Clear example of media bias by Arizona Republic

A friend of mine who works with infants was reading the Valley and State section of the Republic on Saturday, and found an article about a babysitter who was sentenced to 3 consecutive life terms for killing 3 babies. Curiously, there was no mention of who was responsible for prosecuting the case and obtaining those sentences. My friend wanted to call the prosecutor responsible and thank them, but she had no idea whether to call the attorney general, the district prosecutor, city prosecutor, or county attorney. She said she frequently sees the attorney general in the newspapers, maybe once a week, announcing verdicts he’s won, so she was pretty sure it wasn’t the attorney general.
She looked through the rest of the section, and found two more significant sentences for terrible crimes that also omitted any mention of the prosecutor responsible. There was an article about a Missouri man who was sentenced to 2 lifetime sentences with no chance of parole for a racially motivated murder. A third article was about a man who had posed as a defense lawyer to scam people out of thousands of dollars (no that’s not a joke), who received 10 years in prison.

After calling around, she found out that all three cases were prosecuted by the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office. Riddle solved. The Arizona Republic is so biased they actually exclude any reference to Maricopa County Attorney Andrew P. Thomas or his office and prosecutors. After all, you can always expect fair and balanced news from the arm of the Democratic Party, the Arizona Republic.


Comments

  1. This post clearly details the problems we have with getting accurate news in Arizona. The Republic is allowing its biases to take it down for the ten count, but they would rather die than report without their leftward slant. No wonder online news is growing as newspapers decline.

  2. uh… under Arizona’s legal system most run-of-the-mill crime is prosecuted by the county attorney, particularly violent crime. The state AG only gets involved in the appellate portion of capital crimes, etc. The AG is primarily going after white collar crime, fraud, and some drug crimes. This isn’t a defense of the Republic, which is not defendable, but a clarification that most crimes are prosecuted by the County attorney, so it kind of goes without saying… Besides, the Republic is becoming so irrelevant it really doesn’t matter anymore.

  3. This is probably more about the ambivalence the Republic has in regard to actually providing information that it is about any bias towards Thomas. The new, easy reading, quick and out the door concept has diminished the “story in the story” in many cases.

  4. “This isn’t a defense of the Republic, which is not defendable, but a clarification that most crimes are prosecuted by the County attorney, so it kind of goes without saying…”

    Agreed. Who doesn’t know that the county attorney prosecutes these cases?

  5. “The new, easy reading, quick and out the door concept has diminished the “story in the story” in many cases. ”

    Sounds like Gannett is imposing its USA Today business model on the rest of its newspapers.

    I don’t read USA Today, either.

  6. Carlos Miller says

    Anybody who thinks the Arizona Republic is the arm of the democratic party is probably to the right of Hitler.

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