…as it continues to insult its few remaining readers
To be charitable, it must take more than a small amount of grit to admit that you are looking doom in the eye. Still, it’s not easy to be benevolent to an entity that is responsible for waging war on people and issues that exemplify the best our state and nation have to offer.
Reading the pathetic plea for new subscribers by Greg Burton, the Arizona Republic’s newly hired executive editor, evoked feelings akin to watching a fly trying to wrangle its way out of a sticky spider’s web. The onlooker knows full well the imminent future in store for the fly, but it remains impossible to overt one‘s eyes. And after the cruel fate being historically replicated, its difficult not to wonder why the fly went to its demise without learning to avoid the trap.
The Hillary-endorsing newspaper, ignoring her lies and scandals, has waged relentless, multi-pronged attacks on President Donald Trump, either forgetting or determining as irrelevant, that he won all of Arizona’s electoral votes. If not blinded by rabid anti-Trumpism, his popularity would not have been difficult to discern based solely on the massive and exuberant turnout at his Arizona rallies.
In his short tenure, this is not Greg Burton’s first bite at the begging-for-subscribers apple. Earlier this month he began his plea by extolling the gender and ethnic diversity in the newsroom, as if such factors determine excellence. His offensive premise is only “people of color” can relate to “other people of color.”
He wrote, “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%.”
Following that brilliance to its logical conclusion, as an imperfect white male, Burton should be jobless again in record time.
His most recent plea actually states:
“At every point, journalists on assignment for The Arizona Republic stood on the shoulders of subscribers. That’s where we stand today. In return, our promise is to chronicle the best of Arizona, expose the worst and deeply examine the issues that matter most to you.
The future of our business depends on more than casual readers, though – we need loyal, paying subscribers to continue our mission.
To reward that commitment to our journalism, we’re rolling out a new program this week in which we publish a portion of our work exclusively for subscribers.”
Translated, Burton’s promise to “expose the worst,” means the newspaper will continue to brutalize President Trump and endorse Democrats for state and county offices.
For these ongoing insults and its vow to “continue to investigate police shootings” — as if police are marauding gang members, rather than public protectors — the aptly nicknamed Arizona Repulsive continually hikes its subscription rates, while delivering fewer pages and content written by ASU student interns lacking editors. They are taught early on that the politically correct words “immigrant” or “undocumented immigrant” should be applied to illegal aliens. The U.S. Supreme Court, which has decided numerous cases involving federal immigration law, uses the correct, precise legal term “illegal alien,” as noted by Hans von Spakovsky, a Senior Legal Fellow with the Heritage Foundation.
In a nod to its aging readers, today’s edition of the emaciated daily — in both size and content — has seven full page ads for hearing aids. It also engages in propagandizing them, as in a column today in which the Washington Post’s Richard Cohen refers to President Trump using these incendiary words: “He is the most un-American of all American presidents, a boorish man who has erased the distance between the mob and the speaker. He is both at the same time.”
Is it any wonder the newspaper is dying?