I've been getting plenty of feedback over yesterday's post in which I pointed out that Rebekah Sanders' story about Congressional Candidate David Giles fundamentally misrepresented his campaign spending.
I've also had plenty of feedback on the recent post in which I argued that not only does Arizona Journalism oftentimes not live up the standards of the Journalism profession, but also that journalists have a responsibility to police their own profession. And while you might argue that--journalism ethics aside--Howie Fischer, Dennis Welch or Tim Steller do not have a responsibility to point out the lapses of Republic reporters like Rebekah Sanders, I would hope that you agree that the Republic should hold its own reporters to a basic standard of accuracy and fairness.
With that in mind, let's revisit a post that I wrote in the wake of the 2014 election cycle in which I argue that Rebekah Sanders repeatedly misrepresented an interview that Congressional Candidate Gary Kiehne conducted with the Arizona Republic editorial Board.
Here is the post in which I show the original Kiehne quote and show how in subsequent stories Sanders changed the quote in order to claim that Kiehne advocated for the outrageous proposition that he only supported federal programs that would benefit him. Kiehne, for his part, repeatedly denied that this was his position and reminded Sanders that he had never said the words that she was attributing to him.
If you click the above link to my September 04, 2014 story you will see what Kiehne actually said and how Sanders morphed the quote over the election cycle in order to create false stories about Kiehne.
Kiehne spend $400,000 on the race and lost by 324 votes. Upon reading the post, I believe that you will agree with my conclusion that Sanders' attribution of the fake quote and outrageous position to Kiehne cost him the election.
I also believe that you will also understand why it is so important for David Giles to correct the false impression that Sanders created in the article about his campaign spending. Giles is in danger of being branded and mocked as the "White Teeth" candidate as a result of poor reporting by Sanders and extensive follow up mockery by the likes of EJ Montini, Laurie Roberts and Brahm Resnik.
It's been nearly two years since I published and tweeted the original post to Rebekah Sanders...with no response. Perhaps the new Publisher Mi-Ai Parrish, Political Editor Michael Squires or News Watchdog reporter Cherrill Crosby would care to discuss.