Long-time Arizona Capitol Times editor, Karen Fullenwider, made an abrupt exit from the paper this week. Word is staffers are disgruntled because the new ownership, Dolan Media, seems to prize party giving over journalism.
Case in point: The Cap Times is hosting its first Leaders of the Year in Public Policy lunch Sept. 26 at the Phoenix Convention enter. Honors go to those who are “making Arizona a better place to live.”
Gov. Napolitano will give the keynote.
Staffers were asked to stuff invitation envelopes, call officials to encourage attendance and deliver flowers or balloons to the honorees.
Blogs in recent weeks have speculated that the paper and its other publications, like The Yellow Sheet Report, have made a turn to the left since Dolan took over the company. Dead wrong. The management has no direction whatsoever.
It apparently does know the way to Party City.
As we go to “post,” we receive this note from former editor, Karen Fullenwider:
These awards being given Weds are a sham. Ginger Lamb said they were picked by the Capitol Times Editorial Board — this board does not exist. People we nominated by various individuals, namely their subordinates. The “editorial board” (me and a couple of managers were coerced into service) were asked to rate the nominees on a scale from 1-5. Then Ginger and a lobbyist just picked who they thought should win. They also changed the categories. For example, Rebekah Friend was nominated in the “law” category but was moved to Legislative for some pc reason.
It’s like high school — worse in fact.
I told Ginger I came to the Capitol Times to be a journalist; I will leave for the same reason. Glad I am out.
- Karen Fullenwider