Leftist news skew brings honor to newspaper
The anorexic, continuing to wither and fail Arizona Republic has mustered enough energy to continually hammer a major target: charter schools. They not only operate independent of the public school system providing parents with choices for their own children‘s education, but they excel at doing it. This drives the liberals running the newspaper apoplectic to the point of publishing countless hit pieces on charter schools that have waiting lists for admissions.
It’s worthy of note that charter school teachers did not participate in #Reds for Ed, the mass union-backed walkout, demanding 20 percent raises, as they abandoned 840,000 students statewide for a week — in violation of their contractual agreements — as they followed a 24-year-old, self-proclaimed Socialist leader.
Now the newspaper proudly proclaims it has received a “top honor” for the charter school reports winning the George Polk Award for Education Reporting. The award was conferred by the obscure Brooklyn Long Island University that notes a focus on environmental reporting. The school’s Global Institute hosted Bill Clinton — who doesn’t come cheap —- as he “addressed the sold-out crowd of more than 2,200 people for nearly two hours, touching on international affairs such as North Korea and the Middle East, as well as gun legislation, education, and the broader issue of democracy.” To the best of our knowledge, he left his cigar at home.
Clinton was introduced by former Congressman Steve Israel, who enthused, “President Bill Clinton’s historical impact and experience cannot be understated. His worldview is especially appreciated during this time of global uncertainty and complexity.”
And the elephant in the room is…?
Contrary to the self-congratulatory headline in the local newspaper, “Republic gets top honor for charter schools reports,” it was one of myriad recipient in 16 categories praised for leftwardly skewing the news. One winner excelled in bashing President Trump. Another alleges to have “amassed evidence of ballot fraud in a disputed North Carolina Congressional election.”
Except for the bracketed sentence, this is an exact copy of the distortions the Polk Award praises:
A team of reporters in Louisiana showed that convictions from split juries disproportionately impacted non-white defendants. Another team in Arizona combed records to reveal false claims and insider deals in the charter school industry. A third converged on the southern border and then spread across the country to show the traumatic effects of separating children from parents and other relatives under the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy of immigration.” [Unworthy of mention is the fact that the policy they are so outraged over was used extensively during the Obama administration.]
It continues, “Reporters analyzed a voluminous trove of documents to trace President Trump’s personal wealth to gifts from his father rather than to his own business acumen.”
The awards ceremony featured a “special panel discussion on the role of the press moderated by Washington Post media columnist Margaret Sullivan.”
Is there a newspaper more deeply mired in leftist ideology than the Washington Post? Only the shriveling Hillary-endorsing, Trump- despising, Arizona Republic.
The fish wrap has outdone itself.