For years the Arizona Republic newspaper has been on a downhill slide, hemorrhaging subscriptions while its pages and regimented content continue to shrink. Without the USA Today tucked in to bulk up the mostly sports and entertainment news, there wouldn’t be enough pulp to line the proverbial birdcage. Except for a few diehard holdouts, reporters have grabbed the early buyout packages and didn’t let the door hit them in the ass on the way out. Layoffs have become routine. ASU Cronkite journalism students, working from their mobile offices — formerly known as cars — hooked up to Wi-Fi at McDonald’s, are now in charge of content.
Editorials are one-sided diatribes. Facts are skewed. Even straight news reports carry the taint of bias as the word “controversial” precedes anything with which the propagandists disagree. “Illegal aliens” long ago morphed into “migrants” and unvetted invading hordes became “refugees.” Often reports contain the words, “Some say,“ attempting to give authority to misleading content. Outright lies? They easily pass muster.
An example is unsavory E.J. Montini’s column, first printed over two weeks ago and regurgitated for maximum impact. The newspaper’s hardcopy version carries the duplicitous title:” A way to keep voters from voting so GOP wins.” Dripping with the stench of raw sewage, the column distorts the facts of ballot harvesting (video) that propelled HB 2025. Here it is again Feb. 9, boasting a few changes and a brand new heading, “Suppressing votes to restore….integrity?”
Linda Valdez, spewing her bile from her perch in the Old Pueblo — Tucson, for newcomers — couldn’t contain her “Bern” for self acknowledged socialist Bernie Sanders. She writes this “Opinion,“ intended as a warning to Republicans: “Socialism has a young face in America; look out GOP.”
Think of it. A major market print newspaper, hanging on by its teeth as it competes with instant news technology, still insults the few remaining readers who keep the lights on.