Move to all digital publication is imminent
As we’ve frequently pointed out, the Hillary-endorsing, Trump-hating Arizona Republic newspaper has fallen on hard times. The reality was substantiated by The Phoenix Business Journal in this November 2019 report titled, “Analysis: Arizona Republic’s circulation decline among steepest for Gannett papers.”
The deterioration has grown more acute since then. The anorexic pretense posing as a newspaper is staffed by ASU Cronkite J School interns who have replaced longtime reporters. Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist, Steve Benson, who accommodatingly switched gears from conservative to leftist, was abruptly kicked to the curb as unaffordable. The remaining skeletal staff following mass firings, furloughs and staring down a nonexistent future voted to unionize. The newspaper’s dire circumstances were predicted in AZ Republic: homeless vagrant on borrowed time.
Blithely undisturbed by the daily’s daily flubs, exemplified by this monumental list of Corrections and Clarifications, is the inanely grinning executive editor Greg Burton — except when comparing his remaining staff to “crackpots and criminals.” He puts on a happy face to thank the dwindling number of readers overpaying for being fed leftist slop as he prizes newsroom diversity above factual reporting while promising more of the same to subscribers. Sunday’s edition carries a preposterous editorial clamoring for gifting reparation to blacks for slavery, which was abolished 155 years ago in 1865 through the adoption of the Thirteenth Amendment.
In a full page ad, the same edition of the failing newspaper deviously reveals the latest incarnation of the desperate publication which is unable to afford the myriad costs associated with producing and delivering hard copies. It’s gearing up to go all digital, which will not sit well with its remaining mostly senior citizen subscribers who prefer the delivered paper on the driveway. The newspaper honchos admitted irate readers dropped their subscriptions after its 2016 Hillary endorsement, leading it to abandon its roundly ignored endorsement policy altogether. The effects of going all digital will make that calamity look like a cakewalk.
Here’s its pathetic pitch:
Everything You Love About the Paper And More.
Enjoy reading the Arizona Republic print edition online. With the e-Edition, you get access to a digital edition of our paper and extra features.
Available 24/7. Give your eyes a break and let the e-Edition read the articles to you.
Then, in what can only be described as a mega-dose of chutzpah, an accompanying page sporting 4-inch high capital letters and bankrolled by Google, blasts “SUPPORT LOCAL NEWS,” actually pleading for folks to subscribe, advertise and…donate. Conveniently blaming the decline in revenue on the Corona-19 virus, the newspaper, through its left-wing mouthpiece admits it’s losing money and now considers itself a charity. Don’t be conned.