Saturday, December 31, 2011

Arizona Bully of 2011 Nominee: The Editorial Board of the Arizona Republic

I don’t live my life looking through rose colored glasses.  I understand that the world is not black and white but many shades of grey.  I also expect my local newspaper to understand and reflect that reality on its editorial pages.  Sadly, the Arizona Republic and specifically its Editorial Board does not.  The Editorial Board sees everything around it in conservative black and white.  In 2011, the Editorial Board has ranted against organized labor, the “Occupy” movement and the Tucson Unified School District’s Mexican American Studies program, to name a few.

And it is not just that the Editorial Board takes a strong conservative stance on a wide range of issues it’s the way that they do it.  Take for example the lead paragraphs from today’s editorial:

“The activist-educators of the Tucson Unified School District's Mexican American Studies program never were especially good at teaching academically credible history.

Or civics. Or, really, anything that wasn't infused with a thick overlay of leftist political indoctrination as its primary message to students. They taught propagandized math to middle-schoolers, for heaven's sake.

But they have been very good at one thing: waging vicious war on anyone who dared criticize their program. When it came to silencing and marginalizing critics, the MAS activists of TUSD have proved masterful.”

One day the Editorial Board will start seeing the world in the shades of grey that it truly is, but until then, it can rest in the knowledge that is an Arizona Bully of 2011 Nominee!

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