I've been highlighting some of the techniques that newspapers use in order to manipulate readers. One of the most powerful tools that they use is the "Letter to the Editor as Reporter". This is a fairly new trick; in the old days, letters to the editor expressed opinions, now, editors are increasingly using letters to the editor as a tool to print news items that don't meet journalistic standards.
Here's an egregious example in which former Arizona Republic Executive Bill Shover writes a letter to chriticize Governor Brewer getting some of the credit for Arizona being awarded the 2015 Super Bowl. Incredibly, Shover complains that Brewer is somehow being hypocritical because 25 years ago she voted against an anti scalping law that the NFL and the Republic were pushing*.
Shover claims in the letter that then State Senator Brewer told him--25 years ago--that she was not voting against the bill for philosophical reasons, she was voting against it because her "sons were scalpers." Brewer for her part denies that she ever said this. (I think her sons were still in high school in the late 1980s.)
Naturally, an outrageous allegation like Shover's couldn't be printed by a reporter. It's a 25 year old quote that was never reported contemporaneously, is unlikely based on the facts, and is denied by the Governor. But the Republic managed to get it into play by letting Shover make the charge from his retirement home.
Footnote: Notice that Shover was working the anti-scalping bill? Do you think he registered as a lobbyist? Of course not, he's working for truth and light, so he doesn't have to disclose his activities. Don't ever forget that newspapers are owned my corporations and those corporations have agendas. They push that agenda on their news and editorial pages and they pay lobbyists in order to get that agenda passed.