AZ Republic reporters lack basic communication skills

October 20, 2019

Another horrific water related incident involving a young valley child occurred Saturday evening. The brief report was submitted by Molly Duerig, identified as a “master’s student at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at ASU.”

The four-sentence report contained this convoluted line: “The child was taken to a hospital, and their condition is still unknown, according to the Mesa Fire Department.”

Using the pronoun “their” to identify a single child, Molly the master student intern, was unable to master the simple pronoun antecedent agreement.

How many errors does the newspaper think the few remaining subscribers are willing to tolerate as they overpay for vicious, leftward skewed news in which President Trump is routinely reviled? (Read the small print “disclosures” regarding the actual rates.)

The failing, Hillary-endorsing, McCain worshiping, Arizona Republic prints a list of dozens of “Corrections and Clarifications,” that any reasonable person would rightly consider excessive.

Corrections refer to errors to which the newspaper has been alerted. Those in charge of errors conveniently include an email address and phone number along with the advisory to, “Please indicate whether you’re responding to content online or in the newspaper.” This message is necessary since both means of delivery are error plagued.

Clarifications refer to unclear messaging requiring interpretation. Know this: just like the rest of the content, it will be biased.

In the days before cutbacks, buyouts and mass layoffs, when journalists and beat reporters were doing the job, they were aided by alert editors — who have also been axed. Even the Pulitzer Prize winning, Trump-hating political cartoonist was given the boot after nearly 4 decades with the newspaper, as part of a staff reduction by former parent company Gannett Co., Inc.

Today, inept ASU Cronkite J School student interns doing the work for a byline instead of a living wage, remain oblivious to the fact that they are training for a obsolete job. They might not know better, but their tuition-paying parents should.

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Terrified AZ Republic reporters vote to unionize

October 13, 2019

Coverage will remain biased and anti-conservative

In an effort to preserve their job security, reporters who have survived the firings and cutbacks at the increasingly feeble, Hillary-endorsing Arizona Republic have voted in favor of unionizing.

The 64-30 secret ballot vote, conducted under the supervision of the National Labor Relations Board indicates a desperate last ditch effort at self preservation.

The newspaper was recently purchased by GateHouse Media in a takeover of Gannett, the parent company of the Arizona Republic, USA Today and owner of more than a hundred other media outlets. The merger is expected to be finalized by the end of November. GateHouse has been ramping up its interest in cutting back on news operations. As part of the mega-merger, GateHouse has told federal regulators that it plans to cut as much as $300 million a year from this combined company.

Those words sounds like the death knell ringing for employees, which explains the new effort to unionize.

Ken Doctor writing for Newsonomics headlines his commentary, with the unwieldy but honest warning: “The Gannett-GateHouse merger is really happening, and expect to see more than 10% of jobs cut off the top.”

The anorexic Arizona Republic has been functioning with ASU Cronkite Journalism School student interns taking on the duties of ousted veteran reporters. Working from their cars and lacking editors, they continue the leftist slant which has resulted in massive losses of subscribers, as we noted last month inReasons AZ Republic continues hemorrhaging subscribers.”  We pointed out the deliberate mischaracterization of issues as the hallmark of what has been correctly identified as fake news.

October 13, 2019’s edition is a case in point. In an article titled, “Conservative publication editor misleads,” an intern takes on Daniel Horowitz, senior editor of Conservative Review. The intern repeatedly uses variations of the term “undocumented immigrant” to challenge Horowitz’ accurate assertion thatGov. Doug Ducey applauded a reduced state college tuition rate for illegal immigrants.” The intern’s rating? “No stars…misleading.” Chief among her complaints is that children born to illegals residing in the U.S. are not illegal. To bolster her charge, she cites what noted legal analysts view as a misinterpretation of the 14th Amendment.

The actual distortions are given a voice in the Arizona Republic each and every day. The interns have been schooled in Leftism and are carrying on the tradition of those who were axed…until they find their own heads on the chopping block.


Forbes list of billionaires features 7 Arizonans

October 8, 2019

America: The land of opportunity

The Forbes 400 is known as the definitive list of wealth in America, profiling and ranking the nation’s billionaires by their estimated net worth. The 2019 ratings show people of every ethnicity and background have risen to the top due to diligence, hard work and the resolve to succeed. Contrary to what you would be led to believe if you rely on the local press for information, of Arizona’s 7 billionaires 3 are Hispanic. (Scroll down on this link and click on “state.”)

New to the list this year is 37-year-old Ernest Garcia III, the co-founder of used-car e-commerce site Carvana. In 2012, he had the idea to sell cars online, but his boss — his father, Ernest II — had his doubts. “I wasn’t sure people would buy a used car online without seeing it,” Ernie II says. According to Forbes, the Garcia’s were already motor moguls, owners of used-car dealerships from Atlanta to Albuquerque.

Ernie III was able to persuade his father, and today Carvana is a publicly traded, nearly $2 billion-in-sales business. The stock has more than doubled since January. Ernie III is president, CEO and chairman; his father is the largest shareholder.

Tucson native, Arturo Moreno, a former billboard industry executive, owns the Los Angeles Angels. Moreno, the oldest of 11 children born to Mexican parents who settled in Tucson, got his start working for outdoor advertising business mogul Karl Eller, who later merged his business with KTAR radio and television in 1968 to form Combined Communications, Inc. Moreno is a Vietnam vet and University of Arizona alum with a degree in marketing.

America’s Richest Self-Made Women is another interesting list to explore.

Capitalism, reviled by the Socialist-leaning Democrat presidential candidates, is responsible for leveling the playing field, and providing opportunity for those with relentless determination to succeed. 


Jeff Flake morphs into rabid Trump-hating preacher

October 1, 2019

Religion of the absurd with a flaky fraud in the pulpit

Jeff Flake, whose political career crashed and burned on the pyre of his visceral Trump hatred, is now urging other congressional Republicans to abandon President Trump. Flake’s latest egocentric tantrum includes a haughty morality spin telling elected Republicans they have a moral obligation to put their principles first — even if it means risking their careers. Flake is unable to accept the fact that the president enjoys a broad base of support.

Taking his sore-loser message to the extreme leftist Washington Post (subscription required), he was, of course, given op-ed space. Flaunting a Republican, even a fraudulent one unable to draw a crowd, exudes a sophisticated panache:

 “My fellow Republicans, it is time to risk your careers in favor of your principles. Whether you believe the president deserves impeachment, you know he does not deserve reelection,” wrote Flake. “Our country will have more presidents. But principles, well, we get just one crack at those. For those who want to put America first, it is critically important at this moment in the life of our country that we all, here and now, do just that.”

“Trust me when I say that you can go elsewhere for a job. But you cannot go elsewhere for a soul.”

Narcissist Flake shown here in 2011, retired after a single senate term when he embarrassingly garnered a mere 18% approval rating in his home state. Even his relatives in the town of Snowflake, where he was born and raised, and named in part for a paternal ancestor, are identified as saying, Flake’s name is mud.” The scheming Flake who earlier in his career lobbied as a registered foreign agent in D.C. on behalf of an African uranium mining company with ties to Iran, was hired by CBS as a “contributor” in January.

Flake’s so-called principles have always been to the almighty dollar, peddling uranium and keeping the border open for his contractor cronies, desirous of cheap labor. He’s been rewarded with a well-paid seat as a board member by Arizona home builder Taylor Morrison, whose Chairman and CEO Sheryl Palmer, lavished praise on the noted word thief.

In 2016 Flake and his mentor John McCain both publicly stated neither they nor their families would vote for Donald Trump. President Trump obviously didn’t need them then. He won’t need Flake in 2020.


Heroin poppy purge provides sob story for illegals

September 29, 2019

Misplaced sympathy: Actual victims are Americans not Guatemalans

If you thought the Hillary-endorsing, Trump-hating Arizona Republic was loathsome in its previous incarnation, its recent acquisition by GateHouse puts an even more outrageous spin on the news. 

A front page report headed THE MIGRANTS, sits atop the emboldened headline, “Poppies cultivated for heroin fuel crisis.” Below that is the tearjerker line: “Guatemalan farmers fled to U.S. after crops were razed.” This twist puts to rest the illegal invaders claims of seeking fear-based asylum. What they want is economic security in the country they were more than willing to flood with heroin.

Readers are then introduced to Carlos. He previously farmed potatoes, oats and corn, before finding a much more lucrative and prettier crop of bright red poppies he and others like him were happy to cultivate for their milky fluid used to make heroin. Carlos says he and his friends were persuaded to replace their vegetable crops with what he was told would produce medicine.

Sure thing, Carlos.

If you thought the bad guys are the willing farmers, often engaging in violent battles to ensure enough water for their deadly but highly profitable crops — via their complicity in flooding American cities with heroin — you‘d be dead wrong. The ogre in the tale of woe is none other than the United States. Our government has “pressured” Guatemala to eradicate the profitable poppy fields, throwing Carlos and his complicit compatriots back into growing vegetables.

Carlos admits the loss of revenue from growing poppies was the main reason he decided to leave and join the massive influx of Guatemalans invading the U.S.  “They took away the poppy. These potatoes are hardly worth anything.”

He says he heard that as long as parents showed up for their court hearings, they could stay in the U.S. and work while their kids went to public school free. Guatemala, which only requires a sixth grade education, imposes fees for any schooling past that grade level.

These staggering numbers are directly from U.S. Customs and Border Protection. They include 72,873 unaccompanied minors who were apprehended by Border Patrol through August.

During the same time period, Border Patrol apprehended 457,871 illegal invaders arriving as “family units,” a claim which DNA oral swabs frequently expose as untrue. Many of the children used to gain entry by non-related adults are trafficked or purchased. Many are sexually exploited. They are a factor contributing to a 406% increase from the previous year. Of those, nearly 40% — more than from any other single country — came from Guatemala.

These are just a few harsh facts you won’t read in the rag.


Arizona Republic imposes NEW WORD ORDER

September 27, 2019

“Progressive” new favored terminology, President Trump loses title

Conservative talk show host and best-selling author Dennis Prager is a man with the unique ability to make others think. He also possesses the talent to change minds, as he does with this instructive Prager U 5-minute video,* Left or Liberal?

We were drawn to this subject after noticing an interesting phenomena taking place in the…ahem…dare we say it?….radically leftist Arizona Republic newspaper.

A couple of headlines zero in on the new usage of the word “progressive.” It stands out starkly, minus “Flo” hawking insurance. Its erratic usages make unclear if it’s meant as a pejorative or compliment:

Progressive groups to spend $50M in Sun Belt

Could Arizona progressives hurt chances of Democrats in 2020 races?

The newly purchased Hillary-endorsing newspaper, rife with ASU J school student interns replacing fired reporters, is nothing more than a sickly, anorexic version of its long-gone former self when it was owned by conservatives Eugene and Nina Pulliam and employed actual journalists. Space is obviously an issue. Yet the 11-letter word “progressive,” not previously seen in articles, and never elevated to headline stature where brevity is an imperative — is getting a workout. “Democrat” is three letters shorter. Descriptive “Leftist,” only 7-letters and the preferred choice of SRAZ, is crisp and precise.

Democrat Steve Farley, a former state legislator who ran for Tucson mayor and lost, grouses in an opinion piece that he “was the victim of a  tidal wave of cash spent by progressive Democratic organizations to defeat — and in some cases smear — a Democratic candidate who has served Tucson honorably for 12 years in the state Legislature. That candidate was me.”

There’s that pesky word “progressive” again. Its gestation period is shorter than that of a hamster. And, as we’ve seen, it gives birth to new young progressives in a blink of an eye.

It’s not an issue of word economy. The same intentional word manipulation is found everyday with the word, “Trump” topping numerous negative reports about the president.  He is never accorded the abbreviation “Pres.” in headlines, which is shorter than his last name. Today’s edition has four such examples. Referring to President Trump in any way denoting honor would be a bridge too far for the virulent, unconcealed haters who work for the newspaper.

* Prager U videos are on a wide variety of topics, often featuring experts who share their wisdom in concise, easily digestible servings.


Dems’ Sinema ire can’t match GOP McCain revulsion

September 23, 2019

The local newspaper ran a lengthy front-page report titled, “Sinema avoids censure by state Dems.” The state party leaders, who met in Prescott on Saturday, apparently think Kyrsten Sinema isn’t sufficiently radical to suit them. The word “progressive” got quite a workout by left-wing reporter Yvonne Wingett Sanchez,  who used it five times in each of the five short opening paragraphs.

Progressive is the forward thinking term preferred by the left as they try to conceal their true extremist agenda, while trying to sound like Rough Rider Teddy Roosevelt charging in wearing a jaunty cavalry hat.

When Arizona Republicans had their fill of RINOcrat John McCain, he was censured by elected precinct committeemen in Maricopa County. The censure vote against McCain passed overwhelmingly — 1,150 in support with only 351 opposed. Read the complete Resolution to Censure John McCain, including a list of grievances. Other counties around the state held similar votes calling his unsavory alliances into question. Following many of Arizona‘s 15 counties, McCain was censured again 2 weeks later — most effectively and notably at the GOP mandatory statutory state meeting of elected state committeemen. He retaliated by enlisting his operatives to run an under-the-radar campaign to purge conservative elected committeemen. Jon Kyl had previously engaged in this internecine warfare.

Unlike the Dems, we put our money where our mouths are, censuring McCain for actions adverse to the party under whose banner he opportunistically opted to run.

Sinema‘s repositioning began in 2015 while in the U.S. House. She deviously reconstructed herself becoming a political chameleon as she ran for the U.S. Senate without ever using the word “Democrat” in her ads, and repeatedly saying, “she just wanted to get things done.”

Now, indicative of a short lived romance, the Democrat Party she embraced after losing previous elections as a Green Party candidate, is ready for Sinema to be “done“… coming after her with pitchforks.