The harsh truth for many of us who grew up following the news, is journalism Is dead. Victor Davis Hanson, writer extraordinaire, provides the stark reality in his illuminating column, “Journalism is Dead—Long Live the Media!“ posted on American Greatness. The entire column is a worthy read, though we have lifted two paragraphs as we zero in on the affront that appeared in Arizona’s pathetic excuse for a newspaper.
“Concerning the three great psychodramas of the last two years—the Kavanaugh hearings, the Covington kids fiasco, and the Jussie Smollett fantasy—the media for too long trafficked in the lies of the discredited and predicated their coverage on ideology: feminists, Native Americans, and African-Americans as noble victims; their white male oppressors not so much, regardless of the actual facts of the case.
During the Duke lacrosse team mess, the University of Virginia fraternity hoax, and the George Zimmerman-Trayvon Martin drama the public first began to sense the old implicit media bias had become something new—an outright distortion of evidence to serve a higher cause. We are now at the point that the news consumer has little expectation that journalists will report the facts, but assumes that they will massage, distort, and misrepresent narratives for purposes of supposed social utility.”
Next, the failing, left-leaning Arizona Republic:
The homeless, skeletal semblance of its former self after massive layoffs, relying on editor-less ASU Cronkite students working out of their cars, dependent on McDonald’s wi-fi — treats readers to an embarrassing half-page editorial.
Greg Burton, a new hire as executive editor, unashamedly exposes the truth that drives the newsroom. If you guessed news, you’re off by a country mile. It’s diversity! The actual title?
To Burton, gender and ethnicity trump (oops!) competency. He lists the percentages of “women and people of color” the newspaper has hired, promoted and added to the management ranks, while acknowledging the many personnel loses as subscriptions have plummeted. Burton continues, “We’ve dedicated ourselves to improving diversity as we recruit and retool. In 2018 and 2019, we rebuilt the newsroom to 30% people of color. As I write this, we’re at 31%.”
His offensive premise is only “people of color” can relate to “other people of color.” Following that brilliance to it’s logical conclusion, as an imperfect white male, Burton should be jobless again in record time.
According to Feb. 2019 numbers provided by Statista, only 32% of United States’ adults trust the news media most of the time. The U.S. was among the several countries where less than 35 percent of survey respondents considered news media generally trustworthy, ranking close to Malaysia, Taiwan and Slovakia.
The Arizona Republic’s new executive editor Greg Burton provides a clue for the lack of trust. If reporters are hired to fill quotas based on their melanin/skin pigment and whether they sit or stand in the bathroom, clearly readers are held in similar disregard. That could be added to the long list of why there are so few left.
He concludes with this deceitful though pitiable pitch: “Know this about The Republic: We’re here to produce and deliver great journalism, and to reflect the community we serve. If you’re not a subscriber, join us at (provides the subscription address).” We’re betting there won’t be a rush to take him up on the invitation to support the shrunken, overpriced, Hillary endorsing rag that values diversity over veracity.