The AZ Republic actually wants you to buy a paper?

After expending a great deal of time and effort begging its increasingly meager reader base to “Go deeper with digital,” the failing local newspaper has done an about face — at least for Thanksgiving. The anorexic daily, skinny and wan, has done its damnedest to veer away from hard copy publications requiring newsprint, ink, delivery drivers and editions hitting driveways — though fewer do these days. 

Gannett execs offered generous bonuses to longtime employees just to get them out the door and lower their overhead, replacing them with ASU students, who have no idea what actual journalism is and not even a passing familiarity with the First Amendment. Editors are gone, so the news reports are filled with teen colloquialisms and Snoopy-like, “It was a dark and stormy night” approaches. Pertinent details are missing and, let’s face it, the once towering beacon of reliable standards now does little more than dole out leftist, agendized spew with a hefty side of food news, sports and entertainment, aimed at a nearly nonexistent audience. The internet has replaced stale hard copy with fresh up-to-the minute reports.

For the holiday, however, the aptly nicknamed Arizona Repugnant promises “Another Thanksgiving Tradition: The Giant Newspaper!”  A screaming headline blares, “It’s almost time for our BIGGEST paper of the year including inspiring stories, your holiday gift guide, things to do for the long weekend, last minute turkey tips and the GIANT crossword puzzle. Plus, all the details on the weekend’s sports scene and up to 100 inserts full of deals.” 

You can, if so inclined, pick up this gargantuan bunch of dead tree pulp “as an early bird copy at your favorite store,” they advise. “Or, if you subscribe, we’ll bring it to you Thanksgiving morning.”

That sounds like more of a threat than a promise.

5 Responses to The AZ Republic actually wants you to buy a paper?

  1. Sovereign Economist says:

    I saw the aforementioned edition in my Fry’s supermarket this Thanksgiving Eve. Displayed prominently as a foldover was a Fry’s AD!!! HA! Surprised at the oddity of such a thick pile of newsprint, my curiosity got the better of me. I picked it up and, cynic that I am, thought to myself, “So much paper, so little news!” Leafing through the rest of the paper, almost 2 inches thick, wondering to myself just where they had bundled enough news to justify it’s heft. Quickly I discovered their deceptive illusion. It was all glossy paper and ink junk-mail advertising!!! I was able to find ONE — I repeat — ONE section that appeared to have any ‘journalistic’ — er — excuse me, — I mean college or high school creative writing class material in it… Now, there might have one or two more such sections, but they were lost in the pile of ad circulars.

    There is good and bad news here. The good news is that, it appears that it’s propagandist effect is rapidly diminishing in this community as it shrivels to a mere historical footnote. The bad news is, with the economy having deteriorated to the extent that it has, all the businesses that paid for the prodigious advertising presence in this issue STILL WAY OVERPAID for the ignominy of have their offers appear in this bird cage liner. I guess I will have to put up with my parrot chirping, “Fry’s Ham, $1.67 per pound” for the holidays…. oh, wait…. no I won’t. I don’t have a parrot. So, I didn’t need any bird cage liner!!!!

  2. Ellsworth says:

    My grandparents told me they used to take the Republic’s endorsement page with them to the polls on election day! Others did as well. That’s back when the newspaper was conservative. Now, most of the newspaper’s endorsements fail. I call it the “kiss of death.”

  3. J-p A Maldonado says:

    Gannett would benefit from firing such admirers of Guacamolian invaders as Yvonne Wingnutt, Montini and Benson. Who knows: they may be able to sell few more fish-wrappers…

  4. Braveheart says:

    I jog nearly every morning and have lived in this neighborhood for 18 years. We bought in a new subdivision and knew most of the neighbors since they were new owners, also. At the time of purchase many of the homes had a newspaper in the driveway. Now there are so few I wonder how it pays for the carrier to bother to come here in the early hours. I suspect this neighborhood is no different than others around the state.

    The Arizona Republic is a dying entity and not only for the reasons mentioned in the post. The reason we dropped our subscription is we were tired of having our intelligence insulted by the likes of open border provocateur Linda Valdez, the perpetually angry (at conservatives) Steve Benson, the pea brained liberal EJ Montini and McCain’s own in house reporter Dan Nowicki. I occasionally look over the paper at the office, so I see nothing has changed. Reading it daily and actually paying for it would be a bridge too far.

    • Hometown Guy says:

      The biggest Turkey is the Arizona Republic, on Thanksgiving or any other day. Out of my friends, family or coworkers, I honestly don’t know anyone who subscribes. I grew up in a family where reading the newspaper was a morning ritual, and my father always reached for the afternoon edition known as the Gazette when he came home in the evening. Those days are long gone. Breaking news is instantly available from multiple sources. As Braveheart says, who wants to pay to be insulted. The Republic is nothing more than a tool of the left. I’m a conservative. Why would I buy it?