AZ Republic’s skewed “viewpoints” expose bias

September 28, 2015

Newspaper makes no effort to provide balance

Sunday’s edition of the Arizona Republic is a classic, rife with examples of the leftward lurch that underscores the entire failing publication. For the untutored reader it would be easy to mistake the page topping headlines “Viewpoints Sunday” and “Opinions” as vehicles delivering a variety of vantage points. That is obviously not the case.

There’s the requisite piece of open borders blather from Linda Valdez, the resident amnesty doyenne.  An Our Turn article titled “Focus on the Future” is the joint effort of two notable educrats, Sybil Francis (wife of Arizona State University’s overpaid president Michael Crow) and Lattie Coor, who preceded Crow as ASU president. The duo seeks to exert liberal influence within the state’s educational structure and beyond.

The expected piece of Arpaio bashing is front and center. This one dripping with sarcasm aimed at the sheriff and his office. Letters to the editor? Most sound as though they were crafted by the ASU’s Cronkite journalism students who have risen to jobs for which they are unqualified, as seasoned staffers grab their retirement and run — before the dam finally breaks. 

Focusing on the Question of the Week, under AZ Talk, the skew is irrefutable.  The question, “If Trump wins the Republican primary can he win the White House? “ is answered by each of four selected respondents with the first word emboldened and preceding a short explanation. There are two “No” answers, one “Never” and one “Maybe“. Of the four only one is a registered Republican. Listed under their names are their jobs, presumably intended to convey credibility. Two are either former or current teachers, one is a sculptor’s assistant, and another is described as a “community enthusiast.” 

Phil Boas, son-in-law of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is the director of the Arizona Republic’s editorial pages. That means he oversees the constant barrage against his wife’s father and the grandfather of his kids. It’s a good bet he also has at least some authority over the type of questions asked and the selection of those who respond —  typically in lockstep — with the newspaper‘s bent. Conservatives should consider giving this guy a call and volunteering to provide their perspective on issues concerning us all. Phil Boas can be reached at 602-444-8292. No doubt he’d like to hear from you.

AZ’s 3 university prez, coach, net huge pay raises, bonuses

September 26, 2015

In this March 7. 2015 statement from the Arizona Board of Regents, we read, “Universities were dealt a big blow in the fiscal year 2016 budget with $100 million in cuts. Cuts to university budgets represent 63 percent of all hard cuts made in the name of balancing the state budget.”  But ABOR president Eileen Klein also notes, “Our governor challenged our state to think big.”

That “challenge” was obviously taken literally with the massive salary, benefits and 6-figure performance bonuses “for meeting goals,” being doled out to the presidents of Arizona State University (Michael Crow), University of Arizona (Ann Weaver Hart)  and Northern Arizona University (Rita Cheng). Cheng, the most recent hire, didn’t fare as well as her peers  — this year.

Crow took a $10,000 hit for falling short of the “benchmark” of bachelor degrees conferred. 

As they were distributing the big bucks Thursday, the regents generously threw in a $200,000 pay increase for ASU’s head football coach. Todd Graham’s annual salary now skyrockets to $3 million a year — excluding bonuses.

We recommend you read the facts and figures — printed in the daily newspaper — on an empty stomach.

Hillary sticks to liberal PP lie during Iowa interview

September 25, 2015

Des Moines Register interview: Hillary doesn’t deviate from repeating Planned Parenthood lie

National Review knows the truth. Two months ago the publication carried this article by Michelle Malkin which set the record straight on the false claim, even repeated by candidate Barack Obama in 2012, that Planned Parenthood  provides mammograms to “millions” of women. That would be quite a trick given the fact that the nation’s leading abortion provider has neither the equipment nor trained personnel to administer breast cancer screening exams. . 

We don’t provide those services whatsoever,” a staffer at Planned Parenthood of Arizona confessed during this video exposé. 

Malkin notes: Even the liberal Washington Post doled out a three (out of four) Pinocchio rating for the White House’s mammogram lies. “The problem here is that Planned Parenthood does not perform mammograms or even possess the necessary equipment to do so,” the paper’s resident fact-checker reported. 

Ladies, open your eyes and hearts. Watch the videos for yourselves. Get the facts. Unmask the lies. The cackling profiteers of Planned Parenthood don’t care about your breasts. They’re too busy putting price tags on the baby hearts, livers, lungs, and limbs swirling around in bloody pie plates, stacked in their “research” labs, subsidized with your tax dollars and sold to the highest bidders. For “preventative care,” of course.

Yet Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, during an interview with the Des Moines Register editorial board, defends the taxpayer funding of these abortion profiteers, saying, “I defend and continue to defend Planned Parenthood.”*

She continues by heaping lies upon lies: “500,000 you know, breast screening exams, a lot of other screening programs that are carried out,” Clinton claimed.

Hillary’s brazen dishonesty continued as she stated, “The Republicans have made it clear in recent years that they are not only opposed to abortion which they have been for quite some time, they’re increasingly opposed to family planning and contraception.”

Pro-life Susan B. Anthony List provides this Fact Sheet for an overview of  Planned Parenthood’s statistics. During fiscal year 2013-2014, Planned Parenthood received more than $528 million in taxpayer funding, or more than $1.4 million per day

The Center for Medical Progress, which released the Planned Parenthood exposés, is to be commended for bringing the macabre truths of this monstrous industry to light via these videos.

* H/T Eric Scheiner CNSNews senior video producer

Boehner stuns with resignation announcement

September 25, 2015

Conservatives will not be saddened by the news that Speaker of the House John Boehner is stepping down. The 13-term Ohio Republican has been ineffectual in his leadership role.

Most recently, his inability to stop the Iran deal from going through or defund Planned Parenthood has placed the often tearful Ohio congressman at odds with many in the Republican Party.  His unexpected announcement is not a retirement but a resignation.

The New York Times broke the news of the announcement that Boehner is stepping down at the end of October. This comes a day after he was successful in getting the pope to address congress, something he has strived to do for twenty years.

Gov. Scott Walker suspends campaign, raising question

September 21, 2015

Does the GOP electorate actually want an outsider in the White House, making the tough decisions in these uncertain times?

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has terminated his presidential campaign as his poll numbers continued to plummet from an 18%  lead in May.

The accomplished governor who successfully fought out-of-control unions, implemented conservative reforms, slashed Wisconsin’s unemployment rate to 4.6% and became the only governor in American history to survive a 2012 recall election — actually garnering more votes and a higher percentage than in his 2010 election — suspended his campaign today.

Republicans appear to prefer people with no government experience running the government during these precarious times. Dr. Ben Carson, Donald Trump and Carly Fiorina continue to generate enthusiasm and see their numbers surge.

Trickery escalates at the Arizona Republic

September 21, 2015

Using intentionally imprecise words, Arizona’s newspaper of record toils at trying to influence its increasingly diminished base of readers.

Standing as a stark example is Sunday’s front page headline, topping the final installment of an eight-part series — the sole intent of which is to defeat Maricopa County’s popular Sheriff Joe Arpaio. The headline?  “As Arpaio considers a 7th bid for office, some say it’s time to go.”  Got that?  “Some say.”

The objective of an eight-part series is to encompass two weekends, since the withered readership includes a larger segment of Sunday only subscribers. Between now and the 2016 election, count on the fact that the Daily Insult will quote itself repeatedly as it desperately attempts to exert influence. Of course, those glory days when citizen voters stood in line at polling places with the newspaper’s endorsement list in hand, have long since passed. Now it’s far more likely that an endorsement will be the kiss of death for candidates and issues.

The left-wing, pro-amnesty-for-illegals newspaper which we often refer to as The Periódico de la República de Arizona, never lets facts get in the way of agenda. Its Open Borders Queen, Linda Valdez, takes up three-quarters of the editorial page with, ”10 immigration myths debunked.” In fact, she “debunked” nothing. But truth holds no relevance when it comes to opinion pieces passing themselves off as factual. The left-weighted newspaper ceased having an op-ed page or featuring opposing columnists years ago.

In order to remove the onus from invading Hispanics coming across our nation’s southern border, the folks at the Daily Insult solicited a local lawyer to write a lengthy piece about his family’s generational roots in Arizona facilitated by his illegal Chinese grandfather. According to the saga, the grandfather moved easily between China and the United States, returning to his homeland to find a bride and then slipping her in with him on a return trip. The author concludes by chastising the use of the term “anchor baby,” lecturing on the hardships illegals endure as they sneak into the U.S. 

Republicese is a language unto itself. Reading it takes patience and definitely the assistance provided by a Primer. We cheerfully provide, “A Primer: How to decipher Republicese,” which includes a link to the ever-popular “Lingo.”  The language of Newspeak, AP’s revised acceptable words can be found in, “Winston Smith: Alive and well at Associated Press.”

Be aware, the invasion now employs even more fanciful jargon with the words “migrants, undocumented, refugees, asylum seekers” replacing the now politically incorrect “illegal aliens” —  a term we will continue to use.

Though this revealing post was written in 2013, it includes links going back to 2008. 

Carly Fiorina: A spiteful McRINO, not a victim

September 20, 2015

Donald Trump’s comment on Carly Fiorina’s appearance garnered widespread negative coverage. As she played the victim role to the hilt, Fiorina gave an award-winning performance.

But in the brutal world of presidential campaigns, nothing remains hidden for long. This video shows hypocritical Carly Fiorina making snide remarks about Sen. Barbara Boxer’s “so yesterday” hair style (4:00) during their 2010 senate race. Fiorina also used the opportunity to take potshots at Sean Hannitty. “You know how he is,” she tells an off-screen associate.

After watching the “victim” as a catty aggressor, read “The Conservative Case Against Carly Fiorina,” by John Hawkins. You’ll find an establishment-backed moderate with long ties to John McCain. Her newly burnished conservative label is merely campaign re-branding.

RedState’s Erick Erickson unmasked Carly Fiorina in 2010.

“From her praise of Jesse Jackson, to her playing the race and gender cards against Chuck DeVore, to her support for the Wall Street bailouts, to her qualified support for the Obama stimulus, to her past support for taxation of sales on the Internet, to her waffling on immigration, to her support for Sonia Sotomayor, to her Master’s thesis advocating greater federal control of local education, to her past support for weakening California’s Proposition 13, to her statement to the San Francisco Chronicle editorial board that Roe v. Wade is “a decided issue,” Carly Fiorina’s oft-repeated claim to be a “lifelong conservative” was only plausible in the universe of NRSC staffers who recruited her in the first place. She endorsed Federal funding of embryonic stem-cell research for “extra” embryos. She endorsed the California DREAM Act, which grants in-state tuition to illegal immigrants. She refused to endorse California’s Proposition 23, which suspends the job-killing AB 32 climate-change law….”

The closest Carly comes to conservatism is when she inadvertently opens a dictionary to the page where the word is listed.


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