It’s no secret. The Arizona Republic’s end is near. Subscriptions plummeted in the wake of its sheep-like endorsement of Hillary Clinton in 2016 in a state that gave all of its electoral votes to Donald Trump. Parent company Gannett has overseen massive layoffs following by-outs of contracted employees, leaving ASU Cronkite J School students working on the fly — since the now homeless newspaper sold its office building and parking garage to stay afloat. The Republic has repeatedly been on the auction block.
Desperate for relevancy as it attempts to entice its remaining readers to a much less expensive all digital format, the latest dodge is to bring in, “informed, connected and uniquely Arizonan” (and unpaid) writers to produce “semi-regular guest columns.” This new charade will be known as “Voices.”
The introduction muses: “Why we’re looking for more diverse opinions,” and then answers with this bit of snark: “Why do we want more civil debate and smart ideas that differ from our own? Probably because these days, they are so hard to find.”
The only takeaway from that absurdity is the consensus of opinion agrees with the editorial page editor, Phil Boas, which election results showed to be patently false.
Who could forget Boas? He’s the do-anything-for-a-buck character who oversaw the daily coordinated takedown of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio — his own father-in-law. Arpaio, who was elected to an unprecedented six four-year terms, has more savvy in his little finger than Boas has in his entire rotundity.
Boas then devotes two pages to introducing the eight members of the “Board of Contributors,” with dual sets of the same photos. Diversity is, of course, the game plan. But as with all leftists, that never includes a diversity of thought. Skin pigment reigns supreme as Boas states, “We‘ve brought together a new guard of black and Latino leadership,” oddly omitting the Asian businesswoman in the mix.
For an idea of the deception behind this farce, one of the “Voices,” is described as a “former executive director of the Arizona Republican Party.” Neglected is the fact that he is currently registered as a PND, “Party Not Declared,” after being exposed as ethically challenged.
Another “Voice” is a high schooler in her junior year, described as a “lead organizer for two climate change groups. Still too young to vote and living off of her parents, this is her youth infused arrogant self-description:
“We, the youth, believe that #thisisZeroHour to act on climate change. We cannot afford to wait any longer for adults to protect our right to a clean, safe environment and the natural resources we need to not just survive, but flourish. We know that we are the leaders we have been waiting for!”
Waste no sympathy on the coming demise of this seriously ill and chronically wrong newspaper. It has methodically been carving out its own calamitous fate.