Reporting on what is arguably the most divisive piece of legislation in Arizona history, Senate Bill 1070, is absent from this morning’s home page of azcentral.com.
The legislation, which codifies the shrill anti-immigration stances of right wing demagogues such as State Senator Russell Pearce, is sufficiently disturbing to warrant an editorial in today’s New York Times.
The Times labels the Arizona legislation as “over the edge, harsh and mean-spirited.”
Meanwhile, the editors at azcentral.com have room above the fold for a story headlined “Traveling Tabby Cat Gets Free Trip Home.”
I wondered if home was Mexico or Nicaragua. Perhaps the xenophobic boors who voted for SB 1070 had taken up a collection, perhaps funded by a PAC. But no, home for the cat is Chicago. And it’s not even a local story.
So at azcentral.com, on the home page, no mention of this shameful legislation, which awaits the signature of Arizona Governor Jan Brewer.
As the state waits, as the nation watches, azcentral.com marches to a distressingly different journalistic drummer.