Dying newspaper deserves its fate
In a bygone heyday, before the advent of free news available from countless sources, those aspiring to be well informed subscribed to newspapers. Many Americans had a hard copy hit their driveway in the early morning and another, more updated edition, was delivered in the afternoon. In Arizona The Arizona Republic and Phoenix Gazette fulfilled those roles. Owned by the publishing titan Pulliam family, the newspapers provided objective information to readers including a daily op-ed page and bore no resemblance to the arm of the democrat party that exists today. The Gazette, delivered six days a week, excluding Sunday, folded in 1997, after 116 years. The Trump-hating, Hillary and Biden-endorsing Arizona Republic, whose remaining employees voted to unionize following massive staff cutbacks including dumping longtime, Pulitzer-prize winning cartoonist Steve Benson, is hanging by a thread, after losing its building and finally being sold after repeatedly being on the auction block.
The seriously ailing, purveyor of conservative loathing and disinformation, the uni-opinion newspaper, which is bonded to promoting the illegal invasion at our southern border, even went so far as to threaten 75 million Trump voters, absurdly demanding they “repent ” for their transgression, underscoring why its circulation continues to plummet. The newspaper’s only hope for survival is to discontinue the hard copy editions and go all digital, which is a gamble that won’t play well with the mostly senior citizen readers. A headline pleads: “5 digital benefits of a subscription,” with the desperate hate-mongers in charge pledging, “You can play a vital role in supporting local journalism that you and your community can trust.”
The Phoenix Business Journal reported steep declines. Between 2017-2019, the Republic lost 30.3% of its circulation. Those abysmal numbers could only have increased in the intervening years.
A sampling of recent headlined reports we’re supposed to “trust”:
– “GOP’s ‘open borders’ frenzy is a distraction”
– “Ducey must stop anti-voting bills”
– “Has state’s GOP ever before been this crazy?”
– “Want to help the economy? Let more people out of jail”
– “Biden has one job: Fix the mess that Trump left us”
…and this classic example of hypocrisy, “We must call out hate everywhere.”