Trump-hating AZ Republic cuts staff, blames virus

March 31, 2020

Propaganda machine needs to bear responsibility for its fade to black status

Journalists were once regarded as reputable presenters of fact, ethically dedicated to accuracy, fairness and balance. They forged a bond of trust with their readers as they delivered the news.

For the most part, those days are gone, replaced by strident partisan reporters, driven by hatred of the President of the United States. At the recently sold, homeless Arizona Republic, ASU Cronkite School interns working for a byline and sans editors are the rule rather than the exception. The shrinking newspaper with its unwavering bond to the left, has continued to hemorrhage subscribers, even after their massive exodus following its blunderous 2016 presidential endorsement of Hillary Clinton. 

The Daily Beast announced Monday that the “Coronavirus downturn has forced Gannett to make deep [personnel] cuts.” That’s skewed news at its finest. Newspapers survived other calamities from the Civil War and World Wars I and II to the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic, the horrific deaths of 3000 by Muslim extremists on September 11, 2001 and everything in-between. We survived them all and so did the newspapers of the day. 

Recent pay cuts and furloughs have far less to do with the pandemic than they do to readers tiring of the distorted reports and raw Trump hatred — flagrantly absurd in Arizona, a state that gave all 11 of its electoral votes to Donald Trump.

The AZ Republic has been in serious decline for some time. The big boom dropped with the news that to avoid layoffs, Gannett employees will be furloughed five, unpaid days a month through June. That’s three months of 4-day weeks — with no solid guarantees.  Poynter, the go-to insider site, posted this copy of CEO Paul Bascobert’s letter to staff, including this dismal FAQ.

Even without the pandemic, which caused Gov. Doug Ducey to issue thisStay at home order,” on Monday, Gannett had plenty of challenges, as losses in its print businesses showing no sign of abating. In a contorted move, the company sold itself last year to New Media Investments, the parent of GateHouse Newspapers. The new company kept the Gannett name.

“It’s hard to see the path forward,” Mi-Ai Parrish the former president and publisher of The Arizona Republic is quoted as saying. “I think there’s something different about what’s happening right now. They’re all covering COVID. But everybody’s covering it. And nobody’s being paid for it. There are no advertisements.”

Pandemics aside. When newspapers continually insult the intelligence of their readers, it is not a model for success.

On March 22, the Arizona Republic’s Sunday edition headlined in a Kumbaya fashion. “We are in this TOGETHER.” That didn’t last long. Four short days later, the editorial blasted, “Trump doesn’t get it.” It claimed he was missing the point if his top priority is the economy, and mystifyingly lectured, his first job is to protect the people of our country, an issue to which the president has shown an enduring commitment.

Recently the deceitful newspaper has been blatant in its efforts to switch its remaining subscribers to the much cheaper to produce “E-Edition” which it vows will “allow readers to stay connected and informed. Make sure you are familiar with all the ways you can access your subscription online.” It will bring you “Coronavirus coverage,” as though it was unattainable everywhere else — without charge.

Now that expensive obituaries are not being placed due to houses of worship being closed and assembled mourners being limited to ten, ads are hawking sending Mother’s Day and Graduation congratulations on the pages of the newspaper no one reads.  Both announcements scream out the carnival barker’s pitch, “Hurry! Hurry! Place your ad today!”

The bell tolls.

Senate Dems remain focused on derailing Coronavirus relief bill

March 24, 2020

Treacherous leftists put their partisan agenda ahead of the needs of Americans as financial markets collapse

Rejecting a $1.6 trillion economic relief package bill intended to provide aid to Americans in the wake of the unprecedented global Wuhan Coronavirus pandemic that is immobilizing our nation, Senate Democrats instead stuffed it full of their pet projects. The bill contained the leftist manipulation of election day voter registration and mentions diversity more than 60 times relating to filling positions based on race and disability status that have nothing to do with the virus aid package. Automatic renewal of work permits for foreign nationals also takes center stage, as does climate activism and wiping out student loan debt — an obvious attempt to garner the youth vote. The Dem package also includes unrelated tax breaks for wind and solar energy projects and stringent emission reduction requirements for the already ailing airline industry. The Dems even tried to slip federal abortion funding into the bill.

Democrat Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (NY) even went so far as to hold up $50 billion in farm aid provisions, a key part of President Trump’s stimulus package. Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (CA) has no concept of acting in a bi-partisan manner even when we are faced with a calamity of immense portions. Americans are self-quarantining, jobs are lost as businesses shutter, schools are closed and grocery shelves look like they were attacked by ravaging locusts. The financial markets that were spectacularly soaring since President Trump’s 2016 election are now in free fall.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (KY) warned this morning that the “clock has run out” for “bargaining” on the third phase of a Coronavirus response package, urging Congress to pass legislation “today.”

“This is a national crisis. It’s the most serious threat to Americans’ health in over a century and quite likely the greatest risk to American jobs and prosperity that we’ve seen since the Great Depression,” he said. “The urgency and gravity in this moment cannot be lost on anyone.

Yet leftist obstructionism, ignoring the needs of the American people, is focused on attempting to ram through key portions of Bernie Sanders socialist agenda, minus the defeated presidential candidate.

Democrats should be ashamed, but that is obviously not an attribute they possess.

Abdul-Jabbar suffers from acute case of TDS

March 23, 2020

Trump Derangement Syndrome claims another victim

It’s been fifty years since basketball great Lew Alcindor, Jr. shook off his father’s name, converted to Islam and re-christened himself Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. He obviously didn’t realize he was honoring Arab slave traders as he rejected his American name. He also boycotted the 1968 Summer Olympics by opting not to try out for the U.S. Men’s Olympic Basketball team, which went on to capably win the gold medal. Abdul-Jabbar’s decision to shun the games was in protest of what he strangely regarded the unequal treatment of blacks in the United States, setting the stage for National Football League quarterback Colin Kaepernick to bend a knee rather than stand for the National Anthem decades later — though they both made $multi-millions and were idolized by fans.

This historical ignorance and rejection of America was, for a brief moment, voguish, as esteemed prize fighter Cassius Clay, Jr., also embraced Islam, ditched his father’s name and became Muhammed Ali.  He also used his new found faith as a cover for draft dodging during the Vietnam War. The ignorant Ali announced, “I ain’t got no quarrel with those Vietcong,” the communist troops aligned with ruthless dictator Ho Chi Minh, who was responsible for countless deaths in his own country and loss of life and limb of American servicemen trying to bring stability to those living under the brutal regime.

The lack of historical relevancy is worth noting since radical leftist Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has recently attacked President Donald Trump, comparing him to Nazis in Hunters Series, as reported in detail by Jay Maxson of NewsBusters. Abdul-Jabbar’s visceral Trump hatred spews like a geyser.  He also conveniently ignores the fact that the Nazi Third Reich tortured and slaughtered millions of minorities, including Jews, gypsies, and the infirm. Another pertinent fact that the black Muslim converts astonishingly disregard and as black conservative talk show host, columnist, author and lawyer Larry Elder pointed out in this column, “many know little to nothing about the vast role played by Arab and Muslim slavers in the African slave trade.”

Though the object of hero worship by fans of all races, Abdul-Jabbar was known to be rude to admirers and developed an arrogant penchant for insultingly reading the newspaper while giving interviews.

And who would have guessed that this historical revisionist actually graduated UCLA with a B.A in history?

ICE’s cagey virus message shields illegals

March 19, 2020

Duty to enforce border, protect Americans inexplicably takes a backseat

This March 18, 2020 Press Release from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), could aptly be called the icing on the non-enforcement cake.

To say it takes one with the ability to read between the lines to decipher this missive would be the height of understatement. 

Boiled down to its nub, the agency charged with enforcing security along the United States border, contorts and engages in language distortions trying to explain that due to the “COVID-19 crisis,” ICE will not carry out enforcement operations at or near any type of health care facilities “except in the most extraordinary of circumstances,” since those illegally invading the United States “should not avoid seeking medical care because they fear civil immigration enforcement.”

How about sending them back to their home countries to seek medical care? Not only is there the blatant effrontery of having newly arrived illegal aliens seeking health care at our already overextended facilities, there are also the accompanying costs in terms of exposure and monetarily, that American citizens have to bear.

On its own website, ICE describes its mission using these words:

“ICE’S mission is to protect America from the cross-border crime and illegal immigration that threaten national security and public safety.

This mission is executed through the enforcement of more than 400 federal statutes and focuses on smart immigration enforcement, preventing terrorism and combating the illegal movement of people and goods.”

Nowhere does it say illegals are protected from deportation if they arrive at an already swamped U.S. health care facility intended to provide services to Americans.

Need another reason to celebrate Pres.Trump? Here are a few

March 3, 2020

Super Tuesday exposes Democrat candidates as 14 states participate in balloting today

Dems have quite a list of presidential aspirants to evaluate as they winnow down to their eventual 2020 nominee. None of their choices are even close to “A List” quality.

With candidates falling off the roster faster than clay pigeons in an arcade, their choices boil down to Joe Biden, a senile former Obama VP who is mired in scandal, can’t recall which city he’s speaking in and mistakenly announces he’s running for the senate rather than the presidency.

The other front runner is Bernie Sanders, who calls himself a “Democratic Socialist,” and recently had cardiac surgery after suffering a heart attack, is noted for praising the repressive regimes and the dictatorships of Cuba, Nicaragua and the Soviet Union, fitting the mold of a Marxist/Communist. He promises free Medicare for all, free housing and will cancel all college debt — entitlements that are unsustainable and would cost an estimated $52 Trillion. When asked how these programs would be paid for, Sanders told the network interviewer,I can’t rattle off for you every nickel and every dime.”

Sanders recently called radical leftist Somali-born Muslim, and virulent anti-Semite, U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), “One of the greatest people I know.” She has reciprocated by urging her supporters to vote for Sanders.

Elizabeth Warren is a congenital liar, creating false scenarios which she regularly repeats, even knowing there is no validity to them. She has been exposed for her deceits, from which she has benefited throughout her career, even falsely claiming Native American heritage on her application to ensure a teaching position at Harvard.

Michael Bloomberg, a former New York City mayor entered the race late and is buying airtime at a rate only a billionaire like him could, spending a staggering $500 million of his own money since December. He’s getting hammered for policies he enforced, and offensive comments he reportedly made such as telling a pregnant employee to “kill it.”

Tonight the Super Tuesday results will be coming in after 8:00 p.m. Polls will begin closing at 7 p.m. ET, in Vermont, Virginia and parts of Alabama. Fourteen states and the territory of American Samoa will be participating: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont and Virginia.

Ballotpedia has additional information.

Clint Eastwood changes what’s left of his mind

February 24, 2020

Clint Eastwood, who will turn 90 in May, can be forgiven for being less than on top of political realities. A sometime Republican, not to be confused with a conservative, in 1986 he was elected mayor of the exclusive, small enclave of Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, where the current median listing price of homes is $2,298,000. In 2012, he endorsed Mitt Romney for president, and was even given prime time at that year’s Republican National Convention where he delivered a speech to an empty chair representing President Barack Obama, (video) which he later told the Washington Post, he regretted doing — calling it, “silly.”

In 2016, Eastwood endorsed Republican candidate Donald Trump for president.

Now he’s dipped his gnarled toes into another political pond, and registered as a Libertarian. He’s also announced that he’s endorsing far-left Democrat Michael Bloomberg in the 2020 presidential election. Apparently, Eastwood isn’t satisfied with the outstanding economy, judicial appointments and historically highest employment numbers. Place your cursor over any of the Promises Kept “Accomplishments” categories and press the arrow for each overview.

“The best thing we could do is just get Mike Bloomberg in there,” Eastwood said. Regarding his switch from Trump to Bloomberg Eastwood said, “he wishes that President Trump would act “in a more genteel way….”

Like Eastwood’s latest political heartthrob Mike Bloomberg? Watch as fellow Democrat contender Elizabeth “Pocahontas” Warren —  who has also been exposed telling numerous lieseviscerates him. 

AZ Gov. Ducey allows Mexican official to determine legal policy

February 22, 2020

Arizona citizens lose their vote in this duplicitous stunt

Friday’s SRAZ’s post,Slickster AZ Gov. Ducey halts sanctuary city ban,” generated a great deal of interest. But the follow-up will set your hair on fire.

One day later a report in the failing Periódico de la República de Arizona (Arizona Republic) shines a bright light on Ducey’s deceptive backtracking on SCR 1007, a two sentence proposition he previously asked House and Senate leaders to move forward. The logical proposal, enshrined as a constitutional amendment disallowed any county, city or town of this state to limit or restrict enforcement of state or federal immigration laws. A ballot measure, the intent was to put it to a vote of the citizens of Arizona.

Gov. Ducey doesn’t trust us with that task, though he allows our tax dollars to pay for countless benefits directed to illegal invaders, including but not limited to, health care, housing, food assistance, education — including in-state tuition at the state’s colleges and universities. The criminal justice system is reeling under the weight of criminality.

The following is a brief excerpt from the newspaper’s coverage:

Jesus Seade Kuri, Mexico’s undersecretary for North America, said Friday he was pleased that Gov. Doug Ducey had decided to back off from his attempt to cement a sanctuary city ban in the Arizona Constitution.

Seade Kuri said he met with Ducey hours before the Governor’s Office announced late Thursday the effort was dead. Seade Kuri said he reminded Ducey and state lawmakers of the “importance of migrants to the development of Arizona…”

“We spoke of the closeness of the relationship and if that helped to move things in the right direction, I am very pleased.”

The newspaper’s offensive ethnicity-based reporting standard remains in place, ensuring the report was written by Daniel Gonzalez. Someone named Sean O’Grady would never be given this assignment. O’Grady would be relegated to writing about the deadly potato famine of the mid-1800s or the Irish Riverdance troupe.

Saturday morning’s multi-pronged coverage could best be described as deliriously ecstatic.  The front page headline screams, “GOP effort to prohibit sanctuary cities dead.” Columnist Laurie Roberts, formerly relegated to sob stories, now promoted to leftist disseminator of political distortions, has a column headlined, “Ducey drops sanctuary bill to avoid disaster.” She concludes her irrationally biased column with these words:

“For six weeks now, we’ve been told it was necessary to put a sanctuary city ban into the constitution in order to make it voter protected and beyond the ability of a future Legislature to repeal. Now suddenly … after seeing the impassioned response from Latinos (and perhaps remembering the fallout from SB 1070?) … we no longer need to put a sanctuary city ban on the ballot? Oh yeah, Republicans are running scared.”

Another report in the same edition is titled, “Analysts: Ducey’s attempt to put ‘sanctuary cities’ ban in state constitution a miscalculation.”

Take time today to read,DHS Acting Secretary warns Democrat-backed New Way Forward Act would ‘gut the rule of law.’”

Knowledge is power.