink feathered boa: “GAY DADS, 12 KIDS ARE OFFICIALLY A FAMILY”

    The future of a dozen vulnerable children is not a laughing matter; yet a futile chuckle is the understandable response of longtime observers (and former readers) of the Repugnant. After all, parent company Gannett is so intent on advocating the “Gay Agenda” and the “Open Borders Agenda”that it is willing to destroy a century-old publication.

  4. PV PC says:

    Eugene and Nina Pullium, longtime publishers of the Arizona Republic and now defunct Phoenix Gazette must be rolling over in their graves at how far this once conservative newspaper has decended in the murkiness. The newspaper now spends its time advocating on behalf of illegals, homosexuality and all things left.

    • garvan says:

      What year did the Gazette cease publication?

      • LD7PC says:

        The Phoenix Cazette was founded in 1881, and was known in its early years as the Phoenix Evening Gazette. During the 1970s and 1980s it was published weekday and Saturday afternoons.
        In August 1995, the staffs of The Republic and The Gazette merged, and The Gazette mostly became an afternoon edition of The Republic with a few updates. Eventually its circulation declined and it ceased publication in January 1997.

        That’s what will happen to the Arizona Republic.

  5. chick20112011 says:

    They cut off their nose to spite their face. Good riddance. They will find out quickly that most lefties won’t pay up.

  6. Vince says:

    What a treat to see Zidich admit that they make up stories when he writes about “enhancing our storytelling capabilities.” I laughed out loud at that one! A rare glimpse of honesty from the perpetually dishonest.

  7. patriotmom says:

    If I hadn’t cancelled our subscription years ago, todays screaming headline about the gay “dads” and the unfortunate 12 children they are raising would have done it. I can’t wait for this paper to completely close and the staff to move to a more appropriate venue- like San Francisco.

  8. chick20112011 says:

    …”To meet your demand….”
    My “demand” was for honest journalism. Epic Fail. More and more the RAG was using AP and Politico, weekly updates on the party scene (bikini babes and hot bartenders), and opinionated journalism. Have to visit multiple news sites to get the facts on “news”. Started the decline under Kevan Willey. I spoke to an editor/writer in either 96 or 98 to point out innacuracies in a “news” article. She, (still employed there last I saw) told me that “she didn’t care about the truth”. Right there is their problem (in addition to their agenda driven stories). When the content got so bad that I couldn’t even justify the Sunday paper for the coupons, I dumped it about 6 years ago. I used to deliver papers for that RAG and three other local publications. When I was a kid delivering the paper, it was a good publication. Now it’s a JOKE.

  9. Villanova says:

    The Republic reflects the views of an increasingly small segment of the population which is why an increasingly large segment doesn’t subscribe. Zidich cites huge numbers of on-line readers, but that is only because it’s free. Once they start charging, watch the readership and advertisers dry up. Charging for mediocre and agendaed “storytelling” online will not work.

  10. Kent says:

    This would be a good contest, Seeing Red AZ. Have your readers pick a drop dead date. The winner can be a pallbearer for the coffin filled with pay to read on-line “pages.”

  11. Orion says:

    Liberalism has been responsible for the demise of nations. Here we see it take down a newspaper that has served the state of Arizona since long before statehood. The Republic’s arrogant addiction to radical liberalism despite the harm that stubborn position causes, is not simply appalling, it is strangely mesmerizing.

    • LD 7 PC says:

      Would you believe that the Arizona Republic was originally called the Arizona Republican? How far the newspaper has strayed….

      • garvan says:

        I don’t remember it ever being called the AZ Republican, and I first read it during WWII.

      • LD7PC says:

        garvan, Wikipedia says the newspaper was founded May 19, 1890 under the name The Arizona Republican. That was long before WWII.

  12. StetsonXXX says:

    My smart phone is far too smart to be tied in to receiving the spew from this garbage wrapper.

  13. Anthem Al says:

    The comments on the article are running about 10 to one against paying for online content. The newspaper will not survive this decision.

  14. CD9 says:

    And the rag reporter that called us “Kooks”. We are kookie enough not to pay her salary. Let hope they are all on the street soon.

    • chick20112011 says:

      I guess Laurie got her wish, in a back handed way. The RAG is going to be “de-kooked” by way of down the toilet.

  15. Night Owl says:

    CD9 and chick20112011 — you two stole my steam. I was just thinking about Laurie Roberts and her dekookification smears of conservatives. She won’t have us to slap around anymore. Come to think of it, she probably won’t have anyone else, either!

  16. Hagar says:

    I just posted this comment on the web site announcement:

    “Sadly, the Republic continues to deny the real reason its readership is in the toilet. When it abandoned its center-right editorial view, which it held from its inception and that the vast majority of Arizonans still believe, that was its death knell. One need only look to Gannett for the cause of its demise.”

    • Doc says:

      Hagar, you couldn’t have said that any better.

      • Army Of One says:

        Ditto! This newspaper (?) doesn’t care about its readership or about reporting news. Those running the show hold the views of most of us in contempt and they prefer to craft their own news to doing any actual factual reporting. Publisher John Zidich admitted as much yesterday when he called what they do “storytelling.” At least a shred of honesty was evident in that statement

  17. chick20112011 says:

    The hack writers: Wingnutt, Gonzalez, Roberts, Montini, Valdez, Nowiki, they contributed to hundreds of people who have or will lose their jobs. The hacks will be rewarded with jobs on some Dem-hack-staff, at taxpayer expense, the bosses: Lovely and Zilcho, will end up running a gay enterprise or another Dem-hack-politician’s staff. The little people who had no choice in this downturn will be left holding the bag (jobless). The RAG will have the “Conkrite School” interns continue to run the show for school credit.

  18. ZOO says:

    This is a kick. Last night, Gannett’s over-the-air brand of poision – KPNX – was reporting on the Republic’s online fees and stating that these were necessary to maintain the level of investigative reporters, writers, and stories they have been known for producing.

  19. Seen It All says:

    What a joke! They rely on waiting-to-retire liberals and the nearly illiterate communications students at ASU’s Cronkite School who now comprise the “Breaking News Team,” despite having problems communicating in English and having only a passing knowledge of grammar.

    A variation of Cronkite (kränklich in German) means sickly. I think that’s a perfect description of the new “news” crew.

  20. Freedom Lives says:

    The Arizona Republic is dead. Step over the carcass. It already stinks. Soon it will be putrid.