As if anyone needed further evidence that the local newspaper is on borrowed time, the latest report is that Nicole Carroll, a senior newsroom executive at the Arizona Republic for over a decade, is leaving to take the post of Editor-in-Chief of USATODAY, “the nation’s largest circulation newspaper,’ according to the Republic’s own front page coverage of the abandonment.
The reason behind the large circulation claim is the garish, magazine-like publication is given away “free” at hotels across the USA. Or so we thought. The Gannett publication actually reaps mega millions yearly with the distribution, by colluding with hotels to tack the charges onto your bill.
Just a couple of months ago, Arizona State University bragged it had snagged the Arizona Republic’s Publisher Mi-Ai Parrish. She was willing to ditch the newspaper for what is reported to be a much lower salary to take the post of Professor in Media Innovation and Leadership at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Think of that as inculcating leftwingism to the J students.
Parrish left her post as president and publisher of Republic Media, which operates the Arizona Republic, azcentral.com and La Voz as part of the USA Today Network — to join the Cronkite School on Jan. 1. She will “teach, write, speak and collaborate on how to preserve and grow a robust free press in the digital age.” With those abilities, Parrish should have stayed at the newspaper and tried to keep it afloat —- although she was probably all too aware of the futility of that ginormous task.
Firings, buy-outs of long term employees and general mayhem have been the order of the day at the increasingly anorexic newspaper. Cronkite students, using colloquialisms and writing in Charles Schultz’ Snoopy “It was a dark and stormy night” style, are ineffectively filling the gaps.
The Hillary-endorsing newspaper is a contemptible farce, mercifully fading fast. It has shrunken in actual size but uses oversized — oftentimes, half page photos or illustrations — to take up space. Content consists in large part of pre-written pap that bears no resemblance to news. Entertainment and dining are given prominence. More than occasionally the same article will appear a day apart, or even in the same issue, with a few pages separating them, earning it our nickname of The Daily Regurgitation. We also refer to it as The Periódico de la República de Arizona for its unswerving open borders stance and desire to gift American citizenship to those who disregard our laws and sovereignty.
Most egregious of all is its propensity to routinely insult the aging demographic readers, who overwhelming voted for President Trump, a man the newspaper despises. Disreputable RINOs McCain and Flake, both on their way out, are its poster “boys” of Republicanism.
ASU’s journalism students have become the unseasoned glue that holds the disheveled mess together, though their commitment to the First Amendment is questionable. In 2009, after inviting Sheriff Joe Arpaio to participate in a forum, the students in the audience began loudly chanting Bohemian Rhapsody, drowning him out as he attempted to respond.
Do those in charge at the Republic actually expect anyone to take seriously the views of the skewed editorial board, the toady columnists and rude student reporters who disrespect the First Amendment?
Thursday’s edition of the Wall Street Journal carried a cogent editorial, “Peter Thiel’s Warning to the Valley.” The Valley in question was Silicon Valley but the Valley of the Sun would be an apt substitute. The thrust is contained in these few words: “Hostility to half of America isn’t good business—or politics.”