Friday, September 5, 2014

The Political Epidemic - The Wrong Wing

I wish to address something that I am really feeling tonight, a certain soul sickness that comes from being ignored and watching other people live in a state of oblivion or willful ignorance. I live in the state of Arizona (hence my psuedonym) where many people are SO SICK OF not sick from, our news service whose name wreaks of the idiocy one might call dog whistle political language. One of the main reasons other states consider us insane in Arizona, is because of the way our newspaper tries to "Frame The Issues" that are vital to this country. The name is "The Arizona Republic". They also own several other news sources including on the web, such as AZCentral.com .
This news paper (advocacy journalism under the guise of editorial, instead of actual news), for God's sake, endorses John McCain every midterm, over and over, despite the fact that he has been wrong repeatedly.
They might as well go back to the original name, which was, The Arizona Republican. That was Mr. Pulliam. Let me give you a little history for those of you who are not old natives like myself, and/or haven't followed the paper's political history.
From their own website, "...Debuting May 19, 1890, as The Arizona Republican, the newspaper was created as a sounding board to challenge the biased political beliefs of the established Arizona newspapers.  (They have always been extreme Right Wing Advocacy News, not reporting what we say, but telling us what to think.) Because of political challenges, Governor Lewis Wolfley and his attorney general, Clark Churchill, supported the creation of a newspaper providing a balance of political viewpoints and ideals. (NO they didn't! Wolfley spent so much time infighting for Republican extremism, it led to his resignation. Read the Wikipedia profile on him, from the link above.)
The Republican brought news of a busy, changing world to the Arizona Territory and covered the founding of Phoenix as the third and permanent capital of the Arizona Territory in 1889. From infancy to adulthood, Phoenix and The Republic matured together to establish a standard for community, commercial and political support and involvement.
From the beginning, the focus of the newspaper was to make the Arizona Territory a better place to live. (For rich people and corporations.) The fight for statehood, achieved in 1912, was one of the newspaper's greatest victories.
Since 1915, the newspaper has been the largest-circulation newspaper in Arizona. 
(The name change:) The Arizona Republican ceased to exist when it was renamed The Arizona Republic on Nov. 11, 1930. Six days later, its owners bought the Phoenix Evening Gazette (later named The Phoenix Gazette) and the Arizona Weekly Gazette (now the Arizona Business Gazette).
(Then the real Republican strong arming begins.)
Pulliam buys the newspapers
On Oct. 25, 1946, Eugene C. Pulliam, one of the last of the self-made newspaper publishers, bought The Arizona Republic, The Phoenix Gazette and the Arizona Weekly Gazette for $4 million. Pulliam then organized the three newspapers into Phoenix Newspapers, Inc., a subsidiary of Central Newspapers, Inc., based in Indianapolis, Ind.
(I met some of the old Linotype operators who were coming to me to learn lithographic printing press operation in the eighties. They said Pulliam would meet face to face with his employees 2 times a year. He would walk up and shake their hands, slipping them a crisp new 50 dollar bill as their Christmas Bonus. The other time was election day, when he would shake their hand as they went out the door to walk to the polls downtown and told each one of them to vote Republican.) 
During the 1960s, The Republic continued its focus on improving Arizona when the newspaper fought for clean air. In the 1970s, the newspaper exposed fraud in the sale of desert land by people connected to organized crime.
Recently, the Republic, once again, endorse John McCain for Senate.  This is a senator who has been consistently wrong on every issue since I can remember, and when he is proved wrong, he changes sides, and instead of apologizing for being wrong, he goes right ahead as if the wrong position was always what he was against and keeps stating the right position as if that was what he said all along. 
Years ago, during the days of the late Reverend James Falwell, I started calling his flock that called themselves the "Religious Right" what they truly are, "the religious wrong".
Today I wish to ask you all to continue the trend that is sweeping (exaggeration there) Facebook (maybe slowly), and instead of calling those on the right "The Right Wing", I suggest we continue with the new term that will degrade and perhaps make them quit using apples and oranges terms to describe fearfulness, hate, and bigotry, and call them what they truly have become, "The Wrong Wing".
Thank You, and...
Have a wonderful day, night, or anytime,
Arizona Mildman

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