Suicidal, leftist newspapers die by their own hand

February 14, 2020

McClatchy news conglomerate files bankruptcy to shed costs of print and speed shift to digital

We’ve all heard of the term, “death by a thousand cuts,” which describes a series of miscalculations culminating in a slow and painful demise. The newspaper industry is stunningly illustrative of that idiom. Bonded to delivering a leftist perspective and delivering daily insults to readers, many have not only fallen victim to the digital age, but also to their own venomous spews aimed at President Trump.

TheLetter from Leadership,” signed by Chief Executive Officer Craig Forman informing that McClatchy newspaper publishing company has filed for bankruptcy begins with these ominous words:

On February 13, 2020, we announced that we are commencing a restructuring under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code to provide McClatchy with immediate protection while we pursue approval of our proposed restructuring plan and work to definitively address the Company’s funded debt, strengthen our balance sheet, and address our pension obligations moving forward.”

While this is obviously a sad milestone after 163 years of family control, McClatchy remains a strong operating company and committed to essential local news and information,” said Kevin McClatchy, chairman of the company that has carried his family name since the days of the California Gold Rush. “While we tried hard to avoid this step, there’s no question that the scale of our 75-year-old pension plan – with 10 pensioners for every single active employee – is a reflection of another economic era.” Read more here.

This dismal admission is accompanied by a YouTube video, titled,McClatchy Transformation,” in case its employees and debtors have difficulty grasping the words. A notice accompanying the video notes “comments are turned off.”

A separate Bloomberg Report foretells the coming death of newspapers. Charles Munger, a newspaper company executive as well as a Berkshire Hathaway Inc. vice chairman, said U.S. newspapers have no future.

“Technological change is destroying the daily newspapers in America,” Munger said Wednesday in Los Angeles at the annual meeting of Daily Journal Corp., the publishing company where the billionaire businessman is chairman. “The revenue goes away and the expenses remain and they’re all dying.”

Berkshire, the conglomerate controlled by Warren Buffett, announced last month that it would sell off its newspaper holdings.

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 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 failing newspaper that was originally known as the Arizona Republican, when it was founded in 1890. Today’s edition buries two pro-Trump articles on Page 6 of the USA Today insert. ($60M+ raised for Trump in January) and (Poll: 6 in 10 doing better, credit Trump).

Gannett has its own headaches as detailed in this Forbes Business report, Reasons Why Gannett Stock Has Yet To Find A Bottom.”


Trump storms New Hampshire in advance of Dem primary

February 11, 2020

On the eve of today’s New Hampshire Democrat primary, President Donald Trump swooped into Manchester for another of his “Keep America Great” packed rallies (photos). Many of his thousands of supporters camped out overnight in the rain and snow to see him. Last year, he broke the attendance record at the SNHU Arena (which holds approximately 12,000). Yesterday’s unable to be accommodated, overflow crowd remained and enthusiastically watched the rally on large screens.

The loyal and extraordinary support Trump engenders was characterized on the front page of this morning’s edition of the seriously failing, Hillary-endorsing, Arizona Republic as his “victory-and-vengeance tour,” following his acquittal on bogus impeachment charges led by desperate congressional Democrats.

A must read in advance of today’s tabulation is,Bernie Owes Obama Big Time.” Barack Obama set the stage for the Vermont socialist’s rise to national prominence. But the Democrat’s Marxist coming-out party happened too soon for America.

Author Karin McQuillan is a clear-eyed observer of the political scene, as evidenced by this zinger: “The growing power of the hard Left within the Democratic Party’s ranks is not new. It is not the result of Trump derangement. It is the cause of Trump derangement.” McQuillan’s first career was as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist, providing her with the insight she needs to make that ‘diagnosis.’

Polls opened Monday at midnight at Dixville Notch, New Hampshire, traditionally the first primary in the nation. Statewide vote totals will be reported here. Polls close today at 7:00 pm (ET).


Nefarious ballot harvesting OK’d by 9th Circus Court

January 28, 2020

This reasonable law §16-1005 maintaining the integrity of voter’s ballots was passed by the Arizona legislature in 2016 and signed by Gov. Doug Ducey. The law, protecting against voter fraud, makes the practice of knowingly collecting voted or unvoted ballots from another person a Class 6 Felony.

Specific exemptions are written into the law, allowing family members, a person residing in the same household as the voter, caregivers, postal workers or elections officials to collect early ballots from a voter.

Calling voting “a key pillar of our democracy,” the governor noted this law will ensure a chain of custody between the voter and the ballot box. “We join 18 other states in this common sense approach to maintaining the integrity of our elections.” SRAZ has written about ballot harvesting previously, beginning in 2012.

Arizona’s law ensuring election integrity has now been reversed by the far-left, overly large and frequently overturned Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on the flimsiest and most insulting of reasons: That it negatively and disproportionately impacted minority or impoverished voters.

“Arizona’s policy of wholly discarding, rather than counting or partially counting, out-of-precinct ballots, and criminalization of the collection of another person’s ballot, have a discriminatory impact on American Indian, Hispanic, and African American voters in Arizona,” Judge William Fletcher, a Bill Clinton appointee, wrote.

The decision was reported in the Arizona Republic, which makes no attempt to impartially deliver the news, using these inflammatory words: “Republicans who control the legislature enacted the policy with the intent of suppressing turnout from voters of minority groups.”

The state will appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, said Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, a defendant in the lawsuit along with the Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs.

“It’s surprising the Ninth Circuit took the unusual step of overruling its own decision from 2018,” Brnovich said. “I have a duty to defend the law. Our office will appeal to the Supreme Court and continue to protect the integrity of our elections.”

The court’s ruling can be read here.

The judges on the en banc panel are:

Sidney R. Thomas, Chief Judge (appointed by Bill Clinton)

Diarmuid F.O’Scannlain (appointed by Ronald Reagan)

William A. Fletcher (appointed by Bill Clinton)

Marsha S. Berzon (appointed by Bill Clinton)

Johnnie B. Rawlinson (appointed by Bill Clinton)

Richard R. Clifton (appointed by George W. Bush)

Jay S. Bybee (appointed by George W. Bush)

Consuelo M. Callahan (appointed by George W. Bush)

Mary H. Murguia (appointed by Barack Obama)

Paul J. Watford (appointed by Barack Obama)

John B. Owens (appointed by Barack Obama)

Dissent by Judge O’Scannlain; Dissent by Judge Bybee


AZ supports Pres. Trump, despite biased newspaper report

January 27, 2020

The Daily Insult, known as the Arizona Republic in a previous incarnation, barely clings to life, with a sports section that is heftier than the news portion in actual content — excluding hearing aid and erectile dysfunction ads aimed at its remaining aged subscribers. The virtually non-existent Monday edition was introduced in 2008 by saying it was customized for readers on the busiest day of the week. The price has continued to increase as the newspaper has withered.

An informative report is Peter Cohan‘s,Reasons Why Gannett Stock Has Yet To Find A Bottom,” which appeared in Forbes.

SRAZ has frequently written about the emaciated local newspaper, the open borders, Hillary-endorsing, Periódico de la República de Arizona which has shrunken in physical size, staff and content, and is now reliant on ASU student interns and purchased content.

Sunday’s edition ran a lengthy “Viewpoints” piece titled, “How did Arizona become purple?” written by the man who has been committed to pouring blue dye on red Arizona, which is the sole reason the newspaper elevated him to guest columnist status. Once the executive director of the Arizona Republican Party, he is now a full-fledged turncoat registered as PND, Party Not Declared. He also changed the toxic name (his) of his company to one suggesting dignity.

In 2016 Arizona gave all 11 of its electoral votes to Donald Trump. As much as it rankles those still running the newspaper, he remains immensely popular, drawing massive crowds to his appearances — here and nationwide. Leftists are working double time to impeach him, but the American people, who have benefited from his policies, see through the charade. 

The Washington Examiner lists President Donald Trump’s 319 ‘results’ and promises kept in three years. The list follows an excellent report.


Ridiculous language distortions gain traction

January 26, 2020

…Begin with replacing the misused word “progressive” with the far more accurate,”repressive.”

Just weeks ago, we learned that Merriam-Webster declared ‘they’ its “2019 word of the year,” in a nod to gender neutrality and those who now consider themselves non-binary. Gender neutral, non-binary and transgender, words with which we had previously never had even a nodding acquaintance, have gained prominence in our celebrity-driven world. The compliant media follow like lapdogs and before long misused words dominate our language and are being described in detail and taught to our kids in school.

The dictionary company’s revelation preempted the American Psychological Association recognizing “they” as a singular third-person pronoun in its latest scholarly writing style guide. No kidding!

Language corruption and distorted meanings abound. Language, like sexuality, has lost its significance and has now veered off into the land of fluidity, where nothing means anything and venerable, known definitions have been co-opted.

Which brings us to the misuse of the word “progressive” when describing radical leftists. Progressive is a word that is embraced by those who rejected the word liberal in favor of sounding forward-thinking and cutting-edge.  What compounds the egregious trickery is that conservatives, likely in a foolish quest to sound contemporary, routinely use it. The correct usage appears in the first paragraph of this article, titledBeware of phony conservatives.”

The dying Arizona Republic newspaper’s Sunday edition exemplifies the devaluation of definitions. In a three column report by wordsmith Daniel Gonzalez titled, “What we know about the latest caravan,” he used the words caravan and migrants interchangeably nearly four dozen times as he described Central Americans attempting passage through Mexico intending to invade the United States. He sought out a similarly agendized east coast Latina associate professor, who claims the timing is coordinated “to draw attention away from Trump’s impeachment trial and bolster support among his base during a presidential election year.”

This bonding to a flawed agenda that alienates educated readers signals the death knell for the failing newspaper. 

A much better description for leftists is “regressive,” which is exactly what they are. According to Merriam-Webster, regressive is in the bottom 40% in lookup popularityLet’s give it a rightful boost.


Martha McSally: GOP Sen. far left AZ Republic loves to hate

January 22, 2020

Newspaper poised to endorse gun restrictionist Mark Kelly

Although the Arizona Republic’s readership has dwindled to life support status, the newspaper has summoned sufficient strength to vomit out enough bile to create an early senate endorsement.

It would obviously be impertinent to make endorsements this far in advance of the Nov. 3, 2020 General Election. The newspaper’s sly tactic prior to its official endorsement of radical leftist Mark “Mr. Gabby Giffords” Kelly, is to relentlessly belittle former two-term congresswoman and current Sen. Martha McSally. Republicans should note, the U.S. Air Force Academy graduate, fighter pilot and first female war zone squadron commander, has the complete and total endorsement!of Pres. Donald Trump.

Contemptible columnist EJ Montini who knows a thing or two about spewing hate, headlines his recent columns:

“Sen. Martha McSally’s fake hate for the ‘liberal’ press masks her hate for ALL press.”

“Arizona Republican Party has a sleazy reply to Sen. Martha McSally’s media ‘troll.’”

The newspaper’s other leftist columnist Laurie Roberts retches:

“Sen. McSally is now selling ‘liberal hack’ T-shirts. How tone deaf can she be?

These came after McSally dismissed a left-wing CNN reporter who harassed her in the congressional halls about the presidential impeachment. She rightly called him a “liberal hack”

Editorials and news articles leave no doubt the newspaper’s editorial board will endorse gun grabber Democrat Mark Kelly — funded by billionaire Socialist George Soros and his network.

Kelly, along with his wife, former AZ U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-CD 8) — who was shot in 2011 during a campaign event in which six were killed and 15 injured — runs the major gun control-focused group Giffords PAC, which between its hybrid PAC and 501(c)(4) nonprofit Giffords, spent nearly $7 million to aid Democrat congressional candidates in 2018.* The twosome are both friends of Barack Obama.

It would fulfill a final wish for the dying newspaper to leave behind two Democrat U.S. Senators representing Arizona.

That effrontery would signal the end of Arizona as we know it.

*Center for Responsive Politics


Dying AZ Republic: Charging more for less

January 20, 2020

The gravely dwindling number of subscribers to the Arizona Republic newspaper recently received a Machiavellian missive from Jason Guthrie, whose title following his undecipherable signature identified him as, ‘Senior Director Customer Service and Membership.’  No doubt it was an oversight that caused Jason to omit the most significant part of his job description: ‘Comedian.’

His letter begins:

“We know how much you appreciate receiving your subscription to the Arizona Republic and the enjoyable reading experience it provides you every day.”

Jason calls the unrelentingly biased anti-Trump coverage in the increasing leftist, Hillary-endorsing newspaper, and the continual advocacy for illegal alien invaders, “objective journalism.”

 He continues in a comedic vein:

“We are committed to providing you the daily printed reading experience you have enjoyed over the years, but we need your support. As of 2/1/2020, the rate for your subscription will be $35.67 per month (plus applicable taxes.) We promise to remain committed to serving your needs and keeping you informed every day with news you can trust.”

In the wake of massive cutbacks and layoffs, subpar ASU Cronkite school student interns working for a byline, sans offices and editors have replaced what were once known as journalists, who reported objectively. The Republic reliably regurgitates previous articles and consistently endorses Democrats. In 2018, it named Kyrsten Sinema “Arizonan of the Year.” Phil Boas, the anything-for-a-buck editorial page editor coordinated the relentless attacks resulting in the removal of his own father-in-law, Sheriff Joe Arpaio, from office after winning reelection to an unprecedented six four-year terms. Since Arpaio is running again, expect the hatchet job to begin anew.

The Sunday edition contained a section with a single report on wildfires, written by the part-time child welfare reporter who now works for a PR firm. It took up seven of eight pages, interspersed by hearing aid and erectile dysfunction ads aimed at its senior citizen demographic. Sports pages routinely outnumber news. Recirculated columns by a columnist who died in 2018 still appear. The no-news “paper” — which has shrunken in size and content — became an early cheerleader for homosexuality under the direction of Randy Lovely, beginning its steep decline in 2008. The AZ Republic became a homeless vagrant in 2019, just prior to being sold in a Gannett deal.

If you have been a loyal subscriber you receive continual rate hikes and a swift kick in the derrière. New subscribers get reduced rate deals that include daily delivery and digital content.

Facebook Republic reviewers are a dissatisfied lot, protesting ongoing price hikes, radically left partisan content, continuing auto-pay deductions after cancellations and lack of response to complaints.

In our post, The Suicidal Arizona Republic committed to its own demise, we offered a suggestion to staying afloat: “Commit to unbiased reporting and stop insulting subscribers. Once they’re gone, they’ll never return.”

Don’t hold your breath waiting for such a commitment.