Irrelevancy personified: exposed in a box of collectibles

Arizona’s shrunken and failing daily newspaper is a topic we’ve covered from time to time. Its favored themes are steeped in unabashed liberalism and the in-tandem editorials, columnists’ blather  and vicious cartoons are calculated to propagandize those few who still rely on the left-wing medium for information.

Examples are numerous. The recent editorial taking conservative state Sen. John Kavanagh to task for SB 1044, actually exposes a sensible bill he has introduced to exclude illegal aliens from Census population counts. Fiscal appropriations are tied to the head count. Population numbers also determine apportionment of congressional districts, making his proposal even more rational. Monday’s rank editorial refers to him as “Arizona’s immigration bad boy” in a headline.

Sen. Kavanagh didn’t just fall off the turnip truck. His impressive bio would be the envy of the newspaper’s top brass were it not for his political bent. 

This attempt at degradation of a popular Republican is nothing new. The list of conservative office holders — local, statewide and national — who have been routinely disparaged in the newspaper’s pages is lengthy.  With the world in turmoil, the newspaper did, however, devote the entire front page to a mega pic of the crowd at the College Football Playoff National Championship and the death of celebrity rocker/pervert David Bowie. His former wife revealed she and bi-Bowie were late for their own nuptials due to the fact that they were engaged in a ménage a trois. 

Of corollary interest is the box a neighbor bought at a garage sale. The unopened container was sold as a grab bag item for $15. Examining the assorted contents, obviously worth far more than his purchase price was entertaining.  But what was even more eye catching were headlines in the newspapers wrapping the treasures, proof positive that nothing changes at the irrelevant daily:

Fri. Aug. 26, 2005: Arizona gets tough on teacher licensing  (Sexual predators are still teaching.)

Sun. Oct. 23, 2005: An entire Viewpoints section devoted to “immigration,” filled with the words “migration,” “undocumented” and “migrants.”  The report by Richard deUriarte, then on the editorial board, is  titled, “Border fight forgets migrants’ humanity.” Sens. John McCain and Jon Kyl each expounded (blah, blah, blahing) on the need to update laws and for additional resources ($$$) and reform. The favored amnesty term  ‘comprehensive,’ too long for the headline, was tucked inside the report.

Sat. Nov. 12, 2005:  Homeless get their own court. (The article explains that charges will be cleared as an incentive for rehabilitation.)

The one certainty at the daily newspaper? Everything old is new again.

6 Responses to Irrelevancy personified: exposed in a box of collectibles

  1. PV PC says:

    I honesty don’t know a single soul who still subscribes to the Arizona Republic. Its news is old by the time the morning edition is out. Besides, who wants to pay to have their intelligence insulted? I see it occasionally where I stop for breakfast on the way to my office. They have a couple of free copies in sections available for diners. Few read it. Most are busy texting, even those who are sitting with others. It’s the new rudeness.

  2. lowadobian says:

    “But wait! There’s more!” …the AZ Republic will never go out of business. Why? Because their ownership will do what the Philadelphia Inquirer (et al) have announced. They become part of a “Non profit”, aligned with a University (Cronkite School, anyone?) and tuck in under a “For profit” arm. Neat, huh? Montini must be absolutely wetting himself.

    • Orion says:

      Please don’t ruin my day with this wretched scenario!

      I still do believe that the newspaper’s days are numbered for the simple reason that readership (both digital and hard copy) is down and advertisers are fleeing as though the black plague has returned and is based at the Republic’s offices.

      I make it a point to avoid advertisers who buy ads with the newspaper. I also call, ask for the manager and make sure to let them know why I’m taking my business elsewhere. Grocery stores and car dealerships are the sole exceptions, since there is no way to avoid either if you enjoy eating and driving.

      • Orion says:

        PS: I neglected to mention the ongoing pink slipping of employees and early retirement incentives for long timers at the Republic as it desperately tries to stay afloat.

  3. Hometown Guy says:

    The Arizona Republic is already dead. It’s just taking a while longer to turn its feet skyward.There is no actual reporting by journalists who take their craft seriously. It’s filled with liberal opinion and leftist, pro-illegal bias permeates the pages. The rest of it is restaurant reviews, sports and entertainment coverage.Newspapers are relics. News is now instantaneous.

  4. Saguaro Sam says:

    The reason that the rag is still published is because of the friggin snowbirds. They must use it to line their cages.