AZ Republic’s embarrassing “new” news reporting

October 1, 2017

Would mature journalists refer to a little girl missing overnight as taking part in an “urban camping adventure”?

It took two top-notch Arizona Republic reporters to teach readers the latest techniques in delivering news.

Jason Pohl and Chris McCrory collaborated on an creatively written report about an 8-year-old Mesa girl who disappeared from school and was missing overnight.  In novella style, the time frame was described, “As day turned to night and night turned to morning.”  That’s gotta be unconcealed aiming for a Pulitzer.

As would be expected in such a terrifying state of circumstances, the resulting 17-hour search included over one hundred trained investigators and teams of volunteers.

Oddly, the reporters named the little girl, who it turns out, spent the night at an “improvised campsite in a grown-over area” near the school. She went prepared, the duo write, “packing a bottle of water and extra granola bars from her friend, who backed out of the “adventure at the last minute.”

According to the headline, the child was simply engaging in “urban camping.”

There are too many questions arising from this report to spend time itemizing. It’s enough to say the terminology is bizarre. Our hunch Pohl and McCrory might be students or recent grads from ASU’s J School proved to be correct.

This is what happens when seasoned reporters and editors are laid off or take early retirements when lucrative buy-outs are offered by the failing Hillary-endorsing newspaper desperate to sustain itself Current, not day-old  news is now instantly available in a wide variety of outlets. Newspapers are called Newsosaurs for a reason.

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McCain feigns shock over Trump’s deal with Dems

September 13, 2017

John McCain‘s blatant hypocrisy exceeds rational bounds

Claiming “I haven’t seen anything like it before,” John McCain, Arizona’s Senior Senator, (ASS) is bewildered by President Trump’s recent decision to strike a deal with Democrats. The jointly agreed upon legislative package added over $15 billion to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, extended the debt ceiling, and funded the federal government until December.

“Haven’t seen anything like it before,” McCain was recently quoted as saying. “I have no way of divining his motives. I’m a pretty intelligent guy, but I don’t understand this.”

This self-described “pretty intelligent guy,” who graduated at the bottom of his U.S. Naval Academy class, either doesn’t look in the mirror while shaving or has developed a severe case of amnesia. His entire congressional career has been spent colluding with Democrats on legislation abhorrent to grassroots Republicans.

McCain has craftily cultivated his maverick” persona to provide a flamboyant glibness to his deceit.

When President Trump responded to increasingly incendiary nuclear threats from North Korean madman Kim Jong Un, John McCain .wasted no time in issuing criticism, saying, “I take exception to the President’s comments because you’ve got to be sure that you can do what you say you’re going to do. In other words, the old walk softly but carry a big stick.” McCain joined Democrats who claimed Trump’s comments were “unhinged.”

That is until double-talking McCain issued his own threats, saying “Kim needs to know that if he acts in an aggressive fashion, the price will be extinction.”

Although Pat Buchanan’s commentary, “What McCain Means,” was written in 2008 during McCain’s failed presidential bid, the issues remain relevant. 


Miss America contestants vie to bash Pres. Trump

September 12, 2017

In case you missed it, Miss America 2018 was crowned Sunday night. But unlike pageants of the past where the high point of the evening was the portion where contestants strutted their stuff in spike heels and swim suits and the competition included mostly marginally talented, sweetly smiling young women who earnestly answered questions about their future plans to cure cancer or reach the moon, there is a new system at play.

Politics has entered the arena where a Miss Arizona, Vonda Kay Van Dyke, wooed the judges with her novel ventriloquist act, earning her the crown in 1965.

Now all the finalists are ventriloquists, mouthing the leftist political lines so in vogue at the schools they attend and with the Hollywood crowd in the films they watch. Who else to emulate but actress Gwyneth Paltrow who was at a loss for words as she hosted a DNC fundraiser at her home, and told the guest of honor President Obama: “You’re so handsome that I can’t speak properly.”

The politically loaded questions the Miss America contestants, who must be between the ages of 18 and 24, were asked were aimed at bashing President Trump. They dealt with dissecting the president’s response regarding the Charleston riots, and whether he was guilty or innocent of colluding with the Russians.

The winner, 23-year-old Cara Mund of North Dakota, also gave a winning answer to the question about whether President Trump should have backed out of the Paris Climate Agreement on “man made climate change” and whether the decision was good or bad. Without missing a beat and sounding as though she’d been coached by Al Gore, Mund said “it was bad, because climate change exists and the U.S. needs to be at the negotiating table.”

Bingo! 

The wrong answer for many of us was the right answer to gain the crown. And she didn’t even need a ventriloquist’s dummy. Cara Mund played both roles

These are the previous Miss America winners going back to the contest’s inception in 1921, when it was simply a beauty contest without blatant political overtures.


Donald cuts disastrous deal with “Chuck and Nancy”

September 8, 2017

Decision described by GOP leadership insider as a “total victory” for the Democrats

Why would a Republican President who has the benefit of Republican majorities in both the U.S. House and Senate feel the need to make a no-win deal with the most obstinate of liberal leadership?  President Donald Trump did just that on Wednesday as he ceded incalculable power to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

They are called ‘Minority Leaders’ because their party is not in control. That renders the duo the president chummily calls “Chuck and Nancy,” second stringers.

Unable to fully absorb the enormity of President Trump’s actions, SRAZ waited a day, then two,  to post about this needless collusion. The passage of time has done nothing to bring about any appreciable comprehension or lessen the ire created by the deal that put liberals at the helm of the ship of state that is commanded by a Republican president.

As a business entrepreneur Donald Trump was well known for saying he “loved the art of the deal.” In 1987 he co-authored a book titled,The Art of the Deal.” Now, 30 years later he sits in the Oval Office, put there by American citizens who were fed up with liberals in control. Yet in this budget and debt limit deal, President Trump not only gave the left the upper hand, he allowed them to set the stage for passage of the nightmarish D.RE.A.M. Act as they claim victory.

Gloating Pelosi and Schumer released this joint statement:

In the meeting, the President and Congressional leadership agreed to pass aid for Harvey, an extension of the debt limit, and a continuing resolution both to December 15, all together. Both sides have every intention of avoiding default in December and look forward to working together on the many issues before us. As Democratic leaders, we also made it clear that we strongly believe the DREAM Act must come to the floor and pass as soon as possible and we will not rest until we get this done.

Don’t blink. It’s becoming difficult to keep up. This is the nightmarish D.R.E.A.M. Act  alternately known as DACA.

An excellent analysis describing conservative bewilderment is provided by Conservative Review. Take a few minutes to read Chris Pandolfo’s Unforgivable: Donald Trump just made Chuck Schumer POTUS.


Fake News leaps front and center in AZ Republic report

August 30, 2017

Newspaper’s liberal, anti-Pres. Trump, Joe Arpaio agenda at work

The topic of fake news has been grabbing our attention since candidate, now President Donald Trump, made a point of exposing the chicanery. It’s a compelling issue, and when it emanates from the local newspaper, as it does with regularity, it‘s repugnant.  Although the Hillary-endorsing, pro-amnesty for illegal aliens Arizona Republic has been a leftwing tool for years, that was not always the case. Politics invading what passes for straight news reporting — once known as journalism and viewed as dependable — makes readers wary of anything they read within the increasingly slim pages.

A case in point, excerpted from the newspaper:

“More than 150 people rallied outside the Sandra Day O’Connor United States Courthouse Tuesday afternoon to protest President Donald Trump’s pardon of former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. The protest was mostly composed of current and former judges and lawyers — even a Republican former attorney general.”

To give a note of drama to this escapade, this fiction-like bit was added to the report:

“They gathered on the lawn at 4th Avenue and Washington Street, as temperatures climbed well above 100 degrees, huddling for shade under the slender trees planted there or beneath umbrellas they’d bought.”

Obviously leftwing lawyers “huddling for shade under slender trees” in the August midday heat, is intended to conjure up a poignant image, but falls far short.

The article names two participants and the ringleader of the protest. They all have one thing in common, a proclivity to lean left.  The lawyer/instigator of the group, William Hardin, is a registered Democrat. The identified appellate court judge is long retired Noel Fidel — another Democrat, appointed to the bench in 1986 by hard-left governor Bruce Babbitt. The “Republican former attorney general’ is none other than RINO show boater Grant Woods, who has threatened to leave the Republican Party but like a spoiled child seeking attention, he knows such a move would render him flaccid as an attraction. He revels in the attention he gets being able to display his liberalism, while cloaked as a Republican.

Woods is quoted stating, “Neither Trump nor Arpaio are true conservatives,” as if he‘d know a conservative if he met one. Woods added, Trump was incorrect in saying the former sheriff was well-liked in Arizona. “The sheriff was taken out of office by the voters,” he said. “He lost big. Bigly.”

What Woods neglects to mention as he creates words like a four-year-old, is that Sheriff Arpaio was defeated by Paul Penzone, thanks to the $millions of dollars funneled to his campaign by socialist billionaire George Soros who abhors sovereign national borders. During the last election cycle POLITICO reported that Soros was quietly attempting to overhaul the U.S. justice system. Penzone, best known for roughing up his ex-wife, was bought and paid for. Immediately after his election, he referred to illegal invaders as “guests.”

Additionally, what rational person would think it merely serendipitous that charges were brought against Sheriff Arpaio to coincide with his reelection bid? This was a well orchestrated, multifaceted effort to remove the popular sheriff who had been returned to office for 6-four year terms by the citizens of Maricopa County who appreciated him.

The only reason Grant Woods, McCain’s former chief of staff, rates any coverage is due to the fact that has learned he can generate attention by remaining a registered Republican while supporting Democrats. He was prominently displayed on Republicans for Janet, during Napolitano’s 2006 gubernatorial campaign and endorsed Democrats Terry Goddard and Felecia Rotellini for AZ Attorney General in two separate races. Leftist Harry Mitchell was Grant Wood’s pick for Congress. In 2016, he endorsed Hillary Clinton for President.

This is the man the fake news purveyor Arizona Republic identifies as “a Republican former attorney general.”


AZ Republic: All the news you need to know

August 14, 2017

Five sentences, 100 words say nothing

The tragedy of a man’s murder aside, what exactly was the point of this lack-of-news item in the Arizona Republic headlined “Man dead in apparent Phoenix homicide”?  The man in question “apparently” suffered a fatal gunshot wound in the “apparent” homicide. Additional details were “not immediately” available. It was also  “not immediately” clear whether anyone has been arrested. The victim’s name was not released.

A man was fatally shot Saturday morning in what the Phoenix Police Department is calling a homicide. 

Police responded at about 5 a.m. to the 10100 block of West Cordes Road to investigate the death of an adult male, who apparently suffered a fatal gunshot wound inside the home.

Investigators questioned residents throughout the morning Saturday, but additional details were not immediately available. 

It was not immediately clear whether anyone has been arrested in the shooting. Police have also not released the name of the victim.

Republic reporter Jason Pohl refers to himself as a public safety journalist, and lists breakfast among his interests. He “apparently” needs another bowl of Wheaties.


The curious case of black discrimination against conservative blacks

August 12, 2017

It would seem the National Museum of African-American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. would be among the least likely places for discrimination to flourish, but that assumption would be incorrect.

Larry Elder, writes a masterful column on the topic, in which he concludes the exclusion of exceptional men such as Clarence Thomas, Thomas Sowell and Walter Williams explains why “there’s no serious discussion in the black community about government dependency; school choice; the damage done by high taxes, excessive regulation and laws like minimum wage; and why blacks should rethink their allegiance to the Democratic Party.”

The Democrat Party (SRAZ’s preferred term) depends on robotic support from those who should know better by now. The lure of a free cell phone or the hope of a secure future without working for it are part of the conspiracy that, for decades has held too many minorities down.

Over fifty years ago, Democrat Pres. Lyndon Johnson’s “War on Poverty” ignited the decline by replacing fathers with welfare checks. Since then, taxpayers have spent more than $22 trillion fighting Johnson’s war. Pres. Ronald Reagan, who understood that the welfare state perpetuates itself by rewarding dependency, later said, “We declared war on poverty and poverty won.”

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and economists, distinguished professors, and gifted authors Dr. Thomas Sowelll and Dr. Walter Williams all came from the depths of poverty, but possessed great minds that led them to conservatism, and provided them the pathway to influence countless Americans of all ethnicities.

Until what we considered his inadvisable retirement in 2016 at age 86, the brilliant Thomas Sowell was Seeing Red AZ’s go-to columnist, as we frequently posted his articles under the heading, “Weekend Reading Guaranteed to Make You Smarter.”

Do yourself a favor and take time to read Larry Elder’s exposé:The Shameful Blackout of Thomas, Sowell and Williams.”