The fastest way to expose media bias is to compare how the papers cover identical events performed by two different people. Governor Brewer just delivered her State of the State address and it was panned by the media. Governor Napolitano delivered seven State of the State addresses...and was met with media adulation. Check out the headlines and first couple paragraphs of the Arizona Republic's coverage of each speech.
Here's Brewer's speech from last week.
Brewer's address light on policy, fund details
Gov. Jan Brewer on Monday unveiled a policy agenda that aims to build on plans to enhance Arizona's economic competitiveness, improve its education system and make it easier to hire and fire state workers.
The Republican governor also vowed to continue to push back against the federal government on issues such as health-care mandates and illegal immigration.
Here's the coverage of Napolitano's first State of the State Address in 2003. (No link because it's only available in the Republic archive.)
GOVERNOR: 'LET'S BE HONEST' NAPOLITANO SAYS STATE IN SORRY SHAPE, VOWS TO PROTECT KIDS, TAXPAYERS
Gov. Janet Napolitano challenged lawmakers Monday to dig out of the state's worst fiscal crisis without raising taxes or balancing the budget on "the backs of children."
'INVESTMENT IN THE FUTURE' AMBITIOUS PLAN WOULD BOOST EARLY-CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
Full-day kindergarten for 250 of the state's poorest schools within a year. A new system for rating the quality of preschools. And, once again, a new book for every first-grader in Arizona.
In her second act, Gov. Janet Napolitano wants to be known as the Education Governor, specifically, the Early Childhood Education Governor.
During her 40-minute State of the State speech Monday, Napolitano laid out an ambitious and pricey plan to stop dropouts, increase literacy and bolster the economy by improving education at its earliest levels. After the speech, the governor, a big sports fan, used a football analogy to describe her strategy.
INVEST 'IN WHAT MATTERS': GOVERNOR'S ADDRESS URGES UNITY FOR STATE AGENDA
Facing re-election next year, Gov. Janet Napolitano reached out Monday to create a common ground with a more conservative Republican Legislature, calling for business tax breaks and talking tough on illegal immigration.
In her State of the State address, the Democrat once again staked her claim as the education governor when she pushed to expand all-day kindergarten to 100 more low-income schools.
But she also offered conservative-friendly plans to spur the economy with tax relief and urged the U.S. and Mexican governments to crack down on illegal immigration. She promised that her new budget will embrace fiscal discipline.
NAPOLITANO VOWS TO SECURE BORDER: SPEECH ALSO TOUTS TEACHER PAY RAISES, TAX CUTS
As 4,000 people rallied for immigrants rights Monday on the Capitol lawn, Democratic Gov. Janet Napolitano vowed to beef up border security and punish companies that intentionally hire undocumented workers.
Riding a booming economy, Napolitano also called for tax cuts for small businesses and vehicle owners, and pay hikes for state employees and teachers.
Her fourth State of the State address featured ideas that could affect just about everyone in Arizona, from battling crime by cracking down on the distribution of methamphetamine to boosting education by improving the base pay for teachers.
NAPOLITANO ACTS FAST TO PUSH PLANS FOR ARIZONA
Gov. Janet Napolitano signed six executive orders on the first day of her second term, toughening air-pollution regulations, creating a plan to improve long-term care facilities and adding a financing scheme for water projects.
Later, she used her State of the State address to call for fundamental change in the way Arizona grows, educates its children and prepares for the new economy.
Here's the 2008 speech
Napolitano puts focus on state's future
Gov. Janet Napolitano focused on the future Monday with a State of the State address that called for increased use of renewable and clean energy in the decades ahead and a doubling in the number of bachelor's degrees issued by state universities by 2020.
She proposed a Centennial Scholars program that would guarantee free tuition in Arizona for any student who stayed out of trouble and maintained at least a "B" average during high school. And, as she did last year, she proposed raising the high-school dropout age to 18.
And finally, with a one-way ticket to Washington D.C. in her pocket, Gov. Napolitano gives one last speech. Here's 2009
EXHORTING ARIZ. TO KEEP INVESTING IN THE FUTURE
Gov. Janet Napolitano's State of the State address Monday was really a farewell as chief executive of Arizona. With her confirmation as secretary of Homeland Security apparently a slam-dunk, her boxes are already packed for Washington, D.C.
Napolitano has spent her six years in office as a strong advocate for investment in the future. On Monday, she had her last big platform as governor to try to inspire Arizonans.