We’re not big on boycotts so in a sense, this post is really a reflection of the free market’s response to a product in decline and out of synch with its customers.
It’s no big surprise that the Arizona Republic has been leaning to the left for over a decade so when it seems that it can’t get any worse, the Republic proves it can further underwhelm us. (Although in all fairness, we do appreciate Amanda Crawford’s recent plug.)
Sadly, it no longer even makes a halfhearted attempt at providing fair coverage of the news; its news articles sound like editorials and its editorials are monolithically liberal. While Republicans hold a majority in voter registration in Arizona and Maricopa County, one would wonder why the state’s largest news source would lean so far to the left. It does not represent its residents and the market is reflecting just that.
Since the birth of his blog, EspressoPundit.com, Greg Patterson has done a great job illustrating and documenting the bias exibited by the Republic. Recently, Red State Arizona noted how many of its reporters go on to work for Democrat partisan politicians.
On Monday, Paul Giblin wrote on his East Valley Tribune blogsite how reporters are increasingly moving into the political world from the world of journalism. After covering the Arizona Legislature, reporter Robbie Sherwood left the Republic to work for Rose & Allyn for a year before finally settling with the Harry Mitchell campaign.
We’ve all come to expect The Arizona Republic to promote a liberal agenda on top of its sometimes sloppy and irrelevant news. The people are voting with their dollars and its showing as subscriptions are dropped and people take their news reporting online – the classic free rider problem – for the Republic, that is.
So our question is this, “Why spend a dime when you can read it free online?”