The title of Judge Judy’s book, “Don’t pee on my leg and tell me it’s raining” captures the essence of Phx Lawyer David J. Bodney’s editorial
The American Bar Association has an informational page on its website providing an answer to the burning question, “When Do I Need A Lawyer?”
Missing among the numerous examples is, “When you are a failing, far left, Hillary-endorsing, Trump-hating newspaper, hemorrhaging subscriptions faster than any other in the Gannett news conglomerate.”
Nevertheless, the lead editorial, “Loss of local news imperils democracy,” written by the hard left Arizona Republic’s democrat lawyer/lobbyist, David J. Bodney is a shocking admission of the newspaper’s dire plight.
Bodney refers to the Pew study released last year observing most Americans — three out of every four — expressed the view that local news outlets are doing fine financially. He quotes Margaret Sullivan, media columnist for the Washington Post, who frets, “Less than one in six Americans, actually pays for local news, which includes having a subscription, print or digital to the local newspaper.”
Bodney goes on:
“So here’s the thing, if we are lucky enough to have a community with a local newspaper, like this one (the Arizona Republic) it’s imperative that we subscribe and support it. After all, a newspaper’s purpose isn’t just to keep public officials accountable, it is also to be the village square for an entire metropolitan area; to help provide a common reality and touchstone, a sense of community and place.”
To put his desperation plea in perspective, the Arizona Republic — originally named the Arizona Republican at its inception a dozen years before statehood — has undeniably become an arm of the democrat party, promoting its issues and massaging its office holders and candidates while salivating over the Harris/Biden ticket for obvious reasons, ignoring Biden’s dementia and son Hunter’s scandals. For all of Bodney’s grandiose platitudes about “providing a common reality,” the newspaper’s columnists, editorialists, and the few remaining reporters (excluding the ubiquitous ASU Cronkite School editor-less student interns) who have survived buyouts, layoffs, cutbacks and witnessed the selling of its building, voted to unionize. Most importantly, there is no deviation from the leftist agenda and vicious maligning of President Donald Trump and his supporters. News is free and its in our pockets. We can decide on a wide variety of platforms whether we want to be informed or pay to be insulted.
To put it acceptably, Bodney’s blather-filled editorial is utter garbage. He knows it and so do the rest of us. The reason the newspaper is dying and reduced to begging for a return of its permanently lost subscribers is because Arizona conservatives are tired of paying to have their intelligence insulted and the diversity-base of democrats the newspaper exalts doesn’t read.