Sheriff Joe remains focus of ethically challenged newspaper

March 13, 2017

Arizona’s statewide newspaper is known by various names. For its pro-amnesty/open borders stance it is sometimes referred to as the Periódico de la República de Arizona. Many call it the Arizona Repugnant or Repulsive. More recently, as the failing newspaper attempts to fill its smaller and devoid of news pages it repeats the  same articles — sometimes pages apart in the same edition of the newspaper — leading to the name the Daily Regurgitation.

But whatever name is most fitting on any particular day, know this: The newspaper was committed to taking down popular Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio who had been reelected to an unprecedented six 4-year terms

The chosen replacement was Democrat Paul Penzone, with zero background in the sheriff’s office. His connections are far more nefarious. His campaign was funded to the tune of $2 million by radical leftwing globalist George Soros, who disdains sovereign national borders and is working  tooverhaul the U.S. Justice Systemas reported by Politico. What will be the  quid pro quo for his generosity?

Now in one of the largest requests submitted to the budget office, Penzone wants an extra $4.1 million to buy laptops, radios, computer server storage and 300 Tasers — all “vital to the safety of the public and deputies.”  That would be a drop in the bucket to multi-billionaire Soros. Penzone ought to hit him up for the funding.

Sunday’s edition of the Periódico de la República de Arizona lavishes praise on Penzone with a two page article titled, A New Sheriff In Town, by ASU Cronkite reporter Jerod MacDonald-Evoy, who still puts his high school on his résumé. He focuses on the new sheriff’s newly forged relationship with the town of Guadalupe, where Arpaio conducted a workplace enforcement raid of illegals. Penzone is noted for referring to illegal aliens as “guests.”

But we’ve saved the best for last. Dominic Verstegen describes himself as a 40-year-old dad living in Phoenix and documenting his life in occasional columns for the local newspaper. A quick Google search identifies him as a local lawyer.  Throwing in gratuitous, non sequitur slams against Sheriff Arpaio is his hallmark.

Boasting about “the time I was on the best show on TV,” which he identifies as the local PBS’ Check Please! where a panel critique local restaurants, he describes getting flustered by the studio cameras with these words,” I was as awkward as Sheriff Joe at a quinceanera.”

Seriously.

Another column is on navigating Valley roads which the former Midwesterner describes as “quirky.” Displaying his coolness, he even managed to work the word transgendered into his description of wacky freeway signs. When he gets to complaining about major roads changing names, he inanely opines, “It seems like a deliberate attempt to mess with Valley residents. Like that time when Joe Arpaio was our sheriff for 24 years.”

Imagine this Johnny-One-Note mounting a defense in a criminal trial: “Your honor and members of the jury, I acknowledge that my client engaged in multiple bad acts, but they weren’t his fault.  He lived in Maricopa County where Joe Arpaio was the sheriff.”


Dying AZ Republic refuses to take its meds

March 8, 2017

While the markets have been surging since the election of President Trump, Gannett Co., Inc. (GCI) parent company of the Arizona Republic has been in decline.  On Dec. 4, 2015 Gannett was selling at $17.48 a share. Tuesday morning it was trading at $7.85. The plunge began in earnest after the leftist publication came out with a Sept. 27, 2016 presidential endorsement of scandal-plagued Hillary Clinton.  The newspaper was forced to admit that the move precipitated a flood of calls to cancel subscriptions. 

But insulting the remaining readers is de rigueur for the Republic, whose favorite topics are sob stories promoting illegal aliens and attempting to normalize deviant behavior –a wide-ranging topic which took on a new luster under the paper’s former editor, Randy Lovely.  He did such a bang-up job in Arizona, he has been promoted to a VP position at Gannett, necessitating a move to the company’s headquarters in McLean, Virginia.

The stock market has responded favorably to Donald Trump, with the Dow breaking above 20,000 for the first time ever within days of his inauguration. Following his speech to Congress, the Dow Jones hit another record — this one climbing above 21,000.

Despite a massive boom in employment since his election, the Arizona Republic continues to hammer him, with a daily barrage of skewed headlines topping reports that have only a passing acquaintance with the truth.  Cartoonist Steve Benson has lost his ability to portray any entity other than increasingly vile distortions of President Trump. The editorials are a constant agenda-filled harangue.

Now the continually shrinking — in size and content — newspaper has a new gimmick.  No, we’re not talking about the propensity to run the same story twice in the same edition, although that has a decided eeriness to it. Demographic studies point to senior citizens as the reliable reader base, hence the majority of ads are for hearing aids, senior facilities, and life alert alarms to assist in the event of a fall.

Are these the people to aim Page One articles and oversized photos of hurdles faced by transgender Arizonans in the workplace? How many even heard the term until recently when it became newsworthy due to their desire to use public restrooms of their feelings, not their biology and demanded accommodations?

The latest stunt is to take up three-quarters of the front page or jump page with repetitive miniscule graphics. A report on escalating crime, for example, included a legend to reading the meaning into the pictures of guns (shooting), fists (blunt force), knives (stabbing), a hypodermic needle (drug overdose), skull and crossbones (poisoning), and a flame (smoke inhalation). The editorial board obviously regards its declining base as being in need of remedial support to aid their reading experience. 

It’s clear the leftist publication would rather die as a purveyor of skewed news, continuing to insult its remaining readers than live with impartial journalistic integrity as a hallmark. The fact that the entire newspaper has become the editorial page is unmistakably reflected in its steadily declining stock prices.


AZ Republic editorial proves newspaper still doesn’t get it

January 23, 2017

Fishwrap Alert

In the Sunday editorial that sounds as though it was emailed from Tucson by the telecommuting leftie editorialist Linda Valdez, the carping begins and ends with, “Trump’s inauguration speech proves he still doesn’t get it. “

There was a time we would have provided a link to the sham “Editorial Board’s” dissemination of misinformation laced with extremist partisan myopia. We see no need for such generosity when  the intent of the piece was to marginalize our newly elected Commander-in-Chief, Donald Trump. Facts take a back seat when points are attempting to be scored by the Hillary-endorsing newspaper, which referred to the departing Obama’s as “gracious” and scandal plagued, often scowling Hillary Clinton as “respectful.”

These words reveal the newspaper’s real agenda: “Trump’s inaugural speech was an opportunity to rise above a divisive campaign and low approval ratings by reaching out (cliché alert!) to America’s better angels. But he did not show an understanding that his audience has grown to include all Americans — those who voted for him and those who voted against him.”

In fact, Donald Trump reached past the angels, going directly to God, whose spirit he invoked throughout his speech. Democrats don’t like that.  Who can forget when they booed the inclusion of God (video) at their 2012 national convention?

In a shameful display of petulance and signaling an unwillingness to work together for the American people, 67 Democrat members of Congress boycotted the inauguration of our nation’s 45th President. Republicans, none too thrilled with the 2008 and 2012 elections of Barack Obama, showed him and the office to which he was elected the respect due them. There were no boycotts.

Over the weekend, Peggy Noonan wrote “President Trump Declares Independence,” noting  his refreshing message to America, Remember those things I said in the campaign? I meant them. I meant it all ”

The new White House website provides proof.

Those of us who waited in the long lines to attend Donald Trump’s rallies, connected with him and voted for him — get it. Liberals are in for the same tough ride we had under the Constitution-shredding Obama, but will not handle it with grace. “Snowflakes” that they are, they’ll need more safe rooms, coloring books and hot cocoa.


Repeating lies doesn’t make them truth

January 9, 2017

Education and Donald Trump top the AZ Republic’s scams

We’re only one week into the new year and President-elect Donald Trump has not quite two weeks before his inauguration, but that doesn’t stop the folks at the Arizona Republic from engaging in deceptive use of the English language.

The newspaper’s scheme brings to mind Winston Smith, the protagonist in George Orwell’s best seller “1984.”  A clerk in the government’s Ministry of Truth Records Department, Smith’s job was to rewrite historical documents to align with the constantly changing current political deception. Newspeak, a reduced language became the tool to limit free thought and concepts posing a threat to the totalitarian regime. Any form of thought alternative to the party’s construct was classified as “thought crime,” “crime think,” or “doublethink.” Smith’s work included manipulating facts, revising newspaper articles and doctoring photographs to remove “unpersons,” the term used to describe people who had fallen out of favor with the party.

In these cases however, it is not a regime or party but the newspaper itself that engages in the deception. In advance of today’s State of the State address, Sunday’s edition used the front page to take Gov. Doug Ducey to task on the issue of education. The headline: “With his term half over, Ducey under pressure to go big.” Would the liberals pumping out these ludicrous stories have referred Democrat Gov. Janet Napolitano using those words two years into her first term?  How about Barack Obama?  Not a chance.  They saw two more years and a second term ahead for the Democrats.

Sunday’s edition also carried an editorial, “Ariz. Schools need real help,” in which they quote their own reporter as well as cite left-wing polling data. It’s not a mystery that subscriptions to this rag are on life support.

Education has become a hot issue for the educrats. Not only is it underfunded, it is underfunded. This is not a typo, just making a point.  It has become the norm for school districts to continually hold bond override elections, “for the children” or to “get more money into the classroom” —  specifically the teacher’s paycheck. The Arizona Lottery was sold to voters in Nov. 1980 as a means of putting millions yearly into education. The City of Phoenix has a Democrat mayor who ran on making education a priority, despite the fact that elected city officials play no role in shaping education policy — typically the realm of the state government and school districts. Greg Stanton has moved past those vague promises, now throwing his hat in the ring for the under-the-radar post of Secretary of State, a frequent backdoor route to the governor’s office.

Voters are getting tired of having to live within their means while the school districts continually cry out for more money. As a result, ballot overrides, once considered sacrosanct, have begun failing.

Proposition 123 a massive increase in education funding, pushed by Gov. Ducey, was a nail-biter for several days, since the vote margins were razor-thin. The final result was 50.8 percent in favor to 49.2 percent opposed to the measure. State Treasurer Jeff DeWit was an adamant opponent, saying there was ample money to fund education without raiding the State Land Trust Fund or raising property taxes.

Sunday’s edition of the newspaper also rolled out a commentary by propagandist Linda Valdez, who never saw an illegal she didn’t prefer to a U.S. Citizen. Her rant includes these odd words: “Millions of families in the United States are living in fear because of Donald Trump’s rise to power.” Apparently she missed the fact that he is not an apparition, but was elected to the presidency of the United States.  Then she pulls out the old canard, that these (illegal) families “face catastrophic separations.“ The oft-repeated lie is outrageous. Nothing stops parents returning to their homeland from taking their American-born children with them. She describes a grandnephew of hers — “a child” —too fearful to sleep.

Nowhere does she mention the hordes of children sent into the U.S. alone and under deplorable conditions by their own parents, who know they will be links to the outlandish practice of chain migration also known as family reunification. Valdez conveniently forgets Jose who illegally crosses into the U.S. for work, sending money home to Maria and the ninos, until his new honey becomes pregnant and Jose forgets about his old family south of the border. How about a column on that practice, Linda?

 


No news about arrested local Jihadist in AZ Republic

December 24, 2016

Lack of information exposes the falsehood of adage “No news is good news”

The local newspaper isn’t giving this any ink, but Pamela Geller reports ISIS is in Phoenix and plotting to attack a midnight mass and Tucson Jewish community center. Also on Derrick Thompson’s attack list found by officers during a search of the apartment he shared with his wife and young child, were a military recruiting center and fitness location. Thompson, who also goes by the name Abu Talib Al-Amriki, is a home-grown, Phoenix raised jihadist. He’s a convicted felon, prohibited from purchasing firearms, which he has repeatedly attempted to do online. He was arrested by the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force.

Geller links to an ABC 15 Arizona report.

Thompson’s arrest comes a month after Mahin Khan, an 18-year-old Arizona man, was sentenced to eight years in prison for terrorism convictions stemming from a plot to attack a motor vehicle office in metro Phoenix.

While the Arizona Republic busies itself denouncing President-elect Donald Trump and irrationally comparing him to German mass murderer Adolf Hitler weeks before his inauguration, fundamental Islamic terrorists are working to decimate us. The newspaper — which often reprints the identical story in another section of the same edition — can’t claim it has no additional space to inform Arizonans of the terrorists in our midst. It might just be it has no will to do so.

This nearly six-year old SRAZ post, Hezbollah on our doorstep: Radical Muslims in border towns, includes this ABC 10 San Diego news report detailing the Shi’a Muslim terrorist group Hezbollah has a long established foothold in Tijuana and other border towns.

Read the shocking results of this Center for Security Policy poll conducted among U.S. Muslims who say they would trade the U.S. Constitution for Shariah law and specify that the Quran should be highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion.

After famed neurosurgeon and 2016 GOP presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson responded to a question by saying that he would not support an obedient Muslim for president because Islamic law is incompatible with the U.S. Constitution, the former brain surgeon’s roasting among media talkers and politicians of all stripes took on a life of its own.

There’s no doubt that Dr. Carson was correct. But among dedicated liberals these days political correctness trumps being correct — even if we are ensuring our own demise and burqas for our granddaughters.


Carjacker tries to hit officer gets care, cop gets admin leave

December 20, 2016

True to form, the local newspaper omits an important detail in describing Reggi Martinez, the 24-year-old identified by Scottsdale police as the carjacker who, after forcing the owner from his car, attempted to run over a police officer.

According to the news report, which includes Martinez’ photo, this lowlife also “led officers on a chase through the city and, at one point, triggered a crash.” He collided with two vehicles in an intersection. 

The criminal received free medical care at a local hospital and a bed and nourishment after being booked in jail.

The news account says the name of the officer who shot at the stolen car — which was aimed at a second officer — has not been released, although the officer has been placed on administrative leave. The officer should be acclaimed as a hero.

What is the need for this abundance of caution resulting in a penalty for the police officer who was trying to keep his fellow officer from being seriously injured or killed?

And Martinez? What the newspaper report omits is his status.  Is he an American citizen, an illegal or one of those unverifiable “dreamers” who give the rest of us nightmares?

Try our nearly seven-year old Primer: How to decipher Republicese. It’s still an invaluable aid in trying to decipher the Periódico de la República de Arizona (Arizona Republic). 


Making the case that the media skew the news

December 6, 2016

The Daily Regurgitation — yes, the state’s largest newspaper really does shamelessly re-spew its own reports — sometimes a day or two apart and often in different sections of the same edition. The frequency of the repetition quickly took the actions outside of the error category.

Open borders/amnesty plodder Linda Valdez, never one to obscure her far left views, writes columns titled, “How liberals move forward under Trump.” or “The Mexico you need to know.” But she outdoes herself with this rollicking piece titled, “Why Trump’s attack on media hurts you more than me.” She cites  the growing proliferation of “fake news” as being “truly corrosive to liberty,” even managing to stir Thomas Jefferson into the mix. As one who routinely engages in skew, her protests ring hollow.

Valdez quotes President-elect Donald Trump telling an audience that “professional journalists are very dishonest people.”

Even the reliably liberal Washington Post headlines with this admission: “Just 7 percent of journalists are Republicans. That’s far fewer than even a decade ago.”

Chris Cillizza reports: A majority of American journalists identify themselves as political Independents although among those who choose a side Democrats outnumber Republicans four to one.” He cites a study of the media conducted by two Indiana University professors.

It would be beyond rational to believe a reporter’s personal political alignment doesn’t seep into his or her political news coverage. Readers of the Arizona Republic  know better. That’s why there are fewer and fewer of them.

Valdez doth protest too much.