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I was at the, “Who cares” point on the Fiesta Bowl about 2 minutes after the report was released. I looked at it to see who was in it and then moved on. Why? Because there is nothing to see here except a man with a big ego and checkbook getting caught. There was nothing illegal about members of the legislature getting tickets to the games because it is perfectly legal under state law. The fact that this has hung around so long shows that the media has nothing else that they fell should be reported.

GmaninAZ nailed it. The lack of journalistic integrity at the Republic is harming not only themselves in lost readership and revenue but also the state which needs a quality daily newspaper.

So the Daily Star ignores F&F...then Linebacker is front page news "See, Bush did it!" Then they don't bother allowing comments. From the same group lecturing Walkup on the First Amendment.

The ONLY reason the republic ran the "little story" on it yesterday on AZCENTRAL, is because the National Dems are trying to link the Bush Administration to it.

This paper is disgraceful. I used to work for it and the Tempe Daily News, Scottsdale Progress. What a difference 25 years makes.

To the AZ Republic:

When you assign one of your crack investigative reporters to report on firearms, you should at least send him to a firearms education class, so he learns the difference between a cartridge and a bullet. DUH. Ditto for the editor. The word "bullets" occurs over a dozen times incorrectly in your "special report." How much more of the article is incorrect as well?

Cartridge - A cartridge, also called a round, packages the bullet, gunpowder and primer into a single metallic case precisely made to fit the firing chamber of a firearm.

In popular use, the term "bullet" is often misused to refer to complete cartridges. This is incorrect; "bullet" refers specifically to the projectile itself, not the entire cartridge.

A cartridge without a bullet is called a blank; one that is completely inert is called a dummy. Not to be confused with someone who knows nothing about firearms, but writes about them anyway.


By the way, how did your crack investigative reporters miss the whole Fast and Furious gun-running scandal foisted on on us by Eric Holder and his pals in the BAFTE, and the FBI, et al? You seem totally unaware that much of the scandal happened right under our noses here in AZ. Somehow your paper has missed it completely, with the one exception on the day Burke was demoted for his role in the scandal. Lack of knowledge, or editorial malfeasance? This may be the biggest government scandal since Watergate, but at least nobody died at Watergate. Instead, The Republic has its crack investigative reporters telling us there is big money and mild corruption in the BCS system, something Joe Sportsfan has known for many years. Double DUH!

To paraphrase President Obama ("never bring a knife to a gunfight"), never bring bullets to a gunfight, bring cartridges and a rifle, and bring someone who knows what they are doing.

We are fortunate Al Gore invented the Internet because that is where you can find a newspaper that is aggressively covering the Phoenix-based national story that the Republic finds so boring. The LA Times even has a reporter assigned to it! How novel! Note this latest story even mentions Phoenix in the lead: http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-atf-guns-20111009,0,6431788.story

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