Ahwatukee Foothills News Hatchet Job

by Paul Talbot on June 25, 2011

The Ahwatukee Foothills News, tossed onto our driveway three times a week free of charge, has managed to sink even deeper into its own droll stench of infantile reporting.

Ahwatukee Foothills News

We really don’t need this low rent hatchet job.  A piece that unabashedly admits its origins lie in a Tea Party email attacking Phoenix mayoral candidate Greg Stanton.

The obvious inference of the mangled headline: the “questions” involve some type of impropriety on behalf of Stanton.

It turns out the question is much different.

As reporter Allison Hurtado muses in her piece, which is not labeled as opinion, commentary, or editorial, but rather the June 24th edition’s lead…

Is it a bad thing for candidates to be union-endorsed?

A legitimate question.  Although Allsion’s editor may have asked the reporter to provide readers with something a tad more incisive than…

It’s a practice that has gone on for years.  Candidates seek the endorsement of private sector and public sector unions.  The unions then help with the campaign for the candidate they think is best for the job.

Wow.  Seventh grade civic class hits the front page of the Ahwatukee Foothills News.

The Ahwatukee Foothills News has four advertising salespeople and two reporters.  That seems about right based on the quality of the content and the number of ads.

The paper is owned by 1013 Communications LLC, in turn owned by Boulder Colorado-based Thirteenth Street Media.

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