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.


Vile, hate-laden AZ Republic editorial emerges amid crisis

March 26, 2020

Trump-hating newspaper is a corpse in need of a crypt

What you are reading is not the post originally written this morning. Instead we are reacting to the irrational editorial featured in the today’s edition of the Trump-hating Arizona Republic newspaper.

Despite President Trump’s swift actions to address the virulent pandemic first identified as the Wuhan Coronavirus as it spread worldwide from China, his daily briefings to the American people including our nation’s top medical authorities and his firm grasp of the leadership reins as we all reel in the face of this unprecedented national shutdown of businesses and schools, he remains worthless in the eyes of the Hillary-endorsing newspaper. The briefings televised on Fox Cable News have become top watched programming, though far left CNN and MSNBC have refused to air them

Make no mistake. The editorial, headlined, “Trump doesn’t get it,” is intended to interject partisan politics into the most severe occurrence to affect America and the planet. The newspaper, admitting that it lost subscribers after its 2016 endorsement of scandal-plagued Hillary, attempted to generate sympathy by claiming it received death threats. It’s been a well-earned downhill slide since then. The Phoenix Business Journal reported that of all the newspapers in the Gannett national stable, the Republic has the lowest subscription rate, yet it continues to insult its remaining readers rather than provide impartial coverage.

We are living in perilous times when Americans are rallying to lend a hand to their neighbors, calling to say they have placed bags of canned goods and other necessities, or just picked citrus outside their doors. Staying healthy is the most vital concern as we are urged to self-quarantine.

Suddenly our soaring economy, reacting positively to the decisions of businessman Donald Trump, is in free-fall due to the illness imposed universal shutdowns. Disgracefully, the president has met with resistance from congressional Democrats in his efforts to assist legions of suddenly unemployed Americans and revive the economy via a Coronavirus relief bill.

Through perseverance and prayer we will get through these unprecedented times, much to the distaste of the leftist politicians and hate-driven extremists at the local newspaper.


Words matter, but not at the Arizona Republic

March 8, 2020

Yes, we keep watch on the failing Hillary-endorsing, deceitful Arizona Republic newspaper which exudes visceral hatred for President Trump.  Here are a couple of recent examples why:

Saturday’s front page, attempting to whitewash political mongrel presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, describes him as an “Independent,” when in fact opportunist Sanders, is a self identified Socialist, who vacillates for expediency running under the Independent banner while identifying as a Democrat Socialist allowing him to caucus with senate Democrats. Other times he is a straight-up Democrat as this presidential statement of candidacy, filed with the Federal Election Commission shows. “Revolution,” a pillar of Marxism remains the stated core of his campaign. His oblique promises hinge on everything being “free.” Even left-wing CNN estimated the cost at “possibly $60 trillion.” Hardly “free” to taxpayers who’d be footing the gargantuan bill.

Sanders’ website introduces each element of his platform with the grandiose royal we: “When we are in the White House,” absurdly followed by flimflam statements worthy of a sideshow barker: “Pass the College for All Act to provide at least $48 billion per year to eliminate tuition and fees at four-year public colleges and universities, tribal colleges, community colleges, trade schools, and apprenticeship programs. Everyone deserves the right to a good higher education if they choose to pursue it, no matter their income.”

Other pillars of his “revolution” include Medicare for All — which denies Americans the right to chose their own healthcare providers and terrifies Social Security recipients; raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour; launching the astronomically pricedGreen New Deal;expanding free public housing; disassembling “the prison industrial complex;” national legalization of marijuana; and other leftist schemes intended to both bankrupt and control the populace.

Sanders is only an “Independent” if you view Lenin, Marx, Trotsky and Lenin through the same lens.

Another deliberately skewed column in the same edition of the newspaper addresses the demise of Elizabeth Warren’s campaign, headlined, “Why isn’t America ready for a woman to be president?” It begins: “Yet again, the leader of our country will continue to be a man, which teaches a powerful lesson to our girls: Don’t expect to accomplish your dreams.”

Omitted is the fact that Elizabeth Warren, like scandal-plagued Hillary Clinton before her, is a pathological liar repeatedly exposed for standing the truth on its head, in addition to being a political radical.

The lesson parents should instill in their daughters (and sons) is lies will never serve you well, regardless of what career choice you make, and even more so if you aspire to the presidency where the truth is eventually exposed. It’s not your chromosomes that make you viable, it’s your integrity and the policies you stand for.


Repackaged Communism makes a trendy comeback 

March 6, 2020

Diversity cozies up to radical politics

Despite the fact that there is an abundance of news in the state, nation and globally, the failing Arizona Republic newspaper, which obviously has generic pre-written articles ready for publication, gave this offensive doozy (we’re not providing a link to this ridiculous report by M&M averse, Lily Altavena) front page, above-the-fold headline placement:

“Students’ diversity not reflected in AZ,” with the sub-header declaring, “Most teachers are white, half of students aren’t.”

Diversity is always about race, never ideas. In the Trump-hating, Hillary-endorsing newspaper, the only ideas worthy of reporting are regressive,* leftist views.

Friday morning’s headline following his Phoenix campaign stop, “Sanders inspires ‘regular people,’” extols Marxist presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, a self-identified Socialist who has routinely spoken of leading a “revolution.”  He’s even written books on the topic aimed at young Americans, Bernie Sanders Guide to Political Revolution is based on his earlier book, Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In.

Beneath that Page One report is another, titled, “Young Latino voters are fired up about Sanders.” It describes a 21-year old college student brought here illegally “as a wide-eyed five-year-old” from Mexico by her illegal parents. She is enthused by Sanders because he promises her “a future where she no longer struggles to pay piles of bills for college tuition and doctor’s visits and one that aggressively tackles the threat of climate change to make sure the planet stays habitable.”

Former Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker does an exceptional job describing Sanders politics in this commentary carried in the Washington Times,Bernie Sanders’ brand of socialism is communism.”

* SRAZ is waging a campaign against the word “progressive,“ which liberal extremists decided to use to make themselves 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. Join us.


Deceit comes easy to AZ Republic’s Laurie Roberts

March 1, 2020

The Arizona Republic runs obituaries. Once free, they now charge by the word and have become a major source of revenue for the dying newspaper, trying to sustain itself after more staff layoffs.

Recently, honchos at the newspaper announced what amounted to a dramatic deception, saying it would no longer run pre-election endorsements — no doubt in response to its Hillary Clinton presidential endorsement, which caused subscriptions to plummet as irate readers called to cancel. They have not returned.

There is no need for pre-election endorsements, when ongoing deceit takes center stage in the daily.

A stunning case in point was a hate-laden column about former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, by ex-sob-queen columnist Laurie Roberts now earning her keep as a quasi political reporter.

Ignoring facts that she tosses off as inconsequential, Laurie Roberts actually got away with unbridled deceit in writing about an event she obviously didn’t attend: President Trump’s massive Phoenix rally.  Roberts writes that Joe Arpaio “wasn’t anywhere to be seen at President Donald Trump’s campaign rally.” Either she has lost her vision and hearing or is engaging in blatant lies. As Joe Arpaio made his way down the long center aisle, he was greeted with loud cheers and applause. He sat beside Gov. Doug Ducey. 

Popular Arpaio, a Republican, served an unprecedented six 4-year terms. He is running for reelection and has earned his support. He was replaced by Soros-funded Democrat Paul Penzone, who immediately after the votes were tallied, referred to illegal aliens invading Arizona as “guests.” Socialist Soros, a billionaire, open borders advocate, pumped $2 million in Penzone’s campaign — his single biggest investment in a national local race. The money even bought the campaign ad support of Penzone’s now remarried ex-wife. At the time, Roberts wasted no tears on Penzone’s then-wife who he roughed up when he was a Phoenix cop.

Deceit will not keep the sinking newspaper afloat, but it will hasten its demise. And that non-endorsement policy? It’s been exposes as a farce. The devious anti-endorsements suffice.


AZ Republic: Postmortem exam of its own toxic endorsement policy  

February 27, 2020

Political endorsements go by the wayside? Hardly. Republicans are routinely mischaracterized within the newspaper’s pages. No endorsement list is needed.

It’s no secret the Hillary-endorsing Arizona Republic is suffering from a prolonged, ferocious contagion. The insidious disease, known as Trump Derangement Syndrome,* permeates the entire publication — from the biased reports to the hard-left partisan columnists and editorials.  Balance is nowhere to be found within the failing daily. It’s long been clear those in charge view their readers as submissive dolts unable to process information without being told what to think.

When the already failing newspaper endorsed scandal-plagued Hillary Clinton for President in 2016, it signaled more than desperation. It was the clear tolling of its own death knell. But this endorsement was of such enormous consequence to the local, self-declared power brokers, they were unable to rein themselves in, even knowing they had long ago lost their influence and succeeded only in riling their dwindling reader base.

Following the Hillary Clinton presidential endorsement, which was described as the first of a Democrat in the newspaper’s history, subscriptions plummeted as irate readers called to cancel. They have not returned.

Now Greg Burton, the Republic’s executive editor and Phil Boas, the editorial page editor, have seen that following their radically leftist counterparts did not provide the safety in numbers they had hoped would lessen their exposure.

The Republic, a divisive open border advocate bonded to elevating diversity over unity, would like its few remaining readers to believe the decision to forgo making political endorsements was based on taking opposing views into consideration. Don’t believe it. The self-absorbed elites on the editorial board feel superior to the readers they will continue to work to influence. The message will still be delivered in biased reports, slanted editorials and hateful columns. All that will change is the list will be gone.

* Excellent commentary by Adrianna Cohen for Real Clear Politics


Trump-hating Arizona Republic newspaper ignores dazzling event

February 25, 2020

Petulant newspaper hates popular Pres. Trump more than it loves America

In a spectacular reception for President and Mrs. Trump, Indian citizens wearing white “Trump” hats, filled the world’s largest cricket stadium with a capacity crowd of 110,000. The people of India came to genuinely welcome America’s first couple. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted the president with a hug.

“The name of the event — Namaste Trump — has a very deep meaning,” PM Modi, explained. “It is one of the oldest languages in the world, a Sanskrit word. Its sense is that not only the person, but also the divinity that is within him.”

 Rather than feeling pride that our president is so warmly received by the world’s most populous democracy, the failing Arizona Republic newspaper devoted not a single word to the unprecedented event. The front page and jump pages were devoted to the funeral of basketball star Kobe Bryant and his young daughter, who died with seven others in a January helicopter crash. There is also an article about the Colorado river and an upcoming music festival in Tempe. In a small box appropriately placed on the lower left corner of the page, the hard-left newspaper directs its continually decreasing readership to its website for “up-to-the minute news,” where there is not a word on the India trip or the massive cheering crowd.

Pictures can be viewed hereFox coverage regarding the trade deal between the two nations is here.

Seeing Red AZ has frequently written about the death spiral in which the Hillary-endorsing, open borders promoting Arizona Republic newspaper has placed itself. Most recently the local Gannett owned publication made the news as an albatross with this Phoenix Business Journal headline,Analysis: Arizona Republic’s circulation decline among steepest for Gannett papers.”

A success-based business model takes root in not routinely lobbing insult-laden spit wads at paying customers. This strategic concept is foreign to the newspaper that was originally known as the Arizona Republican, when it was founded in 1890.