Lies by Yvonne Wingett

A m e r i c a n P o s t – G a z e t t e

Distributed by C O M M O N S E N S E , in Arizona

November 23, 2009

Another classic example of yellow journalism by Yvonne Wingett
Full of lies

As posted in Cactus Alliance:

Yvonne Wingett, the Arizona Republic hack reporter assigned to cover Maricopa County government, developed a pattern of playing fast and loose with the facts. In the absence of any real news, she makes up her own. Her close relationship with the County Supervisors, colors her coverage of all county affairs. She turns a blind eye to the Supervisors’ illegal acts and gives their attempts to take over other county agencies a free pass. She is complicit in assisting the Supervisors smear other county agencies and is often seen cozying up to the County PIO, Richard de Uriarte. Take the article she wrote in Saturday’s Arizona Republic about an audit of the County Treasurer’s Office, entitled “Audit Cites Treasurer’s Office Slip-ups.” Did she even bother to read it first? (Read her reporting here)

The Supervisors ordered an audit of the County Treasurer’s Office for no reason other than to harass the office, which had not been acceding to its demands. Wingett ignores the overall positive report, and instead accuses the office of mishandling procurement and the hiring of contractors. She asserts that “the office failed to follow county procurement policies on tens of thousands of dollars of contracts.” This sounds terrible, but in reality, it involved two contracts for computer services. One of them was arranged by the County’s OET division, not the Treasurer’s Office. So the County Supervisors should have been dinged for failing to follow procurement policies, not the Treasurer’s Office.As for Wingett’s other accusation, she says the office did not properly formalize agreements before hiring two contract employees. She left out the fact that both the hiring and the payments took place during the prior administration. The exact quote from the report on the issue is,

“The payments to Help Desk Technology and Teri Johnson occurred before November 13, 2007 and were authorized by the previous Treasurer.” She also ignores the main audit finding. “For the period reviewed, we found that TIF expenditures were in compliance with ARS §11-495. In addition, we found that TIF revenues were collected and recorded in compliance with this statute.” Why would she do this? Simple, it’s more helpful to the Supervisors to smear their enemy, the current County Treasurer.

This kind of reporting demonstrates that Wingett cannot be trusted to be a fair and impartial reporter. She is the very model of the worst kind of reporter. Her biases come through, and it is reporting like hers that is the reason why people are increasingly deserting the Arizona Republic as a legitimate news source. She is a discredit to all real reporters and an embarrassment to the Arizona Republic, and that’s hard to do.


  1. alicia gegner says

    Ms. Wingett, what is it that is so frightening about the truth? Contemporary journalism, or that which masquerades as that once noble profession, has deteriorated into agenda communication. The result for “journalists” is unintended consequences.

    At first, we may believe their mendacious screeds, but over time, learn that they are out to destroy what is good, and promote what is bad.

    And the consequence is, we stop believing them. Were they to write of rain during the floods of Noah, we might tend to dismiss the veracity of their reports.

    Ms. Wingett, you are your colleagues are now of little importance in the flow of public events. We no longer believe you; we no longer wish to purchase the papers for which you write; nor watch the TV channels for which you report; nor listen to the radio stations on which you speak.

    Down and down you go, but you do not understand why. We wish you a fond farewell as you descend into the dustbins of yesterday, soon to be collected and discarded onto the rubbish heaps of anonymity. We will not miss you, but will miss the true journalists of days gone by.

  2. Alicia:

    Ms Wingnutt is only following a old Repugnant Tradition, i.e. nail anything or anyone who runs afoul of the Central Corridor powerstructure for any reason. Creativity has always trumped truth with the cretins who run this rag!

    Fortunately, it’s on its last legs and will soon join the East Valley Tribune as an unlamented memory, along with the “Establishment” it enabled and served for so long!

    Ms Wingnutt is also probably aware of this and is busy feathering a future nest at the expense of the taxpayer, a path taken by Mr. DeUriarte a few years ago!

  3. Did Yvonne Wing-nut work for the “scientists” on global warming. Just wondering.

  4. What else should we expect from the openly left biased “reporters”? These people are “opinionators” who regurgitate the Leftist agenda du jour. Period.

  5. I thought the Republic got rid of this freak! She is the worst hack I have encountered at any media outlet. I almost considered a subscription until I saw her piece on the stupidvisors. Good fit though. Worst hack and worst run County, together again!

    Most of us expect bad writing from the republic and wingnut is in a class by herself far below their next worst writer. Her out right lies, proven again her, makes her the limbo champ of “yellow journalism.” Congrats for redefining the bottom.

  6. Arizona Ranger says

    As for Ms. Wingett’s capacity to report the news, and not DISTORT the news, I am reminded of that well known aphorism:

    “When you pay peanuts, you get monkeys!”

    And when you have a dying organization like the Arizona Republic, peanuts is all they can afford!

    In article after article, she has consistently bent the facts, invented the facts, or just did not bother to discover the facts! In short, she has lost any and all credibility with the readers (or in the case of so many Arizona Residents, former readers) and is simply a large anchor around the neck of the paper. Why do they have so much difficulty simply reporting the truth rather than ALWAYS distorting the truth. Hey, be different this month, act like a real newspaper and simply report the news. The editorial page is where we read and need opinions. Hey mister Editor–wake up!

  7. AZ Ranger – they should at least try to train the monkey. All this one can do is fling poo all over.

  8. Great thread. Enjoyed the posts..

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