Statehood Day: At 105, Arizona’s an eyewitness to fake news

Today is Statehood Day. Arizona officially became a state on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, 1912.  The newspaper that brought news to the state’s citizens debuted May 19, 1890, over two decades before Arizona moved from territory status to an official state with Gov. George W. P. Hunt at the helm. Readers who disdain the current leftward slant of the Arizona Republic will be surprised to know that its original masthead was the Arizona Republican. Even after the name was changed to the current Arizona Republic, its publisher and newspaper magnate Eugene Pulliam and his wife Nina, held fast to the conservative tone that characterized the content.

After their deaths, the Pulliam’s vast publishing holding Central Newspapers; Inc. was acquired by Gannett, Inc. and the downhill slide began in earnest. When the daily endorsed Hillary Clinton for president in 2016, it heralded the predictable move as being “extraordinary,” writing “never in its long history has the newspaper endorsed a Democrat — for president” (emphasis ours). It certainly has endorsed many Democrats for public office along with promoting reliably liberal issues.  In fact, the Arizona Republic endorsed Democrat Lyndon Johnson over Arizona native Barry Goldwater by omission as reported in the Washington Post.

Admitting Hillary was substandard, the editorial board engaged in overt understatement writing: 

“Make no mistake: Hillary Clinton has flaws. She has made serious missteps.”

Clinton lost as she should have, a fact the editorial board,  reporters, columnists, and the not-so-funny cartoonist at the Arizona Republic can’t seem to wrap their heads around. As they mourn their loss, the content is skewed even further left and President Donald Trump has become the newspaper’s punching bag.

A month before the Nov. 8, presidential election, Dan Nowicki, McCain and Flake’s assigned sycophantic reporter wrote an embarrassing piece titled, “3 reasons why Trump is in trouble in Arizona.” The editorial masquerading as a news report, included these words:

“Despite six trips to the state as a presidential candidate — Trump on Tuesday attracted an estimated 20,000 people to a rally in conservative Prescott Valley —  the celebrity billionaire has not been able to seal  the deal in the state.”

Actually Trump won Arizona handily, capturing all 11 electoral votes.

The markets have responded favorably to Donald Trump. The Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq each hit new all-time highs Monday. The S&P 500 has climbed five days in a row and is up 8.8% since President Trump won the November election. Treasury note yields have also been on an upward trend since Trump assumed office.

Having a businessman rather than a career-long political hack in the White House has obvious benefits. Of course, you’d never know that by reading the Arizona Republic.


6 Responses to Statehood Day: At 105, Arizona’s an eyewitness to fake news

  1. azgary says:

    Sadly Az is not alone in the biased reporting, outright lies and prog agenda of the American Media.


    believe little, verify all.

  2. Vince says:

    Why any thinking person still subscribes to this leftist news source is beyond me. Hard copies are the newsosaurs and the online version is still the same ole crap. Surely people have better uses for their money than this agendized garbage…

  3. Arizona Conservative Guy says:

    Elvia Diaz of the Arizona Repulsive newspaper is true to form this morning, opining on why she’s not writing off Jeff Flake yet.

    As I have come to expect from those at the newspaper, her piece is full of innuendo and distortions. She doesn’t acknowledge that Kelli Ward is anything more than a Lake Havasu City resident. Not a two term state senator. Not a physician. Not a military wife. Not a campaign veteran who knows full well of the deceit the leftist loons at the newspaper are capable of.

    This article dovetails perfectly into SRAZ’s post today. Incidentally, I don’t buy what you have rightly characterized as “fish wrap.” I read it free of charge where I have breakfast on my way to the office. It’s a reliable source of indigestion, but I’m a masochist.

  4. Conservative Since Birth says:

    Politicians can always find you when they need something. I received the following “Roundup Report” from Jeff Flake. Gee – is he running (hard) for reelection?….because I have NEVER received ANYTHING from Jeff Flake before this. I’ve never voted for him, never mind contributed to his campaign. I can’t stand the guy. One of the photos has him with Kelly Ayotte in the background. She, part of the McCain-Flake gang, lost her reelection last November. Hopefully, the same will happen to Obama’s favorite Caucasian.

    • Ellsworth says:

      The aptly named Jeff Flake has done a full fledged morph into McCain. There is not a sliver’s worth of difference between them.

  5. Saguaro Sam says:

    Off topic, but. . .

    AZ State Senator Debbie Lesko (R. Peoria) is under attack by Wendy Garcia (who lives in Surprise) and her merry band of protestors who appear to be well past the age of child-rearing.

    Lesko apparently wants the school voucher program expanded, and Ms. Garcia, who is picketing outside Lesko’s private residence, wants More, More, More money for public schools (also known as places where bad things happen to our children).

    It’s apparent that the west coast Lefties are taking over the west valley of Phoenix.

    Who the H in Maricopa County came up with the new courthouse, opening tomorrow in the vicinity of Van Buren and 104th Avenue?

    The entrance and lobby, which should be ultra secure in this day and age, is made of walls of glass. Looks like someone could easily drive a truck through it.

    We will be paying an enormous electric bill on this latest mistake on the part of bureaucrats.