Americans are finally presented with undeniable proof, admitted to by the purveyors, that President Trump is right in his needling references to “fake news.”
After acknowledging that substantiating sources didn’t exist, “throwing the veracity of entire stories into question,” The Houston Chronicle has retracted eight stories and apologizes to its readers. Read the explanation and apology. This is an update from the executive editor, Nancy Barnes, disclosing unable to verify sources in numerous reports resulted in the resignation of veteran reporter and Austin bureau chief Mike Ward.
Don’t hold your breath waiting for the Hillary Clinton-endorsing Arizona Republic, the local disseminator of skewed news, to emulate the Houston Chronicle. The majority of what’s left of its staff consists of unpaid ASU Cronkite Journalism School student interns, who often use questionable grammar and write reports that employ the same style popularized by Snoopy the inventive beagle in the Charles Schulz’ comic strip, “Peanuts.”
The difference is, there is nothing comical about an unreliable press.
As examples, today’s edition of the Arizona Republic used its former sob-story queen Laurie Roberts, now given meatier political assignments, to rant in a column headlined, “Republican crybabies need to get a grip in McSally, Sinema race,” which opens by accusing Republicans of engaging in “cry babying, conspiracy mongering and outright character assassination,” in reaction to the suspicious change in vote totals giving radical leftist Kyrsten Sinema a sudden vote surge.
Leftist editorial writer Elvia Diaz follows Robert’s tripe with “Get angry: Newly elected Arizona Rep. Raquel Teran is being sued because she’s brown.” A former candidate and political provocateur, Alice Novoa, characterized by Diaz as an “anti-immigrant activist,” has filed a lawsuit challenging Teran’s citizenship, an issue that may or may not have legitimacy. The court, not Diaz — who determinedly calls the claims “false” — will decide.