A common New Year resolution for many is to slim down. The Arizona Republic is taking that to the next level. It’s not simply depriving itself of extra calories. It’s becoming an emaciated homeless vagrant.
The 10-story building and parking garage the Republic once called home has sold for a reported $38 million. The plan is for the company to lease back space from ViaWest, the Phoenix-based real estate company that purchased the newspaper’s properties.
Subscriptions have continued to plummet and Gannett shares have followed suit. Still, the departing execs take good care of themselves, as tweeted by longtime insider, Jim Romenesko. The latest closing price for Gannett as of December 31, 2018 was a skeletal 8.53.
The handwriting was on the wall as far back as June 2011, when Gannett — the parent company of the Arizona Republic — laid off 700 employees in its newspaper division, as it announced, “we need to take further steps to align our costs with the current revenue trends.” Layoffs and buyouts continued as the newspaper decreased in size and content, replacing seasoned reporters and editors with ASU Cronkite J students.
Aside from promoting leftist candidates, an open border, taking potshots at elected Republicans and insulting its remaining readers while spewing venom at President Trump — the Hillary Clinton and Kyrsten Sinema endorsing newspaper could be counted on to give slavish praise to Senators McCain and Flake. The Republic dedicated incessant coverage to the seemingly endless funeral for one and the face-saving “retirement” of the other, after he garnered only 18% approval ratings in his home state.
Newspapers were once regarded as bastions of integrity, printing op-eds, presenting different points of view. That practice has long been cold-storaged at the local newspaper. The homeless Arizona Republic is dead. It just doesn’t know enough to lie down.
Perhaps it won’t be long before E.J. Montini, Laurie Roberts, and the rest of the liberal gasbags will have to shuffle on over to La-La land, territory of the Fruits and the Nuts, where they’ll find a more accepting (read: gullible) audience for their blather.
We cancelled our subscription to the Republic/Gazette – yes the Republic/Gazette back in the 80’s. At that time I was told by the newsroom “we only report on stories that sell papers & bad news sells”. This after calling & asking why nothing was reported on Phx PD catching a bank robber in Chris-Town mall with $ 86,000 in cash with out incident!!!
Summary: the Gazette died years ago & the AZ Republic has been reporting “Fake news & propaganda” for decades!! I’m so happy we chose not to support them for over 40 yrs! Right decision then, the right decision now!
Happy New Year! SRAZ!
No pity from me, but St. Vincent de Paul charity which provides food and emergency housing in downtown Phoenix is nearby. Perhaps they can help;
Having to endure praying to a higher power might be too much for these self anointed, though now evicted, deities. The Arizona Daily Independent ran this comic depicting the AZ Republic’s Phil Boas with a link to a previous SRAZ post. I ran across it while doing a search and laughed til it hurt. It is not only timely but was a warning of things to come.
As an escapee from what will hopefully be the 51st State of Jefferson in rural Northern California someday, I can tell you that the AZ Repulsive is practically a right wing paper compared to what the McClatchy owned Sacramento Bee has become.
BTW, the Bee is also on it’s last legs. Neither will be missed when they’re gone.
Here’s another indication of the dire straits Gannett is in.
Comerica Bank Sells 9,887 Shares of Gannett Co Inc (GCI)
So, Happy New Year!
Now that that’s out of the way, I found the following on DRUDGE, via The Daily Star:
I certainly hope this mcMoron is shown the error of his ways, & will in the end, support President Donald J. Trump as the Presumptive nominee for RE-ELECTION in 2020…