Facts take a back seat at Arizona Republic

State Sen. Sylvia Allen never called for “mandatory church attendance” though the newspaper wishes she had

In another multi-pronged whammy —- at which the political assassins masquerading as journalists have become so adept —- the leftist crew at the Arizona Republic has another conservative in its sights. And once the lie morphs into a pseudo-fact simply by being in print, other sources obligingly pick it up and sprint with it —- among them CNN, the New York Daily News, the Christian Science Monitor, and numerous television outlets.

The actual issue concerns comments made by state Sen. Sylvia Allen (R-LD 6) during a committee hearing on legislation intended to expand the rights of gun owners.

Truth becomes incidental when the message can be manipulated to confound those naive enough to believe the written word, never identified as a wistful comment (Allen referred to it as “flippant”) and never a “mandate” —- when it comes packaged in a newspaper.

“I believe what’s happening to our country is that there is a horrible erosion of the soul of America,” Allen told the state appropriations committee last week. “We are slowly eroding religion at every opportunity that we have. We should probably be debating a bill requiring every American to attend a church of their choice on Sunday to see if we can get back to having a moral rebirth,” she added. She also noted it would never happen.

This bit of nostalgic longing for simpler times opened the door for bona fide liberal EJ Montini to pounce with mocking derision, using his column to sarcastically beseech God to save us all from this fringe loony from Snowflake who he claims wants to impose “mandatory church” attendance —- you know, the senator who serves as President Pro Tempore of the Arizona Senate.

The actual problem with Sen. Allen isn’t her words. It’s her politically conservative bent.

Montini was followed with a vile effort by cartoonist Steve Benson who boorishly mischaracterized Allen as pushing for —- if you answered, “mandatory church attendance,” you win the prize.

The rest of them should get the Joseph Goebbels propagandist award. Adolf Hitler’s Reich Minister for Public Enlightenment and Propaganda was noted for his view of the big lie:

 “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.” 

Substitute the word “State” with the propagandists at the Arizona Republic.

10 Responses to Facts take a back seat at Arizona Republic

  1. Maggie says:

    Typical. I expect nothing else from the conservative hating libs at the newspaper that has earned its nickname of the “AZ Repulsive.”

  2. John Liberty says:

    This is all just another REASON I dropped The Republic years ago, for the Liberal bias was all too plan to see. So it would follow the ideas of Joseph Stalin were in play then and now:
    “We don’t let them have ideas. Why would we let them have guns?”

    Or as President Franklin D. Roosevelt said:
    “In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way.”

    And all confirmed by Obama’s former Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel who said: “You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before”.
    And so the game of politics has shown us that the ideology of submission and conquest over Liberty is alive and well within the paper called The Arizona Republic.

  3. East Valley Conservative says:

    Ever since Steve Benson left the Mormon church he has been on an anti-Mormon crusade. His guilt level must be extreme since he was educated at BYU and is the grandson of former LDS Church president Ezra Taft Benson. Sylvia Allen is a devout Mormon, which explains Benson’s fire breathing wrath aimed at her. Since abandoning his faith, he has become a prominent critic of religion on the anti-religious circuit, even appearing at the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s annual conventions. He was quoted in the group’s paper, Freethought Today,”If, as the true believers claim, the word ‘gospel’ means good news, then the good news for me is that there is no gospel, other than what I can define for myself, by observation and conscience. As a freethinking human being, I have come not to favor or fear religion, but to face and fight it as an impediment to civilized advancement.”

    Steve Benson views himself as the Supreme Being.

  4. jon jensen says:

    That is a pretty weak defense of sen. allen I think the british call it damning with faint praise.

    • Dennis O'Brien says:

      What an interesting interpretation. It’s exactly the opposite of the conclusion I came to while reading this post. You must be a fan of Herr Goebbels.

  5. Conservative Since Birth says:

    I admire Sylvia Allen. I’m not in her district and she doesn’t know me from Adam, but I once sent her an email agreeing with her stance on illegal immigration and she sent me a thank you email in return. It wasn’t a “form letter” type of answer – it was a personal thank you. When I see anything about her, I have always agreed with where she stands. As I said – I admire her.

    I never read the AZ Repugnant because they’re so slanted, it’s not even fun to peruse. It’s like Arizona’s own MSNBC as far as being ‘newsworthy.’

    East Valley Conservative : Very informative post.

  6. Kimball says:

    There’s nothing quite as pathetic as self-loathing. Steve Benson has every right to hold whatever views he desires, but putting his anti-LDS standard on display shows a very bleak side of his once vibrant personality. Montini? His liberal arrogance, coated with a veneer of sappiness is painful to read…so I don’t.

  7. SmallGovt says:

    The real story that should be covered is the Peoria School system pleading poverty and attempting to go to a 4-day week. Where is the contrary reports and the outrage over where the ample amount of money appropriated actually goes?

    Where is SRAZ?

  8. LEO IN TSN says:

    The Repugnant is still repulsive and dying, and its “journalists” are still devoid of integirity – that is a constant.

    However, yesterday in the state senate, Arizona freedom and education was surrendered by a small group of RINOS. If you live in these districts, praise them for enslaving our kids and grandkids. You get what you elect – you can’t say they didn’t have a history.

    “HB2190 (Common Core Repeal and Replace ) died in the Senate with a 13-16 vote with 1 not voting. Our four so-called Republicans Dial, Driggs, Pierce and Worsley voted with the democrats and killed this bill. These Senators who voted “nay” obviously continue to hold their allegiance to the Chambers of Commerce instead of listening to “We the People.” I encourage you to contact these Senators and let them understand your displeasure for not casting a vote for our children:

    Jeff Dial (LD18) jdial@azleg.gov 602-926-5550
    Adam Driggs (LD28) adriggs@azleg.gov 602-926-3016
    Steve Pierce (LD1) spierce@azleg.gov 602-926-5584
    Bob Worsley (LD25) bworsley@azleg.gov 602-926-5760

    Send a big thank you to Rep. (Mark) Finchem for standing up for our children and all of the Senators who voted Aye on HB2190:”

    This kinda takes the pressure off of McDucey maybe?

    God bless America.