It’s impossible to miss the impending demise of the once well-read and dependable Arizona Republic newspaper. It hasn’t been reliable since Eugene and Nina Pulliam were the conservative publishers, in the pre-Gannett glory days. News was written by reporters, not student interns lacking editors. Journalists were regarded as trustworthy, and like Clark Kent, who spent time as a reporter at the Daily Planet, their clear eyed integrity was unquestioned.
What a novel concept.
Today’s newspaper is emaciated and filled with leftist spew. Seasoned reporters and editors have taken early retirement, had their contracts bought out or been axed, as was the case recently with Pulitzer-prize winning cartoonist Steve Benson, who rose to prominence when he held a conservative perspective later degrading to brazen Trump hatred.
Sappy columnists have morphed into bomb throwers for the anti-Trump and open border agenda. Ditto the former Libertarian minded columnist who has veered into Liberal-land for job security.
Tuesday’s edition was so lightweight in both heft and content, that only the word “pathetic” is appropriately descriptive. In an interesting placement choice, an impending LGBT rights case to be heard in the fall before the U.S. Supreme Court is given front page prominence, though high arsenic levels detected in various identified bottled water brands is relegated to page 9. The entire news section, national, international and local, rated 14 pages sparsely tucked in among ads. Sports took 8 pages, including obituaries — which now abut athletic scores. ‘Things to do,’ also a section, is a hodgepodge including movie listings, hiking trails, restaurant reviews, comics, puzzles and Dear Abby. Five full pages are devoted to hearing aid advertisements, since the remaining reader base consists of senior citizens.
Mega McCain has somehow become newsworthy. One headline roars, “Meghan McCain: Bernie Sanders not fit to lead.” Another, “I still can’t go back home to Arizona,” is a commentary on her inability to cope with father’s 2018 death.
She was controlled enough to ensure that she insulted purposely uninvited President Trump and his family during her anger-laced eulogies at three separate, week-long funerals. Among the A-Listers were scandal-plagued Bill and Hillary Clinton and the part-time president and full-time vacationer and golfer, Barack Obama, who first denied and then admitted delivering $1.7 billion in cash payments to Iran in 2016. For those with short memories, Iran is the country that routinely assembles screaming mobs yelling, “Death to America!”
Coarse, tattooed and untalented, Mega McCain has briefly held a succession of television gigs only because of her recognizable last name. Her opinions influence no thinking American, making her the ideal person for the failing newspaper to cover.
Michelle Malkin provided an exemplary review in her column reprinted here in the Philadelphia Inquirer, ‘Vulgar exercises in self-indulgence’: Aretha Franklin, John McCain funerals showed how not to depart with dignity.
Malkin succinctly summed up the tastelessness using these words, “graveyard narcissism intertwined with crass partisanship.”