Flinging his last bit of liberal illogico, Robert Leger, the Arizona Republic’s opinions editor, takes his early retirement with this “short takes” missive:
Journalism, the oil that keeps democracy running
“Stop buying the nonsense that when one journalist messes up (um, CNBC), it means all journalists are idiots. We’re not the Borg. We’re human, which means journalists will make mistakes. But most that I know believe in serving their communities. They strive to be fair. They strive to soar. Their work, at best, is the oil that makes self-government possible. As I leave The Republic, I salute the many fine reporters and editors here who do tremendous work.”
Nice try, but no cigar, Mr. Leger. “Mistakes” does not begin to describe the intentionally nasty, gotcha sabotage the entire CNBC panel of “journalists” dished out during the Oct. 28 assault on GOP presidential candidates, passing itself off as a “debate.” Fortunately, they were thwarted by the candidates, who rightly called them out on their pathetic behavior.
We recently noted the Gannett incentive package intended to persuade “veteran” employees to take an early hike from the failing newspaper. Leger at 58, obviously finds the deal attractive. Others have also been taking the money and running.
Soon the ASU Cronkite journalism students who care little for the First Amendment they are supposed to defend, will be running what remains of a once conservative newspaper that lost its way after the death of Eugene Pulliam — founder and longtime president of Central Newspapers Inc. He and his wife Nina, ran a newspaper empire that employed professionals and actually provided an op-ed section on the editorial pages. In what now seems to be a novel concept, it gave readers news instead of editorials passing themselves off as reports.
Today’s Arizona Republic is a repository for regurgitated USAToday’s leftward AP spew and recycled efforts from earlier in the week, or even the preceding one. Its focus has shifted from authentic news reporting to magazine-like entertainment and local dining coverage. Insulting the remaining readers with agenda is basic policy. The student reporters construct what should be straight news into Snoopyesque prose, and it often takes multiples of them to pull that off.
Believe it or not, the now failing newspaper was founded as The Arizona Republican. In it’s heyday and before the advent of instant news, the Republic was so robust it had an afternoon edition in addition to the morning delivery.
This bit of out-the-door self promotion and grandiose bent-arm back slapping doesn’t address the craftiness to which Robert Leger’s craft has fallen prey. The opinions he oversaw were intended to distort and manipulate. Only if he’d take credit for that degradation would he deserve the applause he seeks.