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When a Story Falls Appart

The Republic reporters have been linking to this thread all afternoon.  Surely, none of them have actually read it.  The underlying article is about an auction company that bids on some of the items in order to ensure that they meet the reserve.  The story is long and breathless.  Here’s the thread together with my [...]

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Simply Unprofessional

 No matter what you may think of Don Brandt, watching Joe Dana wait outside the Corporation Commission Ladies Room for 15 minutes so that he can chase a mid-level APS employee to her car is embarrassing.  Joe is a legacy hire whose father and grandfather were actual journalists.  His childish antics and bullying tactics are [...]

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The Richest Irony

Montini is attacking Doug Ducey for backing trump…this from a man who backed Bill Clinton well past the bitter end.  

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Amplifying the Noise

Election season has officially begun so I would like to recommend this book by Nate Silver. The premise of the book is that we have access to a tremendous amount of information, but we can’t tell what is important.  We can’t differentiate the signal from the noise. In theory, when it comes to political campaigns [...]

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Those who forget history….

EJ Montini is mocking President Trump’s boast that he will deport “millions.”  He conveniently forgets that we’ve already had a President who deported millions. The Obama administration deported 414,481 unauthorized immigrants in fiscal year 2014, a drop of about 20,000 (or 5%) from the prior year, newly released Department of Homeland Security data show. A [...]

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Journalism 101: Fantasy Reporting

Read this lede and tell me if you can spot the key word that makes it fake. Gov. Doug Ducey signaled he will push next year to allow Arizona taxpayer dollars to be used at out-of-state private schools, beginning with students on Indian reservations — indicating the state’s Republican establishment will continue to pursue its [...]

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Hansen Botches the Lede

Check out this screen shot from AzCentral.  Wrong again Ron.  Here is the conclusion of the investigation.  It’s paragraph 103 in the report that you linked to.  You probably should have read to the end.  That’s where the good stuff like findings and conclusions are.  Accordingly, the Board recommends that the Committee further review the [...]

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Epic Fail

The Arizona Republic announced today that it had published the “largest public database of government employees’ salaries in the state”.  They put the article A1 above the fold in the print edition and then spent the day Tweeting about how many months of effort it took to create this one-of-kind resource.  Then by day’s end, [...]

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Editorials Disguised as Articles

The English language is wonderfully nuanced.   Here’s a headline from today’s Arizona Daily Star.    Migrants pursue US dream despite crackdown What is the role of the word “despite”?   Most of us don’t really think about it, but “despite” is a powerful word.  It means that two things happened but one of those thing should not [...]

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Hypocrisy Alert

Tell me what you think of this hypothetical interview: Fox News Reporter:  “Excuse me, Congressman Smith.  I saw a recent Facebook post in which you argued that the federal deficit is too large.  In fact, you gave an example about dollar bills stacked to the moon.  Yet you voted to increase funding for Head Start.  [...]

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