Associated Press gives official pass to criminals

July 13, 2021

News agency will no longer cover “not newsworthy” crimes

Associated Press is back to its old tricks, determining what is now too offensive for general consumption while attempting to manipulate American’s attitudes via language. It has become the self-appointed arbiter of communication, with no one to challenge its leftist perspective. SRAZ has written about the agency’s overreaches intended to cunningly alter the vantage point of readers, now utilizing loaded language techniques while ignoring minority perpetrated criminality.

In 2019 AP reporters were instructed on retooling language in an effort to reconfigure opinions. In 2021 deceitful word manipulation has become even more emboldened. We noted at the time that what was once heralded as the free press, has grotesquely transmogrified to purveyors of mind control. This is an important link which is worth your time.

Claiming its mission is to “inform the world,” and “setting the industry standard for ethics in journalism,” AP boasts it’s been on the scene since 1846. Its former rival United Press International (UPI) has all but dried up and bitten the dust.

AP’s latest gambit is deeming certain names too objectionable to be seen in print. Naming crime suspects or showing mug shots of minority criminal perpetrators is now considered racist, although their presumably loving mothers bestowed the monikers on them.

John Daniszewski, AP’s Vice President for Standards, ignores the fact that crime stats are highest among minority perpetrators, since that doesn’t fit into the leftist perspective as it skews the news. He writes, “The names of suspects are generally not newsworthy beyond their local communities. We will not link from these stories to others that do name the person, and we will not move mug shots in these cases, since the accused would be identifiable by that photo as well. We also will stop publishing stories driven mainly by a particularly embarrassing mug shot, nor will we publish such mug shots solely because of the appearance of the accused.”

In a world inhabited by leftists even those calling themselves “journalists,“ charged with delivering the news, showing or naming the perpetrator is now racist or too embarrassing.

It’s worth considering if John Daniszewski would be so generous if either he, his wife or children were brutally victimized by those whose violent crimes he is intent on ignoring.


Chicago’s racist black lesbian mayor confirms her bigotry

May 21, 2021

When Chicago’s black Mayor Lori Lightfoot marked the two year anniversary of her election by announcing she would no longer give interviews to white journalists, the media clones went noticeably silent. How could those who have been pushing the fallacy of “institutionalized racism” balk if they were suddenly denied access to news based on their gene pool, over which they had no influence?

Their whiteness renders them incapable of writing honest reports or interviewing city leaders. Their lips are too thin to speak the truth, their hair too straight or light to give them brain power.

Students majoring in journalism at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Leftism, have already been warned if they are thinking of a career at the seriously declining Arizona Republic newspaper. Here’s the explanation of the diversity policy and the numbers that they are striving for from Greg Burton, executive editor. Notice their goals have nothing to do with honest coverage or dropping its biased skew:

“Our goal is to match a community that is 44% people of color. We’re not there yet, but we’re making progress, and doing so while hiring the most skilled and promising journalists on the job market

In 2016, journalists of color made up 20% of The Republic’s staff. Next month, they’ll be 37% of the staff, up from 34% just nine months ago. Among managers, that number is 39%, up from 28% last August.”

According to Statista tracking, in 2020 only 29% of Americans “trust the news media most of the time.” It’s a good bet the numbers have plummeted from that low point.

National Review reports that Lightfoot used these words to describe the reporters she is now banishing: “Many of them are smart and hard-working, savvy and skilled. But mostly white, nonetheless.”

The National Association of Black Journalists calls her policy a “bold move,” while engaging in slick doublespeak.

Imagine if a white mayor used those same words to describe black or brown reporters. The cries of “racism” would reverberate throughout every niche of the city and far behind.

As Lightfoot urged the city’s media leadership to evolve and diversify, Gregory Pratt, a Latino reporter for the Chicago Tribune covering City Hall responded to the new policy by pulling out of an interview he had been granted with Lightfoot.

“I asked the mayor’s office to lift its condition on others and when they said no, we respectfully canceled,” he wrote in a tweet. “Politicians don’t get to choose who covers them.”

At last, some sanity.


GoDaddy eerily morphs into Big Brother

January 13, 2021

The Federalist reports AR15.com, the largest gun forum in the world, was deplatformed on Monday by web hosting company GoDaddy without explanation. When asked by The Federalist about the decision to remove AR15.com, GoDaddy later claimed that the site “both promotes and encourages violence,” but did not offer any specific examples. Instead, they gave AR15.com 24 hours to relocate its business.

The decision by Scottsdale-based GoDaddy follows a series of bans and contract terminations by big tech companies such as Amazon, Google, Apple, Twitter, and Facebook targeting conservatives and supporters of President Donald Trump.

Big Brother was described in George Orwell’s eerily prophetic novel, “1984,” illustrating the consequences of individuals actions and intentions being monitored by the government as a means of controlling and suppressing the will of the populace. The Orwell analogy becomes more fitting as political conservative are further repressed as emboldened leftists gain control, bringing to mind the post-World War II confessional prose by German Lutheran pastor Martin Niemoller:

“First they came . . .”

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out…

Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out…

Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out…

Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me…and there was no one left to speak for me.


Left’s crackdown on civil liberties didn’t take long

January 9, 2021

The erosion of liberty and free speech under dictatorial democrats should strike fear in the hearts of all Americans

On Friday the big tech companies decided free speech was no longer an American right as Twitter permanently suspended the account of President Donald Trump — a direct slap in the face of the more than 74 million people who voted for him. NBC refers to us as “dejected and paranoid.”

Google has removed Parler from its App stores. Parler is the free speech Twitter alternative gaining a league of conservative users. Apple is also threatening to drop Parler unless the social media platform conforms to Big Tech’s authoritarian censorship practices. Watch Parler CEO John Matze’s response, carried on CNS News.

And if those instances aren’t enough to signal to Americans the degradations of freedoms under the incoming Harris/Biden administration, CNN is said to be working to take Fox News off the air on the pretense the network is directly responsible for the recent siege on the U. S. Capitol after black-clad Antifa thugs infiltrated the massive assemblage of Trump supporters.

Enjoy your weekend, even under the COVID restrictions. Looking back, they’ll seem like a piece of cake compared to the notorious days when the democrats dominated.

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Radical Virginia Gov., AG cancel gun shows

November 20, 2020

Virginia dems bow to anti-Second Amendment gun restrictions that were fundamental to the Harris/Biden campaign

The state of Virginia stands as a testament to decay. The Declaration of Independence was written by Thomas Jefferson, a brilliant Virginian who served as third President of the United States from 1801 to 1809. He was responsible for doubling the size of the United States by successfully brokering the Louisiana Purchase, land previously owned by France. He also founded the University of Virginia.

Virginia patriots served in the Continental Army and fought against Great Britain, eventually leading to the British surrender at Yorktown, Virginia.

The Second Amendment, ensuring the right to bear arms, was ratified in 1791. Virginia is one of 44 states that have the right to “bear arms” embedded in their own constitutions. Virginia’s law reads much like the U.S. Constitution.

Fast forward to 2020, where freedom takes a sharp left turn. Virginia’s democrat governor and attorney general have cancelled ‘The Nation’s Gun Show,’ scheduled for this weekend, November 20, 21 & 22 at the Dulles Expo Center. Read the notice here. The event was expected to draw 25,000 people who intended to exercise not only their First Amendment rights to assemble freely, but also their Second Amendment rights.

Attorney General Mark Herring is a gun restrictionist who repeatedly refers to constitutional firearms proponents as “the gun lobby,” as seen in this earlier press release.

Gov. Ralph Northam, another democrat, was able to get seven of his gun control bills passed in the Virginia House of Delegates as reported by Breitbart News.

Northam, who opposes the death penalty for the most vicious criminals, can’t pretend his opposition to the Second Amendment is to save lives. As SRAZ previously pointed out, Northam, a onetime medical doctor who specialized in pediatric neurology, condones abortions up until birth, more correctly described as infanticide.

Hypocrisy has its home in the democrat party.

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St. Louis homeowners defending property charged with felonies

July 21, 2020

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson says he will pardon the couple

On Sunday evening June 28, several hundred Black Lives Matter protesters broke down the barrier to a private residential street in a St. Louis suburb. Attorneys Mark and Patricia McCloskey heard a commotion and saw a large crowd break down their private iron gate, congregating in their yard.

As they watched the demonstrators advancing through their property toward their home, the McCloskey’s grabbed their firearms and headed outside to confront them. Rioters copying other anarchists across the nation are using the death of newly martyred, multi-incarceration criminal George Floyd, to destroy swaths of St. Louis, burning buildings and looting stores.

Mark McCloskey, 63, said he was afraid that his home was going to suffer a similar fate, and felt he needed to act to protect his family and property. He said the protesters were coming toward his house and didn’t stop until he displayed his AR-15, and his wife pulled out her pistol. McCloskey said both safeties were engaged on their guns. The rifle was later seized by police during a search.

“I’m not the face of anything opposing the Black Lives Matter movement,” McCloskey said. “I was a person scared for my life, who was protecting my wife, my home, my hearth, my livelihood. I was a victim of a mob that came through the gate. I didn’t care what color they were, I didn’t care what their motivation was. I was frightened, I was assaulted, and I was in imminent fear that they would run me over, kill me, burn my house.”

The couple was not the only ones with firearms. The marchers brandished at least two pistols. The protesters with the guns told them they “were next” as the McCloskey’s demanded that they leave their property. Police did not respond to the couple’s calls for help, nor did the property’s private security. The couple felt they were on their own. The protesters even threatened to kill the couple’s dog.

St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner’s office has filed felony charges against the couple. Gardner, a radical leftist whose campaign was funded by Socialist billionaire George Soros, is an admitted supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement. She’s been critical of police and has excused the rioting and looting in St. Louis as a reaction to police brutality, though prosecuting fewer than 25% of crimes presented to her office by police. She promised swift action against the McCloskey’s.  Jim Hoft of Gateway Pundit previously exposed the Gardner/Soros connection.

Monday evening Missouri Gov. Mike Parson told Sean Hannity that “without a doubt,” he will pardon Mark and Patricia McCloskey, hours after Kimberly Gardner filed felony charges against them.

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt said he will seek dismissal of the charges, calling them a case of “political prosecution.”

In an earlier statement Gardner said, “Make no mistake: we will not tolerate the use of force against those exercising their First Amendment rights and will use the full power of Missouri law to hold people accountable.”

She’s mysteriously mute about those exercising their Second Amendment rights. Missouri is a castle doctrine state. A homeowner does not have the duty to retreat when threatened.


The era of destruction guns for movie icon

July 14, 2020

The perpetually inflamed left isn’t content to oversee the defacing and toppling of statues of Christopher Columbus, Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses Grant off their pedestals. They were just getting revved up. Now they’re coming for Marion Morrison. Marion was a movie star, but if you’re envisioning a platinum haired hot babe in a strapless gown, you’d be disappointed. 

Marion was definitely a cinematic icon, but was nicknamed “Duke” and was known on screen as John Wayne. He personified the wild west in countless movies. A proud Republican, Wayne, who died in 1970, was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1980, by Democrat President Jimmy Carter and in 1998 he received the Naval Heritage Award by the US Navy Memorial Foundation for his support of the Navy and military during his film career. In 1999, the American Film Institute honored the Oscar-winning Wayne as among the Greatest Male Screen Legends of Classic Hollywood cinema. There are schools, ongoing events, a 100-mile trail named the “John Wayne Pioneer Trail” in Washington’s Iron Horse State Park, a marina and major roadways that carry his name to this day. A larger than life-size bronze statue of Wayne atop a horse was erected at the corner of La Cienega Boulevard and Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills commissioned by a bank. John Wayne International Airport in Orange County, California, has a nine-foot bronze statue of him at the entrance.

Now decades after his death, the University of Southern California will no longer honor John Wayne, who attended pre-law classes and played football there before embarking on his film career.

As New American writes:

The memory of the Oscar-winning star must be erased, the school says, because Wayne uttered now-unacceptable sentiments in an interview with Playboy magazine nearly 50 years ago.

 The result is the Wayne exhibit at the university’s cinema school will be removed.

The Hate-Wayne movement began last year when the interview popped on Twitter, and has gained steam since the death of George Floyd, which in turn prompted leftists in Orange County to launch a drive to remove his name and statue from the county’s airport.

This announcement came from Evan Hughes, Interim Assistant Dean of Diversity and Inclusion for the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

Have no doubt Janet Napolitano had a hand in this. The extreme leftist former Arizona governor, who left her post midterm to join the Obama administration, is the president of the University of California system, overseeing all 10 campuses. This will be her coup de grâce before she steps down in two weeks.

In the city of Maricopa, Arizona, part of Arizona State Route 347 is named John Wayne Parkway, which runs through the center of town. There is now an effort to rename that stretch of road.

A  multi-day event of the John Wayne Cancer Foundation benefiting the American Cancer Society takes place each fall in Casa Grande, Arizona where John Wayne owned a ranch. The disease took Wayne’s life.

As to allegations of John Wayne’s racism, the fact that the three-time married Wayne’s wives were all of Mexican heritage lays that to rest. He was the father of seven children.


Devious Zuckerberg links “hate speech,” false voter suppression claims

June 29, 2020

First Amendment free speech protections under attack

Banning hate speech, whether real or imagined, is morphing onto a mighty venture. To no one’s surprise the Democrat desire for universal mail-in ballots — opposition to which they call “voter suppression” — has found its way into the mix.

Coca-Cola, Dockers, Hershey’s and Levi’s announced on Friday they will be “pausing” or cut advertising budgets on all social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram globally. This is the updating list of advertisers who have jumped on-board the far-left #StopHateForProfit.

And wouldn’t you know? The impetus for the campaign was the death of the now martyred, career criminal George Floyd. In his name, businesses have been looted and torched, police have had cinder blocks thrown at their heads, their vehicles set on fire, their departments defunded, historic national monuments have been ripped down, and city blocks have been taken over by anarchists as chaos reigns.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg now disingenuously claims that under its new policies, “Facebook will ban ads that claim people from a specific race, ethnicity, nationality, caste, gender, sexual orientation or immigration origin are a threat to the physical safety or health of anyone else.” He’s been mysteriously silent as hordes of vandals have run amok.

GOP politicians and conservatives have flocked to the social media app Parler, founded in 2018, protesting Twitter’s  biased censorship and unwarranted suppression of Pres. Trump‘s messaging. Zuckerberg went on record with this quote:

“I am committed to making sure Facebook remains a place where people can use their voice to discuss important issues. But I also stand against hate or anything that incites violence or suppresses voting, and we’re committed to removing that content too, no matter where it comes from.”

“Suppresses voting?” Count on devious Zuckerberg to pull out the reliable leftist canard as he routinely suppresses content he defines as hateful. At 36, he has amassed an estimated $88 billion and is willing to spend it. Be assured, it won’t be for candidates or causes conservatives support.


AZ ACLU advises students on reciting Pledge of Allegiance

December 4, 2019

Though reciting the Pledge of Allegiance is a bridge too far for leftist ACLU, Republican Gov. Ducey is supportive, reported to have expressed surprise that grade school students no longer begin their mornings with the pledge

As difficult as it is to fathom, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Arizona has a 25-page manual for public school students, titled,Know Your Rights,” urging them “Don’t just know your rights…fight for them!” The advice includes:

 “Act Now! Get a copy of your school’s Code of Student Conduct. Learn from this booklet what rights you have, and ensure those rights are protected by the school. Don’t wait until your rights are violated to speak up.”

“Document and Organize! If you feel your rights have been violated, write a statement with details of the incident, including: who, what, when and where. Get witness statements…” seemingly preparing them for a lawsuit.

Page five addresses the question: “Do we have to say the Pledge of Allegiance?”

The ACLU’s answer is “No. The courts say that students have the right to sit silently during the flag salute and Pledge of Allegiance. As long as you do not disrupt the pledge, you may refuse to participate.”

According to the ACLU, needing a parent’s permission to opt out, could have a “chilling effect on students’ free speech.” Seriously.

The pledge, long regarded as a symbol of patriotism, has reached red flag urgency status due to a bill currently in the state legislature, allowing for the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance at the start of each day — apparently now regarded as an outrageous assault on the tender psyches of Arizona children. Not only does it support allegiance to the United States of America, but it contains the two words, “under God,” that are anathema to the ACLU.  HB 2017, a simple one-page bill sponsored by Rep. John Fillmore (R-LD16) allows for “quiet reflection” in lieu of the recitation.

In 1954 Congress added the words “under God” at the request of President Eisenhower. The thirty-one words now creating a commotion are, “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

Count on this…Quiet reflection will still be considered an affront.


Campus mobs hijack free speech, stifle 1st Amendment

October 27, 2019

In light of increasing student disruptions while invited expert speakers attempt to discuss pertinent issues, Jonathan Butcher, a Senior Fellow at the Goldwater Institute, addresses the issue of demonstrators intent on canceling events by shouting down an invited guest and how school administrators should deal with those who apply the “heckler’s veto.” He writes, “School leaders must explain that this behavior is unacceptable before the events take place. Incorporating discussions about the importance of free speech into freshman orientation and adding the school’s commitment to free inquiry to student handbooks.”

The fact that this lack of respect for the First Amendment rights to which Americans are constitutionally entitled takes place on university campuses should strike fear in the hearts of us all — regardless of our political bent.

Recent incidents where mob rule has taken place include the University of Pennsylvania, which shut down an event Wednesday on immigrant detention and deportation after student protesters demonstrated against retired ICE Director Tom Homan’s appearance on the panel.

Georgetown University law school — of all places — was recently the site of another such disruption. Butcher’s opinion piece, “Free speech jeopardized on college campuses,” printed this past week in The Detroit News is definitely worth reading.

This student derision for opinions other than their own has escalated. In December 2009, SRAZ posted,How liberals at ASU honor the First Amendment and treat guests,” which includes a video of then-Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, an invited guest, being heckled off the stage at a forum at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism.

If budding journalists and law students, who should be more aware of our enshrined freedoms than most, hold the First Amendment in contempt, what hope is there for our nation’s future?

This abhorrent trend is the direct result of leftist educrats propagandizing on the hot button issues of man-caused (rather than cyclical) climate change, recycling, identity politics, pushing gender-neutral pronouns and transgenderism, while giving short shrift to imperative studies encompassing American History, the history Western Civilization and our enviable U.S. Constitution, that provides freedoms others can only dream of attaining.