SRAZ has frequently linked to a Phoenix Business Journal report verifying that Arizona’s newspaper of record is on its last legs. It’s not simply floundering. It’s failing so badly that its subscription rate is the lowest of all 200 newspapers in Gannett’s nationwide stable. That’s not a business model to emulate. In fact, it’s a recipe for disaster. Yet no one is doing more to send reasonable readers fleeing the inflamed rhetoric of the Hillary-endorsing newspaper than its Johnny-One-Note employee, E.J. Montini.
The emaciated columnist who has had no other employer since his early 20’s has reached retirement age, and should pack up his loathing of conservatism and ride off into the sunset. But for the loner with no outlet for his venom spew, this is not an option. Montini, a perpetually irate man possessing a murky relationship with honesty, has nowhere to go.
The only alternative for the newspaper’s survival is to cease the expensive to produce and deliver hard copy editions and switch to all digital. But with news available in everyone’s pocket and free of charge in a wide array of formats, even that attempt at continued existence is iffy at best. What’s left of the dwindling readership is the senior demographic which leans hard right. They led the Trump supporters and Rush Limbaugh loyalists. And unlike the undereducated millennium voters who supported socialist Bernie Sanders, they are knowledgeable about the destructive evils of socialism and communism, having lost relatives or fought in wars themselves, to eradicate those freedom suffocating evils. But leftist Montini, who never served his country, has no problem comparing Arizona Republican state legislators to the “disinformation campaign” of Russia’s brutal Communist dictator Joseph Stalin, who was responsible for the suffering and deaths of millions. Unfortunately, the aged columnist has never exhibited the capacity to feel shame for his deceit.
Even the leftist newspaper has a yellow banner above Montini’s irrational column (to which we did not link) stating, “This piece expresses the views of its author(s) separate from the views of this publication.”
Obviously, that’s difficult to believe. The newspaper’s entire perspective is radically left, and it still keeps this brazen liar on the payroll.