Back in July 2012, Seeing Red AZ congratulated Arizona Republic columnist Robert Robb for what we termed “a masterful job of explaining the deception behind the ballot initiative” known as “Top Two Primary.” A link to his entire column is contained in our post “Top 2 Primary” exposed as anti-conservative ruse.
This wisdom was excerpted from his column:
“A little honesty and sobriety is in order about the top-two primary system initiative that apparently will be on the November ballot. The purpose of the initiative should be stated plainly and bluntly: It is to reduce the influence of conservative Republicans in Arizona. The rhetoric used to sell it will be more lofty. There will be a pretense of deploring extremism on both sides of the political divide. But what’s driving the initiative isn’t a concern that the Democrats who get elected in Arizona are too liberal. It’s a call-to-arms reaction to a bone-deep belief that the Republicans who run Arizona are too conservative.”
Regarding his assessment, we noted, “It’s not what you’d expect to see in the pages of the left-wing Arizona Republic, which has made pushing this agenda a unified effort engaged in by reporters, editorialists and columnists — who must receive marching orders pumped into their ears through nocturnal subliminal messaging between 2:00 and 4:00 a.m.”
The ballot farce allows all candidates — regardless of party affiliation or even opting out of identifying themselves — to compete against one another on the primary ballot, with the “top two” moving on to the General Election. The desire of the left leaning newspaper would be to have two Democrats rise to the top, restricting our ballot choices to liberal and liberal. In an outrageous column by a now retired political reporter the deception was cunningly referred to as a “multipartisan effort to counter Arizona party extremists.” Know this. At the Arizona Republic, leftists are never considered extreme.
Fast forward to 2016. What a difference four years make. The newspaper lingers in dire straits, suffering from subscription losses and declining ad revenues. Layoffs and buyouts have left the newsroom in the hands of ASU Cronkite slave labor students and a few remaining hard-core agenda pushers. Robert Robb wears a new title, Editorial Columnist, and now falls in line, with an editorial bearing this headline: Top-two primary would better fit political landscape, but probably not change much. This is the same Robert Robb who previously called out the election farce as “…another disappointing attempt to change election outcomes by changing the rules.”
Dissent is gone. Integrity is an abstract memory. The remaining employees march in lockstep. The anorexic Arizona Republic has pathetically been reduced to decimating entertainment, sports and dishonest drivel passing for news. Identical “reports” are often regurgitated in follow-up issues. Don’t let the charlatans deceive you.
The deceitful “Top Two” election manipulation has seen many incarnations, and like a vampire with a stake in its heart, keeps returning. Here are some of our previous posts:
March 26, 2010: Liberal Linda Valdez promotes guise for deceiving voters
Aug. 5, 2011: AZ leftwingers promote neutered political sham
Dec. 4, 2011: Valdez hopes to gut political parties, blur core lines
Feb. 15, 2012: Daily’s promotion of political sham revs up