AZ Republic’s hit pieces: Have you noticed a pattern?


Conservatives repeatedly slammed, mischaracterized

It’s no secret the Arizona Republic is a leftward-lurching, agendized newspaper.  Most often the struggling daily concentrates its energies on promoting legalization of America’s illegal invaders and normalizing homosexuality. But superseding all else is its cause célèbre — advancing the Democrat party and its candidates.  It is via that method, after all, that the other issues move forward.

A couple of weeks ago a multi-page, fabricated exposé of Republican political consultant Sean Noble was Page One material. If disinterested readers skipped past it, they saw all that was needed to get the daily’s nefarious point across.  Accompanying his mega-size photo was the sinister title, “The Dark Money Man: Sean Noble, Koch cash and Politics.” 

Suddenly Noble transmogrified into evil personified. Despite the Republic’s usage of a ProPublica cut and paste smear passing as a “report”— actually containing nothing of substance, Noble didn’t  appear less than his name implies. What was missing was such disclosure from the Republic and the omission that ProPublica is a recipient of a massive funding stream from billionaire leftist George Soros with tentacles to radical Media Matters. Yet ProPublica innocently calls itself “an independent, non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest.”


On Sunday it was Cathi Herrod’s turn to be eviscerated. Herrod is the president of the conservative Center for Arizona Policy which promotes and defends the foundational values of life, marriage, family, and religious liberty. She is also an effective lobbyist for those issues. That makes her ripe for a barrage of attacks by the daily. Her above the fold, Page One portrayal was titled, “A Political Force Behind the Scenes; Activist wields influence on Ariz. Laws.”

Let’s hope so.

The newspaper is now shining its high beam distortion campaign on state Rep. John Kavanagh, (LD-8).The conservative lawmaker has been the subject of articles, columns and even an editorial which actually employed the word “Yuck” throughout — regarding his participation in a roast of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Kavanagh’s participation — he was one of several “roasters” —  at the  private dinner wrapping up the Western Conservative Conference in Phoenix, is obviously the lynchpin.  The newspaper despises Arpaio. A banquet room full of his friends and admirers poking fun at him, would bring on teeth gnashing at the Republic. So now the well respected John Kavanagh is being savaged.

The leftist newspaper became emboldened after contributing to the bogus upheaval playing out in tandem with suspect redistricting that resulted in Russell Pearce’s loss of his district seat and the senate presidency. He was defeated by a one-termer, but that was of no consequence to the Republic.  They simply wanted Pearce, the architect of SB 1070, out.

Attorney General Tom Horne is now in the daily’s sights. While Superintendent of Public Instruction, he successfully fought the racist and anti-American MAS program in Tucson Unified School District. As Attorney General he has been a standout, but not one of their choosing. Conservative Horne urged the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a Ninth Circuit ruling, arguing that Arizona has a right to deny Medicaid funding to abortion providers. Planned Parenthood is scheduled to receive more than $1.5 billion in Medicaid subsidies

What do Noble, Herrod, Arpaio, Kavanagh, Pearce and Horne all have in common? They are independent thinking, conservative Republicans, who don’t take their marching orders from the editorial board of the dying newspaper or the squishy party establishment elites, earning them attacks from the daily — which wants to see all of the top offices led by Democrats. When they endorse a Republican it will be a RINO or the weakest candidate, positioning the Democrat to win the general.

This isn’t rocket science.

9 Responses to AZ Republic’s hit pieces: Have you noticed a pattern?

  1. Ajo Joe says:

    I’m old enough to remember when people would take the newspaper endorsements with them to the polls on election day. That was back when the newspaper was run by the Pulliam family and was considered trustworthy. Now (happily) most of the Repugnant endorsed candidates lose, which shows how far the left wing contriver of news has fallen in its credibility. Couple that with the fact that fewer people under 60 even read it, and its relevance drops even further.

    This study is from 2011. It’s declined further since then.

  2. jake says:

    I also noticed that other front page articles are filled with situations where people who are in dire need have been helped by government programs. You can tell an election is coming.

  3. Maggie says:

    Speaking of Sheriff Arpaio, it’s time wre take a page from his book and follow his lead. Watch the end of this ad. I love it!

  4. Arizona Conservative Guy says:

    Excellent points made here about the Arizona Republic’s take on conservatives. Each of those named here have been mercilessly brutalized by the lefties at the newspapers. Today Laurie Roberts took a needless (and unrelated to the rest of her column) jab at CAP’s Cathi Herrod.

    The Republicans the newspaper treats with kid gloves are Jeff Flake and John McCain. That tells me all I need to know, about both the rag and AZ’s poor excuses for Republican senators.

  5. ZOO says:

    About Gannett from Wikipedia:

    “… It is the largest U.S. newspaper publisher as measured by total daily circulation. Its assets include the national newspaper USA Today and the weekly USA Weekend. Its largest non-national newspaper is The Arizona Republic in Phoenix, Arizona. Other significant newspapers include The Indianapolis Star, The Cincinnati Enquirer, The Tennessean in Nashville, Tennessee, The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Kentucky, the Democrat and Chronicle in Rochester, NY, The Des Moines Register, the Detroit Free Press and The News-Press in Fort Myers. Gannett owns or operates 43 television stations through Gannett Broadcasting, Inc. and is the largest group owner of stations affiliated with NBC and CBS…”

    FCC notes on regulation:

    “…Beginning in 1975, FCC rules banned cross-ownership by a single entity of a daily newspaper and television or radio broadcast station operating in the same local “market.” Under the 2007 revised rule, the FCC evaluates a proposed cross-ownership combination on a case-by-case basis to determine whether it would be in the public interest – specifically, whether it would promote competition, localism and diversity.

    The FCC also presumes that a combination of a newspaper and a TV station is in the public interest if:

    1) the TV station is not ranked among the top four stations in the DMA; and

    2) at least eight independently owned major media voices (major newspapers and/or full-power TV stations) would remain in the market following the transaction…”

    Is this criteria really being met in the case of Gannett/KPNX/Arizona Republic? Fox News Corporation’s wholly-owned KSAZ Fox 10 could not be counted in the guidelines as it is not independently owned.

    Maybe this is something “perpetual targets” of Gannett’s wrath should be looking into. FCC broadcast licenses are subject to “challenges” prior to renewal.

  6. State Delegate says:

    SRAZ asks and answers the bottom line here with “What do Noble, Herrod, Arpaio, Kavanagh, Pearce and Horne all have in common? They are independent thinking, conservative Republicans, who don’t take their marching orders from the editorial board of the dying newspaper or the squishy party establishment elites, earning them attacks from the daily — which wants to see all of the top offices led by Democrats “

    This couldn’t be more true! There is no doubt we need to keep our eyes on the ball. If we allow ourselves to be led by McCain, Flake, Kyl and Montgomery and support their hand selected recruits we are going to be calling Fred DuVal “Governor” and Felecia Rottelini “Attorney General.” If you like what we’ve gotten from Brewer (who is under the thumb of Team McCain ) you’ll be ripe for this takeover. I’m not!

  7. Southwest Cincinnatus says:

    You must excuse me, but it is important to separate Sean Noble from an otherwise laudatory group. Noble went out of his way to insult J.D. Hayworth and gratuitously endorse John McCain in 2010; then Noble served as a pooh-bah in the Jeff Flake for Senate Campaign. It shouldn’t surprise us that The Arizona Repugnant would omit such important details. The bottom line on Sean? A conservative he ain’t…but a conniver (and quite possibly) a crook?

    • Attila The Hunny1 says:

      Southwest Cincinnatus,

      Your comment piqued my interest, since I remember being well served by Congressman J.D. Hayworth. I don’t ordinarily read the newspaper, but made it a point to find this article.

      Noble sounds distinctly ignoble. Being overpaid $26 million to run lackluster, second rate “advocacy campaigns,” is one thing, but ditching his large family…and in the divorce proceedings, his attempts to cut off any support to his wife and their children is particularly low. That speaks to the core of this man as nothing else does. It’s apropos to remember that Scripture asks, “Why doth the wicked prosper?”

      Sean (not so) Noble taints any candidate and issue he works for.

      • PV PC says:

        Didn’t read the article, but I well recall Sean Noble as former Rep. John Shadegg’s right hand guy, close associate and advisor. What I’ve never forgotten about Shadegg is this comment where he slurred the very Arizona voters who put him in office in an article in the liberal New York Times. He probably thought none of us Arizona yokels would read it.

        I included the link to verify his insulting comments.
        “I believe the Republican Party in Arizona has been hurt very badly by the image created by those who have been most outspoken in their attacks on the illegal immigration issue, who have created the appearance that Republicans are xenophobic, that seem by their comments and are by their comments intolerant.”

        Since I am neither “xenophobic” nor “intolerant,” but believe in the rule of law, respecting this great nation and the process of legal immigration, Shadegg’s words were particularly offensive to me. Former U. S. Rep. J.D. Hayworth wrote a book titled “Whatever It Takes,” with a distinctly different viewpoint. He was not onboard with ceding our country over to our invaders and recognized the link between our dangerously open border and the war on terror.