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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Billionaire anti-Trump leftist targets AZ Sen. McSally

October 17, 2019

Arizona Sen. Martha McSally, a former two-term congresswoman, is in the crosshairs of the extremist big guns as she is once again being hit by volleys of negative ads. The recent barrage is produced by an anti-Trump, pro-impeachment group financed by multi-billionaire leftist Tom Steyer. McSally is one of several GOP senators in battleground states being pressured to break with President Trump.

Steyer made an initial ad buy of $3.1 million in TV and digital ads slamming Republican incumbents in key races.

The reliably left-leaning CNBC All-America Economic Survey recently released a poll that found 47 percent of respondents oppose impeachment, compared with 44 percent who approve. But 88 percent of surveyed Republicans, according to the same poll, oppose impeaching Trump. Americans understand all too well that Democrats are working double time attempting to nullify their 2016 vote.

 It’s McSally’s allegiance to President Trump and his unequivocal support of her candidacy that underscores her appeal to conservative, Trump-supporting Arizona voters.

Tom Steyer is not merely a leftist Democrat with exceedingly deep pockets, he is also a 2020 presidential candidate. Although he made his money as a hedge fund manager engaged in a capitalist based economy, his campaign is steeped in Socialist Bernie Sanders’ style rhetoric. 

Steyer wants to roll back President Trump’s tax cuts — which energized the economy by allowing Americans to spend more of their own money — but Steyer also wants to impose higher taxes on “the rich,” who already pay the largest share. The rich are not the enemy. They are the ones who took risks and worked long hours to get ahead. They are also job creators who enabled their employees to buy homes, cars, put food on the table and send their kids to college.

Radical Steyer and his like-thinker George Soros, who is funding Second Amendment restrictionist AZ Dem Senate candidate Mark Kelly aka “Mr. Gabby Giffords,” are the problem…not Sen. Martha McSally.


Warring, waffling Dems forced to face reality

October 16, 2019

Impeachment vote is off the table as members fear reprisals

Tuesday night‘s Democrat debate with 12 lackluster but combative candidates, was akin to watching an implosion. “The impeachment must go forward,” blasted Democrat presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren, who is also on record aligning with Socialist Bernie Sanders’ ‘Medicare for All’ scheme, which would shift all Americans onto a single-payer health care plan — where choices will be limited and costs will skyrocket.

Flailing Robert Francis O’Rourke, clearly focusing on the Hispanic vote, referred to President Trump as promoting “racism and hatred” in “communities like mine.” O’Rourke, who calls himself “Beto,” is from Texas. He and Pete Buttigieg favor “buying back” guns they didn’t sell to you.

Andrew Yang, who along with O’Rourke, supports decriminalizing opioids, including heroin, had the memorable takeaway “its not your fault” line, stating, “Drug addiction is not a personal failing, it’s a systemic government failing.”

Two weeks after suffering a heart attack, Sanders, 78, cut off one of the debate’s moderators as she tried to ask him about his health. “I’m healthy, I’m feeling great,” he said.

Former VP Joe Biden was in deflection mode, dipping and dodging questions relating to his son, Hunter, who, minus any related experience, served as a paid board member for a Ukrainian gas company, Burisma Holdings, at a time when his father was shepherding U.S. policy there in the Obama administration, including advocating for increased gas production. Hunter was being paid the tidy sum of $50,000 a month. He left that lucrative position when the unseemly connection was revealed. He recently resigned as a director and part owner of a Chinese investment company, where he was reportedly paid $1.5 billion.

Kamala Harris took a novel approach on the opioid epidemic saying she’d support jailing executives at pharmaceutical and insurance companies, who she blames for fueling the crisis. “They are nothing more than some high-level dope dealers.” No word as to what penalties she would impose on prescribing doctors.

Democrats have been so caught up in the ecstasy of impeaching President Donald Trump that the reason is irrelevant.  Anything from China collusion, which had no factual basis, to fake Ukrainian messaging, suits their purposes.  President Trump has already seen two of his nominees advance to the U.S. Supreme Court.  With Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in ill health at age 86, the Dems worst fear will be realized if President Trump gets a third appointment. That’s what is driving their urgency to evict him from the presidency.

Walking a political tightrope, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Tuesday she will not hold a vote to officially launch an impeachment inquiry into President Trump.

The decision came after House Democrats returned to D.C. following a two-week recess in their home districts. Their concern over a backlash is palpable, with 31 Democrats in districts where President Trump won in 2016 not wanting to move forward with an issue that could be their own undoing. Bluster and bravado ultimately collide with the real world.  The Arizona Republican Party’s Twitter account is a reliable source of information.


Trump bashed for not criticizing fake video fast enough

October 15, 2019

Truth has no place on network TV

Let’s get this straight: Someone makes a farcical video depicting President Trump viciously attacking his own real life media detractors, and he is being called upon to denounce it.  When he doesn’t do so soon or fervently enough to suit the left, he is reviled further. Keep in mind, he had not even seen the video, nor did he or his campaign have anything to do with its production.

Regardless, President Trump makes a reliable punching bag.

Typical of the skew, NBC’s leftist news anchor Lester Holt began the piling on declaring, “The White House is trying to distance the President from a disturbing video showing a likeness of him violently attacking his political opponents and the news media.”

The Hillary-supporting alphabet networks have been daily revilers of President Trump since he initially announced his candidacy, which they incorrectly deemed a “joke.” CNN has rejected his 30-second re-election campaign ad purchased by the campaign committee, saying it does not meet their standards…as if it had any.

This video features Dem disbelievers, who were unable to deal with this simple truth.


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.


NYC language police curtail 1st Amendment, issue hefty fines

October 12, 2019

“Illegal alien” verboten as left escalates its war on free speech

The Heritage Foundation reports New York City will now impose fines up to $250,000 — per offense — on Americans who use constitutionally precise language when describing invaders.

What have we devolved to when a major U.S. city censors and penalizes citizens for using the correct legal term,” illegal alien,” that has been used in both federal immigration law and numerous court decisions?

The NYC Commission on Human Rights has issued a preposterous 29-page manual imposing guidelines on speech as it relates to illegal aliens.

The opening sentence of the Heritage Foundation report warns, “The propaganda, surveillance, and censorship of Big Brother in George Orwell’s novel “1984” has now arrived in New York.”

 SRAZ used the same analogy in 2010, describing the government imposed theft of our rights in the post,Orwell’s 1984: Alive and well with journalistic word police.”

You can’t put four minutes of your time to better use than acquainting yourself with this alarming curtailment of our First Amendment freedoms.

We are on the brink of sacrificing our rights on the reckless altar of political correctness. If we don’t stand up to this expansive encroachment on our constitutional freedoms, our children and future generations will rightly despise us for sitting by idly while Leftist-driven annihilation overtook us.


AZ teachers deserve lumps of coal, not 20% pay hike

October 11, 2019

Students continue to fail basic AzMERIT tests; ADE’s solution? Change its name to AzM2!

AzMERIT is the educrats’ highly touted program that measures what should be proficiency in student ability to comprehend basic math and reading skills. The recently released scores illuminate the abysmal failures being turned out by Arizona public schools that continually ask for bond overrides and increased school spending.

The Arizona Department of Education appears to go to great lengths to derail active searches of overall scores and those of individual schools. Navigating the 37-page AzMERIT Reporting Guide requires more skills than renowned voyager Magellan likely possessed. We suggest you start here, but make no promises.

The bottom line is that Arizona students are doing even worse on tests than their previously low scores. More than half the students who took the tests failed — for the FIFTH year in a row!

This marks the first year high schools were given the ability to opt out of participating in this specific assessment, which no doubt thrilled the school administrators.

 Since school funding is based in part on student proficiency in basic skills, some schools are resorting to trickery to boost scores, giving those who earn a “B,” for example, a bright shiny “A,” if they were deemed “proficient.” These shortchanged students will be in for a rude awakening when they have to survive in the real world, where they will be expected to perform based on actual ability, a broad range of knowledge, creative thinking aptitudes and effective communication skills.

The Federalist reports schools now have social agendas that have nothing to do with education. Illinois, for example, recently passed a law requiring children as young as preschoolers to be taught LGBT history. Districts can only purchase textbooks that include positive contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals in their history curriculum.

NPR affiliate Illinois Public Radio labeled Christian and conservative opposition to this law while it was being considered as stemming from “hate groups.”

In 2018 Seeing Red AZ wrote, #REDS for ED: Union thugs demand more $ for less. It’s chock full of facts and worth your time to review.