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Re: “T.H.R.E.A.T. Watch: Bless, Keep and Protect Our Free Press

Tim Steller's "Political Notebook" columns -- the series in which the TUSD Superintendent piece occurred -- are opinion journalism. He regularly offers both facts and opinions on a wide variety of topics, from whether McSally should hold a town hall to whether LaWall should face Feinman in a debate (note the consistency across the partisan spectrum: in general, Steller does better with that than Safier has ever done).

Most of Steller's OPINIONS have not been edited out of his columns. But his opinion about the TUSD Superintendent needing to be fired was. Those who follow TUSD and communicate now and then with the Star are well aware that representatives of TUSD are regularly badgering reporters and editors at the newspaper to modify their content to present a more positive image of the district. It seems to many who follow the Star's coverage and TUSD's responses to it that TUSD wants the local media to act as an agent in their effort to mislead the public about the extent of the district's problems and the quality of the district's administrative leadership.

Both the assertion that Steller's opinion should have remained in his Star piece and the concluding remark in the above comment "2nd Thoughts" criticizes stand: when TUSD or any other interest group succeeds in manipulating the local press and modifying coverage to suit their preferences, they undermine the kind of valid information delivery that keeps a democracy healthy. Those who understand what's going on want them to stop it. If Safier had any genuine commitment to honest journalism and a free press he would stand up to them on issues like this. But he doesn't, so he won't.

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Posted by Will Safier stand up for the free press locally, as well? on 02/21/2017 at 6:47 AM

Re: “T.H.R.E.A.T. Watch: Bless, Keep and Protect Our Free Press

It seems that the MSM thinks that their opinion is the news, and that an opinion they don't like is racist / sexist / homophobic and news they don't like is fake news. So much hysteria over so little.

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Posted by Albert V. Turk on 02/21/2017 at 6:42 AM

Re: “T.H.R.E.A.T. Watch: Bless, Keep and Protect Our Free Press

Seems to me that "You and your friends" misses a crucial fact: David is a columnist; Tim is reporter.

Columnists produce opionion-based writing; reporters report facts and any personal opinions should be edited out.

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Posted by 2ndThoughts on 02/21/2017 at 5:19 AM

Re: “Mordecai Needs a Home

Hmm. Is the name a tribute to the book of Esther, "Regular Show", or one of Canada's most acclaimed novelists? Wherever this big lovable goof got his moniker, I hope he finds his forever home ASAP. :)

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Posted by Ex-Arizonan on 02/21/2017 at 5:05 AM

Re: “T.H.R.E.A.T. Watch: Bless, Keep and Protect Our Free Press

Does that even apply to the likes of Milo Yiannopoulos -- the senior editor of Breitbart News -- whose book "Dangerous" was just cancelled by Simon & Schuster and its Threshold Editions publishers?

Censorship in any form is a slippery slope that diminishes our individual and collective rights and freedom. We may not like what others say or write, but as Americans we must defend their rights. To do otherwise is to give in to those who would take away the rights of all.

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Posted by sgsmith on 02/20/2017 at 9:01 PM

Re: “TUSD Superintendent Firing Update: Nothing To See Here, Folks (For Now).

The Superintendent should be fired because:
1) He was not experienced enough to recognize that this is what would happen when he attempted an across-the-board reduction in class sizes in a district with the composition TUSD has. The result was a massive mis-use of federal funds and a reduction in the quality of services offered to the disadvantaged, both fire-able offenses. Sanchez has always been conspicuously underqualified and unfit for the job. He was brought in through an insufficiently transparent process that did not involve appropriate levels of community participation and his inexperience has been showing up in his mismanagement of this and other matters since Day 1. (Yes, it is appropriate to expect that the district will hire someone whose previous experience actually equips them to do a competent job in a district like this, with the characteristics this district has. Why would anyone question whether an administrator's inability to anticipate and manage the consequences of their administrative actions in the institution of which they are head would be a fire-able offense? Of course it is.
2) Credible sources have noted he was given advice about what the consequences would be, but he was too arrogant and self-willed to accept advice from people who had real experience managing districts of this size and complexity. If you are too inexperienced for the position you occupy, it's best not to reject the guidance of those who know what they are doing when they try to warn you off a dangerous course.
3). After bungling class size reduction, he did not need to outsource subs, which only made conditions worse both for the subs and for the students in the classrooms they were trying to manage.

He is incompetent and should be fired. End of story. Continuity of dysfunction in a public school district is not desirable to anyone except privatizers like our state level leadership, who clearly want to keep Sanchez in place for reasons that have nothing to do with STUDENT BENEFIT . Competent and honest leadership is what's needed. If Ducey et al. would stop colluding with Sanchez et al. to put lipstick on this very ugly pig, perhaps TUSD might have some chance of getting it.

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Posted by Yes, he should be fired. on 02/20/2017 at 6:43 PM

Re: “T.H.R.E.A.T. Watch: Bless, Keep and Protect Our Free Press

Hey David, did you notice that in the first online version of Tim Steller's piece, "Attempts to fire Superintendent roil TUSD," Steller expressed, in passing, his personal opinion that Sanchez should not retain his job? Then, a day or so after the piece originally appeared, the Star noted it had been "updated" and that opinion was no longer in the piece. It had been edited out.

You expressed your opinion in one of your recent blogs here in TW that Sanchez should remain Superintendent, and your opinion was allowed to stand in this publication. But Steller's opinion was erased from the Star. Who erased it, and why?

Is Steller less entitled to an opinion -- or to expressing it -- than you are? Is this a sinister local example of what you refer to in this blog, the press "forfeit[ing] its effectiveness [...] to our peril. Possibly the most dangerous is self censorship, where a reporter, a columnist or an editor decides an honest story is too dangerous to print because it may offend an advertiser or a community leader or a powerful politician."

I believe it is, and I've seen plenty of it since I started following the Star's battered and beleaguered attempts to provide anything resembling honest and complete coverage of the largest local school district in a context where the district's agents constantly try to undermine and trash talk their reporting. (What happened to Alexis Huicochea David? Why is she no longer covering TUSD?)

Here's my humble opinion, David: if there are in fact "benevolent powers are out there watching over us," I don't think they like you and your friends very much. Another commenter penned this apt remark on another of TW's BS TUSD stories, but it applies to the subject of this blog, media manipulations, as well: "I'm sorry Foster/Grijalva machine. we pretty much know exactly what you do. And many of us want you to stop it."

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Posted by You and your friends are supporters of the free press? on 02/20/2017 at 5:12 PM

Re: “T.H.R.E.A.T. Watch: Bless, Keep and Protect Our Free Press

Oops, that should be "fear."

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Posted by Used to be a teacher on 02/20/2017 at 4:16 PM

Re: “T.H.R.E.A.T. Watch: Bless, Keep and Protect Our Free Press

If you truly fact-check your stories, there's no need to feat "fake news." Yeah, like that's going to happen.

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Posted by Used to be a teacher on 02/20/2017 at 4:15 PM

Re: “T.H.R.E.A.T. Watch: Bless, Keep and Protect Our Free Press

Just like the freedom of information act wanted to censor Limbaugh.
4 more years !! 4 more years!!

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Posted by CW13 on 02/20/2017 at 3:51 PM

Re: “Editors Note

I love you too. Since you obviously know me, who are you?

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Posted by CW13 on 02/20/2017 at 3:18 PM

Re: “Death in the Arizona Borderlands

I'm sorry, but can we please stop infantilizing these people? Walking through the desert, particularly in the summer and particularly in the day time, is really, really dangerous. Every Arizona school child (and probably every Sonoran school child too) knows this. It is not our fault that the Mexicans, Hondurans, Salvadorans and Guatemalans coming over the border choose to confront this obvious risk. When an Arizonan drives into a flooded wash, putting himself, his passengers, and his rescuers at risk, we do not write sob-stories about the human toll caused by our hard-hearted failure to build bridges everywhere. We do not pretend that the driver bears no responsibility for his action. In fact, we fine the driver and label them "stupid" under the law. Illegals are not children. They bear as much responsibility for the risks they assume as a stupid motorist trying to cross a flooded wash.

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Posted by Nathan K on 02/20/2017 at 3:04 PM

Re: “TUSD Superintendent Firing Update: Nothing To See Here, Folks (For Now).

So the Superintendent should be fired because of the complexities arising from his reduction of class size?

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Posted by jhuppent@hotmail.com on 02/20/2017 at 2:16 PM

Re: “Editors Note

Why should I sign up? Your buddies Rat and What haven't bothered to and you aren't complaining to them about that.

You got your nose jammed in the rears of plenty of people who post here that haven't signed up and they have posted under all different kinds of usernames. Rat T didn't disappear for several weeks, he just decided to post under different names during that time.

Also, I never labeled you as insignificant. A distant 3rd place isn't bad considering all the trolling that's happening on the TW site. You just need to work a little harder than Rat and What are, that's all.

P.S. -- I chuckled when you mentioned looking at old comments to see if all that is done is insulting people. That's some serious "pot calling the kettle black" stuff going on there. Thanks for the laugh dude.

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Posted by CW is really fighting to beat Rat and What at the troll game. on 02/20/2017 at 12:18 PM

Re: “Police Dispatch

We come from the future, the past, the present, etc...

Check the posted date in the upper right corner of this article against the posted date below this comment.

We do not have the need to steal lottery tickets to win money.

We win the money by simply looking a few days into the future at the winning numbers, then we go back in time to use those numbers before what you mere mortals call the "current" draw date.

All hail us! For we are the TW Time Bandits!

Posted by TW Time Bandits on 02/20/2017 at 11:51 AM

Re: “Editors Note

You can call me a troll "til your socks fall off. For an insignificant troll such as myself you sure spent a lot of time on your comment. If by "trollish activities" you mean expressing my opinion, you can forget it. I have a suggestion for you. Why don't you sign up with the weekly and use 1 name like I did. Then we can look up your old comments and see if you ever do anything except insult people.
P.S. Thanks, Zippy

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Posted by CW13 on 02/20/2017 at 11:47 AM

Re: “Trashing Arizona

The jobs have moved to Mexico but the illegals keep coming into our Country. Why? Because Mexico doesn't give their people welfare, food stamps and free medical services. USA has been a very generous Country but enough is enough! Those emergency services are temporary and for the tax payers not for free loaders from other Countries working our system. They take our jobs user all of our services and send their money to their homeland Country. They come here and take take take. They fly their flags, tell everyone how great Mexico is and they love their Country. Then they flip us their middle finger at us.

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Posted by LaNay Mayer on 02/20/2017 at 11:38 AM

Re: “Give Me Your Huddled Masses

PEW Poll: Upwards of 287 million ISIS supporters in just 11 countries including 1/3 of Syria Refugees
http://pamelageller.com/2015/11/pew-poll-b…

Survey of Muslims, a majority (51%) agreed that Muslims in America should have the choice of being governed according to shariah. More than half (51%) of U.S. Muslims polled also believe either that they should have the choice of American or shariah courts, or that they should have their own tribunals to apply shariah. Only 39% of those polled said that Muslims in the U.S. should be subject to American courts.
http://thepoliticalinsider.com/youll-be-sh…

The judges need a refresher course in the LAW:
8 U.S. Code 1182 - Inadmissible aliens

Whenever the President finds that the entry of any aliens or of any
class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the
interests of the United States, he may by proclamation, and for such
period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or
any class of aliens as immigrants or nonimmigrants, or impose on the
entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate.

It is IMMORAL to foist all of the Huddled Masses onto the 40% of the US workers left who generate more revenue than they consume in programs and services.

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Posted by Postimpressionist on 02/19/2017 at 8:54 PM

Re: “Give Me Your Huddled Masses

I'm with George Washington when he said about Muslims:
"Would to heaven we had a navy to reform those enemies to mankind or crush them into non existence"
1/16 of the Federal budget went to Islamic Muslim as blackmail to refrain from attacking US ships.

And we NEVER took "Wretched Refuse" in this country. It's when we started taking them that we experienced the down fall:
The English colony of Massachusetts enacted the earliest American public charge (WELFARE) laws in 1645. The arrival in the colonies of undesirables spurred other colonies to enact similar laws. Many colonies protected themselves against public charges through such measures as mandatory reporting of ship passengers, immigrant screening and exclusion upon arrival of designated "undesirables," and requiring bonds for potential public charges.

Massachusetts in 1700 kept out the infirm and disabled who had no security against becoming public charges (Welfare People). The law required ship captains to post bonds for "lame, impotent, or infirm" passengers who were "incapable of maintaining themselves." The bond requirement sought to prevent the new arrival from becoming reliant on public relief. Without a bond from the captain, the vessel had to return the person to his home country.
LAW TODAY:
Under Section 212(a)(4) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), an individual seeking admission to the United States is inadmissible if the individual, "at the time of application for admission, is likely at ANY time to become a public charge (Welfare Recipient)."

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Posted by Postimpressionist on 02/19/2017 at 8:47 PM

Re: “Death in the Arizona Borderlands

Economically speaking, we can't afford to keep them here:
They have made the US a WELFARE STATE:
60% of Households Now Receive More in Subsidized Income Than they Pay in Taxes - REDISTRIBUTION OF INCOME!
http://taxfoundation.org/blog/60-percent-h…

33% of all Welfare recipients are in California. California has reduced Welfare Fraud from a Felony to a Misdemeanor so they won't be deported because they need all the Federal Subsidy like the $20,000,000 they get to subsidize their OVER USE of MediCal.

54.4% Hispanics enrolled in Special Education in California
http://www.kidsdata.org/topic/97/special-n…

These are their parents:
Nevada saw 90% of immigrants flunk the written test in the first few weeks a new driver authorization card was offered. The California DMV (90% failed) is also concerned that immigrants might not have the literacy proficiency needed to pass.
http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/nevada-a…

Legal Hispanics' incomes fall into the first 4 Household Quintiles where they consume 2-7 TIMES in programs and services than they contribute in taxes.

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Posted by Postimpressionist on 02/19/2017 at 8:40 PM

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