Did you notice the Republic's A1 storyabout the mortgage crisis? While the article looks like a regular news piece, it was written by a group called "Pro Publica." The Republic discloses the source of the article, but it doesn't point out that Pro Publica is the mouthpiece of the left wing Sandler Foundation. Here's how the Sandler Foundation describes itself.
The Sandler Foundation's mission is to be a catalyst to strengthen the progressive infrastructure, expose corruption and abuse, advocate for vulnerable and exploited people and environments, and advance scientific research in neglected areas.
Unabashedly liberal--well within the paradigm of Republic Executive Editor Randy Lovely. Of course they claim that the journalism they fund is "independent."
Really? Here's some more informationon Pro Publica.
Self Description: ProPublica is an independent, non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest. Our work focuses exclusively on truly important stories, stories with "moral force." We do this by producing journalism that shines a light on exploitation of the weak by the strong and on the failures of those with power to vindicate the trust placed in them.
Actual: Under control of billionaire mortgage lender and founding donor Herbert Sandler, a board of directors including the Pew Charitable Trusts, and a manager from the Rockefeller Foundation - as independent as a lapdog on a leash with allegiances sworn in advance to left-wing causes.
I don't mind if the Republic wants to print articles from left wing groups dedicated to "strengthening progressive infrastructure", but DON'T PUT IT ON THE FRONT PAGE. That's what the Viewpoints section is for.
Republic Brass is smart enough to use the Pro Publica article as a hook to provide a local article showing how AZ Democrats are working to fix the mortgage problem--but their efforts are being stymied by the evil Republicans.
Nearly a dozen bills were proposed this session to address issues related to the housing crisis. About half are still moving through the system.
Seven of them, all sponsored by House Democrats, were packaged together and named the Foreclosure Rescue for Arizona Act. The Republican-controlled Legislature granted a hearing to only one of the bills.
Post Script: Can you imagine what would happen if the Goldwater Institute wrote a 5,000 word paper about how over-regulation led to the mortgage crisis, or how vouchers have been proven to improve education and the Republic simply put it on A1 and wrote "Goldwater Institute" as part of the byline? Liberal groups would go crazy--as well they should.
Every first year J school student knows that putting white papers from agenda driven sources on A1 is a violation of the most basic journalistic standards.