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.


Blinded by Trump hatred, NYT viciously attacks Christians

March 28, 2020

Federalist article points to the contempt in which the secular elites hold faith-based conservatives

There is no question that leftist newspapers, as The Hill pointed out, which overwhelmingly endorsed scandal-plagued Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election, have never recovered from her dramatic loss. The failing Arizona Republic was among them, suffering catastrophic subscription cancellations that have never returned.

Today we take our readers directly to The Federalist which does an outstanding job of covering the reprehensible New York Times op-ed by hatemonger Katherine Stewart blaming Christians, Not China, For Spread Of Wuhan Coronavirus. The far left newspaper is subscription only.

As Americans self-quarantine, which President Trump’s team of medical experts have strongly advised, take time to acquaint yourself with the hate-filled spew that emits from the extremist media denigrating his religious supporters. The vicious op-ed reveres not God, but secularism.

Media Research Center printed, “Secular Snobs: Documenting the National Media’s Long-standing Hostility to religion,” in 2012.  It’s a longer, meticulously researched review that explains in annotated points the media’s contempt for religious Americans.  Do return to read it, as it provides the backdrop for the secular hatred of the faith-based. But today, as we lead up to the 2020 election, it’s imperative we focus on the New York Times hit piece on Christians.


Virus crisis not enough for Dem Chris Herstam: he advocates for assassination

March 21, 2020

Easily manipulated mail-in ballot scheme tops Dems agenda

Months prior to the Aug. 4, (Primary Election) and Nov. 3, (General), mail-in ballots are making the news. Chris Herstam, a onetime Republicrat, who ultimately ended his charade and re-registered as a Democrat, exemplifies the consequences of his brain turning to mush. In a recent appearance on left-leaning KAET “Horizon,” he advocated violence against Arizona state legislators and Gov.  Ducey, saying they “should be shot,” if they don’t implement a statewide mail-in ballot plan. Host Ted Simon didn’t bat an eye.

Herstam, 71, a former state representative, former member of the AZ Board of Regents, and former lobbyist, can now add another former to his résumé. His deplorable words supporting gun violence against elected officials, repeated on two separate occasions, have earned him the title of former columnist for the Arizona Mirror, where his unhinged, blatantly deceitful writings referred to President Trump as a “white nationalist.” Observing the swift negative effect of his assassination comments, he apologized, but it was too late. After initially being put on a one month leave, he’s been given his permanent walking papers.

Three deep blue states (Oregon, Washington, and Colorado) conduct their elections completely by mail. Herstam would like us to be among them. During his interchange with Ted Simons, Herstam went on to describe President Trump, using these words: “In my opinion, Trump is the most corrupt, the worst president in our history.” Again, Simon didn’t flinch.

Hans von Spakovsky, a Senior Legal Fellow and authority on election law at the Heritage Foundation wrote,Elections Exclusively by Mail: A Terrible Idea Whose Time Should Never Come.”

Although not recent, it remains pertinent in view of the Left’s push to implement the easily manipulated scheme of all mail-in ballots. We urge you to read this fact-filled and important article.

It’s the weekend and we’re all being asked to self quarantine. What better time to hone your arguments against the Dem’s favorite new issue.


Dem Gillum found with meth, “gay escort,” in hotel room

March 15, 2020

Crystal meth possession not worthy of arrest, though Gillum apologizes for “distraction”

Despite being married and the father of three, Andrew Gillum, the former mayor of Tallahassee and former Democrat Florida gubernatorial candidate has other “distractions.”

Gillum,40, who has been working as a CNN commentator since losing to Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, was found vomiting, inebriated and incoherent in an exclusive South Beach Hotel room with Travis Dyson,30, an openly gay male escort and “porn star performer.” Dyson, using a pseudonym, has a profile on the RentMen website, Florida’s Local10 reported Friday.

Dyson was transported to a hospital following a suspected drug overdose. A third man, Aldo Mejias,56, called police and fire rescue to the hotel just after midnight.

Officers filed this redacted report* stating they found three baggies containing crystal meth on both the bed and floor of the hotel room. Gillum, frequently compared to Barack Obama, issued this statement: “I apologize to the people of Florida for the distraction this has caused our movement.”

Following the “distraction,” Gillum, who had previously paid $thousands in fines to settle a case charging him with ethics violations, was released and allowed to return home with no arrest made — though crystal meth is an illegal, highly addictive narcotic.

Imagine that being the case if he’d been a Republican.

* H/T Miami New Times


Reckless Schumer threatens Supreme Court Justices

March 5, 2020

Addressing a gathering of abortion supporters outside the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday, an out-of-control Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) issued threats against the two most recently appointed justices. The court is hearing arguments in a challenge by a Louisiana abortion clinic to a state law passed in 2014 requiring abortion providers to have admitting privileges to a hospital within 30 miles of their facilities.

Democrat Schumer’s wild rant began with these intimidating words: “I want to tell you, [Neil] Gorsuch, I want to tell you, [Brett] Kavanaugh, you have released the whirlwind, and you will pay the price. You won’t know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions.”

In this unusual written comment, Chief Justice John Roberts responded, “Statements of this sort from the highest levels of government are not only inappropriate, they are dangerous.” Justice Roberts added, “All members of the Court will continue do their job, without fear or favor, from whatever quarter.”         

Schumer, a U.S. Senator with a Harvard law degree — though he never practiced law, opting instead for a political career — would be expected to have more decorum, but that attribute is in short supply among repressive* Democrats these days. They are tormented by the realization that their leading presidential candidates are Marxists or suffering from dementia. Immensely popular President Donald Trump, whom they failed to remove, is delivering on his promises including a growing economy, historically high employment, superb judicial appointments to the federal and Supreme Court benches. Acquaint yourself with his unparalleled list of accomplishments here.

Obviously lacking a sense of decorum and propriety, Schumer has long been described as an “incorrigible publicity hound.” Former Sen. Bob Dole once quipped that “the most dangerous place in Washington is between Charles Schumer and a television camera.” 

In the case of his despicable behavior at the Supreme Court, the least he deserves is censure.

* SRAZ is waging a campaign against the word “progressive,“ which liberals decided to use to make them appear forward thinking. They are not forward thinking, but are regressive on nearly every level. When conservatives use the word, “progressive,” they are playing directly into the hard left’s hands and doing their bidding. Regressive is a more appropriate description.


Slickster AZ Gov. Ducey halts sanctuary city ban

February 21, 2020

Why would Republican Gov. Doug Ducey merit praise from the Hillary-endorsing, viciously-anti-Trump, open-border-supporting Periódico de la República de Arizona (Arizona Republic) newspaper? According to its account, Ducey has had second thoughts about legislation constitutionally banning sanctuary cities in the state of Arizona. This sensible legislation had been requested by the McCain protégé, who suddenly disdains any controls on the illegal invasion.

The newspaper confirmed that Ducey, in an after business hours action, engaged in a “joint decision” (arm twisting?) with legislative leaders to shut down the resolution he’d asked GOP lawmakers to carry in both the state House and Senate.

Don’t bother looking for any mention of this surreptitious double-cross on his office website with numerous pages devoted to Executive Orders and News Releases. There is no explanatory governor’s letter. There’s not a word touting his change of heart on what should not be a contentious issue.

This is the simple, single sentence amendment, SCR 1007, intended to put the issue to a vote of Arizona’s citizens. Ducey, now serving his final term, doesn’t trust us. When those the newspaper describes as “migrant rights advocates” refer to anything that demands adherence to the law by their reliable pejorative “racist,” Ducey tucks his tail between his legs, develops amnesia, loses courage and surrenders.

Juxtapose Ducey’s bizarre decision against the fact that he stood on the stage beside President Trump at the colossal “Keep America Great” Phoenix rally and accepted the president’s accolades regarding securing the border.

Unlike the rest of us, the elitist Ducey’s don’t have to worry about locking their doors at night. They just sold their Paradise Valley mansion in a gated community abutting the Paradise Valley Country Club and golf course for a discounted $8,150,000. But even in their opulent surroundings the rule of law should still be relevant. Previously an ice cream tycoon, as governor, Ducey signs bills into law.

Doug McDucey’s current term ends on January 1, 2023. It will be intriguing to hear what his future plans entail. Our bet is a high level appointment where he won’t have to face the citizen voters he conveniently dismisses.


Adrian Fontes: Leftist MC Recorder invites Dems to vote

February 4, 2020

Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes is supposed to represent all of the voters in Arizona’s most populous county. That’s ALL, as in Republicans and Independents as well as the Democrats who boosted the problematic Fontes into office by a single percentage point. The initial elections he oversaw were unmitigated disasters, featuring widespread problems, long lines and infuriated voters, many of whom were turned away and advised to go to other polling places. Fontes blamed the chaos on “outside contractors” he hired to replace knowledgeable employees.

On the recorder’s website he claims, “We continue to provide the citizens of Maricopa County the finest service possible. To ensure that we stay on the leading edge in our field we continually make changes and we encourage your participation.” Fontes’ deception is mind boggling as he boasts of the pride he takes in the many awards and recognitions “we” have received and that “we are considered by many to be the premier recording office in the country.”

 In using the majestic plural known as the “royal we,” Fontes must occasionally dress in drag, since Helen Purcell was initially elected county recorder in 1989 and served nearly four decades, until 2017. The majority of those awards were presented before Fontes ever strolled into the office. Purcell, who knows a thing or two about the duties of overseeing elections, has endorsed eminently qualified Republican Stephen Richer.

Far from an impartial overseer of elections, Fontes recently ran an ad in the local newspaper which most of our readers would miss due to the fact that so few Arizonans continue to subscribe. The ad, which contemptibly oozes blatant partisanship, features a cartoon “ballot” (His cap identifies him as such) wearing glasses, a grin and waving jovially. The bright yellow capitalized words slickly say, “HEY VOTERS! I’m Phil the Ballot (get it?). Did you know only registered Democrats can vote in the Democratic Presidential Preference Election on March 17th?  Let’s meet up at BEBallotREADY.vote.” The tag line is, “brought to you by” …featuring official replicas of the seals of the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office and Maricopa County, followed by a phone number promising “voice info,” in Spanish and English. Callers are provided detailed instructions regarding how to register to vote in the Democrat primary election.

Arizona is among several states that have cancelled their GOP presidential primaries or caucuses, since incumbent President Donald Trump has no viable challengers. The plan was initiated by the state parties, as has been the case in both parties when an incumbent president is running for reelection.

The actions are not unprecedented. As examples, Arizona Democrats skipped the  presidential primary in 2012, when Barack Obama was running for a second term They did the same in 1996 when Bill Clinton was running for reelection.

The question to ask is, “Would leftward skewed partisan Adrian Fontes run ads inviting Republicans to vote in the presidential primary if the circumstances were reversed?”  We’d bet the farm that day would never come. His sole concern is registering Democrats.