Dying AZ Republic heralds newsroom diversity quotas

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.

First, Hanson:

“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?

From our executive editor: We’re dedicated to improving newsroom diversity – and have the numbers to prove it.”  Seriously.

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.

8 Responses to Dying AZ Republic heralds newsroom diversity quotas

  1. Observer says:

    Don’t count on that that irrational tripe generating new subscribers, Greg. Once you’ve make enough of a fool of yourself and insulted the rest of us, you’ll be back pounding the pavement. The newspaper can’t even afford it’s own building and parking garage. How long do you think it will keep you onboard after it squeezes editorials like this one from you? Think of yourself as a short-lived tool.

  2. Maggie says:

    Ha! If the AZ Repukelick “reflects the community it serves,” why did it endorse scandal-plagued liar Hillary Clinton for president in a state that gave all of its electoral votes to Donald Trump? What kind of “reflection” is that?

  3. Saguaro Sam says:

    Maybe they should do what California is mandating, re: diversity:
    “California is poised to become the first state to ban discrimination against people with natural hair, according to reports.
    Text of the bill, SB 188, acknowledges that some characteristics of “blackness” has resulted in discrimination.”

    Forget the Azrag.

    Here’s something that should make you proud to live in America at this time in history:

    President Trump and Kim crossing the line. Look and listen.
    From the Korean State News Channel w English subtitles
    (it’s about 16 minutes of history. If the vid stops, just re-click)

    And ask yourself an honest question, why would a billionaire who has it all, fame, fortune, a warm and loving family, friends, etc. want to endanger himself and his family by becoming POTUS? Why would he want to target himself and those he cares about?

    Does he need money? Does he need fame? What does he get out of this?
    Does he want to make the US/world a better place for his family and for those good and decent people who have long been taken advantage of?
    Perhaps he could not stomach the thought of children being kidnapped, drugged, and raped while leaders/law enforcement of the world turn a blind eye.
    Perhaps he was tired of seeing how certain races/countries were being constantly abused and kept in need/poor/and suffering all for a specific purpose.
    Perhaps he could not in good conscious see the world burn.

    Please pray to God for protection over President Trump; his family, his Loyal team and our U.S. Military.

    • Anthem Al says:

      Thanks for the video, Sam. Very interesting coverage from North Korea. That’s quite a delivery style the announcer has.

      And SRAZ: Today’s post is extremely enlightening. The newspaper has no qualms about exposing the fact that its radical agenda supersedes the news. Not a surprise, but quite an admission.

  4. Braveheart says:

    The newspaper desperately wants to switch it’s remaining readers over to digital from hard copy editions. The costs to produce and deliver hard copy papers are astronomical compared to going fully digital. If the newspaper waits for its mostly senior citizen subscribers to die off, it will be too late. The Republic can’t survive another ten years of production costs. It probably can’t survive another three years. It’s been advertising for delivery people on the rain bags and in the want ad section. I’ve even passed roadway signs advertising for delivery people. Since so few subscribe, routes are no longer worth the trouble, because the addresses are few and far between forcing delivery people to cover several routes that might be miles apart.
    The newspaper is dead. It just isn’t smart enough to lie down.

  5. D.B. Cooper says:

    The truth is Affirmative Action presupposes inferiority. Those who are worthy rise to the top without artificial preferential treatment. AA is actually an insult, except for those those who view people through biased lenses such as the newspaper’s Greg Burton who sees himself as King Munificence doling news positions based on contrivances not credentials.

    I’ll bet after he does this dirty deed for the rag, he’ll be out the door in the next round of cuts. Using his own template, it should be difficult for him to get hired, unless he goes the route of Rachel Dolezal.

  6. East Valley Conservative says:

    Whites are not the oppressors. Quotas exist in hiring and even in government contracting. They’ve long existed in universities where affirmative action admissions have taken precedence over higher achieving students. Remember the Bakke decision?

    Allan Bakke, a NASA engineer and former Marine Corps officer, sought admission to medical school at the University of California (Davis) and despite excellent scholastic records, he was denied admission twice, in 1973 and 1974. He sued in state court challenging the constitutionality of the school’s affirmative action program, since his grades and test scores surpassed those of many “disadvantaged students” or “special applicants“ (none of whom were white) who were admitted. The California Supreme Court struck down the program as violating the rights of white applicants and ordered Bakke admitted. His case made its way to the US Supreme Court where he prevailed. The Court held that while affirmative action systems are constitutional, a quota system based on race is unconstitutional. Today Dr. Allan Bakke is a practicing anesthesiologist.

    Few would chose to have a lower achieving physician who got accepted to medical school due to ethnicity or gender. Desire for affirmative action stops when you are the one being wheeled in to the ER. Even liberals want the best available to be providing their care. Skin color or gender has nothing to do with excellence.


  7. Frankly Speaking says:

    This desperate new hire Greg Burton is a reliable sycophant but a lousy writer. He uses the words “I” or “I’m” repeatedly in the first five sentences of the editorial..

    He would be wise not to do the same with his resume, which he better keep polished up and ready to go. Just like any toady, he’s got his work cut out for him…until the day he becomes expendable.

    The newspaper got rid of Steve Benson, a Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist who’d been on staff for years, getting more and more liberal with each passing day, and dutifully toeing the anti-Trump line. Still, it couldn’t afford him and unceremoniously gave him the boot..

    As the old saying goes, “There’s no honor among thieves.”

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