Failing AZ Republic’s cheap, novel news sourcing

July 8, 2019

It’s no secret. The Arizona Republic’s end is near. Subscriptions  plummeted in the wake of its sheep-like endorsement of Hillary Clinton in 2016 in a state that gave all of its electoral votes to Donald Trump. Parent company Gannett has overseen massive layoffs following by-outs of contracted employees, leaving ASU Cronkite J School students working on the fly — since the now homeless newspaper sold its office building and parking garage to stay afloat. The Republic has repeatedly been on the auction block.

Desperate for relevancy as it attempts to entice its remaining readers to a much less expensive all digital format, the latest dodge is to bring in, “informed, connected and uniquely Arizonan” (and unpaid) writers to produce “semi-regular guest columns.”  This new charade will be known as “Voices.”

The introduction muses: “Why we’re looking for more diverse opinions,” and then answers with this bit of snark: “Why do we want more civil debate and smart ideas that differ from our own? Probably because these days, they are so hard to find.”

The only takeaway from that absurdity is the consensus of opinion agrees with the editorial page editor, Phil Boas, which election results showed to be patently false.

Who could forget Boas?  He’s the do-anything-for-a-buck character who oversaw the daily coordinated takedown of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio — his own father-in-law. Arpaio, who was elected to an unprecedented six four-year terms, has more savvy in his little finger than Boas has in his entire rotundity.

Boas then devotes two pages to introducing the eight members of the “Board of Contributors,” with dual sets of the same photos.  Diversity is, of course, the game plan. But as with all leftists, that never includes a diversity of thought. Skin pigment reigns supreme as Boas states, “We‘ve brought together a new guard of black and Latino leadership,” oddly omitting the Asian businesswoman in the mix.

For an idea of the deception behind this farce, one of the “Voices,” is described as a “former executive director of the Arizona Republican Party.” Neglected is the fact that he is currently registered as a PND, “Party Not Declared,” after being exposed as ethically challenged. 

Another “Voice” is a high schooler in her junior year, described as a “lead organizer for two climate change groups. Still too young to vote and living off of her parents, this is her youth infused arrogant self-description:

“We, the youth, believe that #thisisZeroHour to act on climate change. We cannot afford to wait any longer for adults to protect our right to a clean, safe environment and the natural resources we need to not just survive, but flourish. We know that we are the leaders we have been waiting for!”

Waste no sympathy on the coming demise of this seriously ill and chronically wrong newspaper. It has methodically been carving out its own calamitous fate.


Lawmakers become lawbreakers

July 7, 2019

Democrats Rep. Veronica Escobar and Sen. Cory “I am Spartacus” Booker flout the law to gain votes…as Dem Robert O’Rourke takes his presidential campaign directly to Mexico

The fact that the despicable antics of U.S. Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-TX) are garnering national exposure is significant.  But having members of congress who take an oath “to support and defend the United States …” actually aid and abet criminality, is beyond abhorrent.

Escobar, who replaced Democrat presidential candidate Robert “Beto” O’Rourke in the U.S. House, has been exposed as secretly sending her staff into Mexico to coach illegal aliens how to qualify for asylum protection.

According to the National Border Patrol Council’s El Paso chapter and several Customs and Border Protection personnel, Congresswoman Escobar is sending her staff to Mexico’s northern border town of Ciudad Juarez to find illegals returned from El Paso, Texas, under the “remain in Mexico” policy, and coaching them to pretend they cannot speak Spanish to exploit a loophole letting them to return to the U.S.

Under the Migrant Protection Protocols, or “Remain in Mexico” policy, anyone returned must be fluent in Spanish since they may have to reside in Mexico up to five years until a U.S. federal judge is able to process their asylum claim, among 100’s of thousands.

Although her bio states Escobar “is a fierce advocate for the rights of all El Paso residents,” she obviously has a problem differentiating American citizens from those of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.

This past week, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, another in the pack of Democrat presidential candidates, was also in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, and personally escorted five invading women (as reported by The Lid, complete with photo) as they illegally crossed the U.S. southern border.

Booker, aiding and abetting criminality, is a Democrat presidential candidate, as is Robert “Beto” O’Rourke, who took the novel approach of campaigning directly to Mexicans in Juarez, speaking to them in Spanish, as reported by BizPac Review.

Violating the law and ignoring American citizens has oddly become the issue that radical leftist office holders and candidates for the presidency regard as persuasive in broadening their constituent base.

Americans who care about the future of our country will vote Republican and support President Donald J. Trump’s reelection in 2020.

It matters now more than ever.

Dying AZ Republic heralds newsroom diversity quotas

July 3, 2019

The harsh truth for many of us who grew up following the news, is journalism Is dead. Victor Davis Hanson, writer extraordinaire, provides the stark reality in his illuminating column,Journalism is Dead—Long Live the Media!posted on American Greatness. The entire column is a worthy read, though we have lifted two paragraphs as we zero in on the affront that appeared in Arizona’s pathetic excuse for a newspaper.

First, Hanson:

“Concerning the three great psychodramas of the last two years—the Kavanaugh hearings, the Covington kids fiasco, and the Jussie Smollett fantasy—the media for too long trafficked in the lies of the discredited and predicated their coverage on ideology: feminists, Native Americans, and African-Americans as noble victims; their white male oppressors not so much, regardless of the actual facts of the case.

During the Duke lacrosse team mess, the University of Virginia fraternity hoax, and the George Zimmerman-Trayvon Martin drama the public first began to sense the old implicit media bias had become something new—an outright distortion of evidence to serve a higher cause. We are now at the point that the news consumer has little expectation that journalists will report the facts, but assumes that they will massage, distort, and misrepresent narratives for purposes of supposed social utility.”

Next, the failing, left-leaning Arizona Republic:

The homeless, skeletal semblance of its former self after massive layoffs, relying on editor-less ASU Cronkite students working out of their cars, dependent on McDonald’s wi-fi — treats readers to an embarrassing half-page editorial.

Greg Burton, a new hire as executive editor, unashamedly exposes the truth that drives the newsroom.  If you guessed news, you’re off by a country mile. It’s diversity! The actual title?

From our executive editor: We’re dedicated to improving newsroom diversity – and have the numbers to prove it.”  Seriously.

To Burton, gender and ethnicity trump (oops!) competency. He lists the percentages of “women and people of color” the newspaper has hired, promoted and added to the management ranks, while acknowledging the many personnel loses as subscriptions have plummeted. Burton continues, “We’ve dedicated ourselves to improving diversity as we recruit and retool. In 2018 and 2019, we rebuilt the newsroom to 30% people of color. As I write this, we’re at 31%.”

His offensive premise is only “people of color” can relate to “other people of color.” Following that brilliance to it’s logical conclusion, as an imperfect white male, Burton should be jobless again in record time. 

According to Feb. 2019 numbers provided by Statista, only 32% of United States’ adults trust the news media most of the time. The U.S. was among the several countries where less than 35 percent of survey respondents considered news media generally trustworthy, ranking close to Malaysia, Taiwan and Slovakia.

The Arizona Republic’s new executive editor Greg Burton provides a clue for the lack of trust. If reporters are hired to fill quotas based on their melanin/skin pigment and whether they sit or stand in the bathroom, clearly readers are held in similar disregard. That could be added to the long list of why there are so few left.

He concludes with this deceitful though pitiable pitch: “Know this about The Republic: We’re here to produce and deliver great journalism, and to reflect the community we serve. If you’re not a subscriber, join us at (provides the subscription address).” We’re betting there won’t be a rush to take him up on the invitation to support the shrunken, overpriced, Hillary endorsing rag that values diversity over veracity.

Anti-Trump bias vs. Ducey love fest

July 1, 2019

Inconsistent coverage in dealing with rogue nations

President Donald Trump was in Osaka, Japan meeting with world leaders at the G-20 Summit Friday and Saturday. Predictably, the lamestream media coverage of our president was negative.

His significant trade meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping resulting in resumption of talks and reigning in of tariffs was buried on page 8 of the USA Today insert of the daily newspaper. 

On Sunday, Trump became the first U.S. President to set foot in North Korea, briefly meeting in the Demilitarized Zone with Kim Jong Un. The historic meeting was characterized as a concession to the dictator, rather than opening the door to dialogue. Following the meeting, President Trump announced that the USA and Korea will relaunch stalled nuclear talks. Speaking of the meeting through a translator, Kim said, “I believe that this will have a positive force on all of our discussions in the future.”

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, on the other hand, is heralded for hosting the Arizona-Mexico Commission 2019 Summit in Phoenix. Mexico, abutting our southern border, has facilitated the passage of 100’s of thousands of illegal aliens from the Central American countries of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras through its own normally impenetrable southern border — through its interior — via caravans to the United States. Far from a spontaneous movement, it was strategically planned and supported by Mexico. Prior to this serious breech of so-called friendship, Mexico has long aided and abetted its own citizens as they invaded the United States, even printing comic books* in 2005, to assist the illiterate in evading capture.

Monies sent back to their native countries by Mexican and Central American illegals in 2018, amounted to a record $53.4 billion in American currency — tax-free remittances. Mexico and Central America benefited by this massive transfer of wealth siphoned out of the USA. That’s more than double the estimated cost of building a secure border barrier on the U.S./Mexico border. Taxing those billions of outgoing American dollars should begin immediately, with those monies earmarked to pay for the wall.

By way of a June 27, 2019 News Release, delusional Ducey extols the Arizona-Mexico Commission which he declares has focused on “strengthening Arizona’s relationship with Mexico,” and “promoting goodwill.”

To the rest of us who were not mentored in deceit by John McCain, this is insultingly preposterous. Ducey’s first job when he arrived in Arizona to attend ASU was working at Cindy Hensley McCain’s Hensley & Co., one of the largest Anheuser-Busch beer distributors in the nation. That early association was the basis for a longstanding friendship between the Ducey’s and McCain’s. John McCain, a committed amnesty proponent, encouraged Ducey’s political career. It shows.

* H/T Eagle Forum

AZ educrat duplicity cheats students of a future

June 27, 2019

The latest report assessing the AzMERIT test scores for our state’s students points to abysmal failure, with over half of the students failing in math and third graders unable to pass the reading exams.

The scores of seventh, eighth and ninth graders fell in English. According to the report, fewer than 40% of those eighth grade and higher even passed basic proficiency in the language of our country. 

But the Arizona Department of Education proudly proclaims the test’s new name AzM2! (complete with an exclamation point.) Educrats priorities are skewed as our children are academically screwed.

If your stomach is strong enough, check out Arizona’s schools and their stats. You’ve been forewarned.  SRAZ has randomly picked one. Scroll through the entire page and chart. It is listed as NR (academically Not Rated). With a Kindergarten through third grade student body of 766, listed as nearly 80% Hispanic, and likely a high percentage of English Language Learners (ESL), the mission statement is shameful  There is no commitment to academic excellence, but rather this blather:

“A community that inspires future doers. In order to actualize our school vision, we here at Sevilla East School are committed to: 1. Creating a safe and loving environment for all. 2. Providing physical and emotional support for all stakeholders. 3. Engaging and empowering our community. 4. Challenging all stakeholders to tap into their highest potential to realize their dreams. 5. Holding one another accountable.”

The actual number of English language learners is redacted. Students, “without disabilities,” who received one or more in-school suspensions? 28. Students with Chronic Absenteeism? 258. Students Enrolled in at least one Advanced Placement Course? Zip. Zero. Nadda.

The teachers who are doing such an exemplary job of dumbing down our children are the same ones who dressed themselves in #RedsForEd T-shirts (SRAZ added the “s” for clarity ) followed a 24-year-old, self-described Socialist and hip hop music (non-accredited) teacher, as they abandoned more than 840,000 students for a week in violation of their contractual agreements. They then demanded — and received from spineless Gov.  Doug Ducey — a 20% pay increase. Still, the part-time teachers (do you get the summer off, numerous half days, and lengthy holiday breaks?) have ample money to fund their unions,* which give $millions to Democrat candidates and left-wing issues.

Talk about getting a bang for our bucks.  Our sons and daughters are being sexualized while taught about gender fluidity and Planned Parenthood is invited into their classrooms to teach them the relevancy of homosexuality and how abortion is a woman’s choice to make with her own body, breezily obliterating the fact that there are actually two heartbeats and frequently differing blood types.

Wouldn’t it make more sense to focus on academics to reach their lofty goal of “Challenging all stakeholders to tap into their highest potential to realize their dreams?” And why are kids now called “stakeholders?” If they learn nothing, these bogus stakes will be the only ones they’ll ever hold. Fillet Mignon will be forever out of reach.

* Follow the Money

Raw deceit keeps local columnist Montini employed

June 24, 2019

When one lies for a living, telling the truth doesn’t come easy. Being employed when colleagues have been given their walking papers in systematic cutbacks, no doubt presents a conundrum.  It’s good to have a salary, though tough to know former co-workers are facing hardships.  But disgorging odious spew three days a week is what keeps the bills paid. And if you’re E. J. Montini, writing columns for the Arizona Republic newspaper, bile automatically erupts by way of your leftist politics.  Dishonesty? That’s your stock in trade.

You’ve hung on longer by repeating falsehoods and denigrating American patriots who were repeatedly elected to office by Arizona voters.  Revulsion for Republicans oozes from your every pore.

The headline of Montini’s recent column contains the words “Operation Wetback,” relating to a mass deportation of illegal aliens in the 1950’s. The program was put into effect during the Eisenhower administration with the support of the Mexican government, facing a national worker shortage, since a majority of the illegals crossing the border were young men. It was only later when the Mexican government realized the value of reparations, bolstering its economy by over $30 billion each year, that it worked to facilitate the invasion.

The fascinating thing about liars is the ease with which they spin tall tales. Nowhere in the column is Pres. Eisenhower mentioned. Known as “Ike” he was the popular, two-term president who was a five-star general in the U.S. Army during World War II and served as the first supreme commander of NATO. He had previously been president of Columbia University.

Most assuredly not a bigot, in 1957 he ordered federal troops to Little Rock, Arkansas to protect nine black children integrating into a public school — the first time the US federal government ordered troops in the South since the end of the Civil War.

Though Eisenhower was mysteriously absent from Montini’s screed, President Donald Trump was maligned, hammered and battered for desiring to halt the unfettered invasion of our country by illegals. The United States welcomes approximately a million legal immigrants each year with the reasonable expectation of assimilation, which is too few and too restrictive for the ethically challenged E.J.

Also worthy of bashing are former Arizona Senate President Russell Pearce, who sponsored SB 1070 (actual title: “Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act”), and former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, whose deputies enforced the law, signed by Gov. Jan Brewer in 2010. Major portions of the law were later gutted by a federal court judge.

What do Trump, Pearce and Arpaio have in common? They are all men of unquestioned patriotism, principled courage and a deep commitment to the United States of America.

Those patriotic traits rankle Montini, who robotically tailors his vacuous verbal vomit to fit the newspaper’s agenda — facts be damned. He’s earning his keep.

Martha McSally suddenly disdains “creepy old men”

June 21, 2019

…gave McCain a pass

Although former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore strongly denied allegations of inappropriate conduct with young women over 40 years earlier, his 2017 U.S. Senate aspirations crashed and burned.

That was the point. Accusations are all it takes in the wake of the #MeToo era.

Nine women suddenly emerged after Moore, the Republican nominee in the special election was making a strong showing. Moore had repeatedly been elected to Alabama’s high court without any attempt to smear his reputation, but that was a statewide judicial office. The U.S. Senate race had far-reaching consequences, with the potential to upset the balance of power in D.C., making it worthy of pulling out all stops to curtail his campaign.

The oddity came as calls for Moore to suspend his race was led by Democrats and their establishment Republicrat cohorts, in a bizarre display of bipartisan vigor. Imagine Democrats going after one of their own, and recruiting GOP colleagues’ assistance even if they found evidence he was a modern day Jack the Ripper?

AZ Sen. Martha McSally, a nominal Republican, is so agitated by Judge Moore’s recent U.S. Senate campaign she is quoted as saying,

“Give me a break. This place (DC) has enough creepy old men.”

Those were words she never uttered when the Arizona delegation included the foul-mouthed and crude John McCain, who used vulgar language to disparage his own wife and the mother of his children in front of staffers.