If it is not news in the Arizona Daily Star does the news still exist?by Hugh Holub on Jul. 03, 2011, under politics
It is really interesting to watch what constitutes “news” in the mainstream media in Tucson.
There are four national stories with Tucson connections that have been virtually ignored by the Arizona Daily Star.
The first story is the link between the murder of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry and the ATF “walked” guns that were found at Terry’s murder scene south of Tucson.
The ATF Gunwalker scandal was hatched at the ATF office in Phoenix.
Congress is busy chewing on ATF and the US Department of Justice over how the federal government could look the other way and let thousands of guns fall into the hands of the Mexican drug cartels and the criminals who killed agent Terry.
The Star…missing in action.
This is a story that is likely to garner CBS Report Sharyl Atkkisson a Pulitzer Prize nomination sitting right in the Star’s own back yard.
The second major story also has a border connection…who started all the border fires?
From the Tucson Weekly by Leo Banks:
This story has gone from circumstantial evidence claims to Leo Banks’ nailing the Murphy Fire to an alien in distress, who was caught by the Border Patrol and then deported because the Coronado National Forest managers refused to prosecute.
In any other community the daily paper would be all over this story.
The Star: missing in action again.
A related issue and third story which is going to be the subject of another Congressional Hearing July 8th is the role the Endangered Species Act and federal land managers play in hampering the Border Patrol from actually securing the border at the border.
The fire starters would not have been on National Forest lands if the Border Patrol had been able to secure the border at the border.
Tucson’s own Congressman Raul Grijalva is up to his eyeballs in responsibility for putting environmental protection ahead of border security.
The border south of Tucson is ground zero in this issue.
The Star: what story?
Finally, the fourth national story is about the mother of all environmental litigation factories…the Center for Biological Diversity…which is based in Tucson.
The CBD and other groups bury the federal government in endangered species listings and demands for habitat conservation plans….and get millions in taxpayer funded legal fees as a result under the Equal Access to Justice Act (EAJA).
This is drawing the attention of Congress.
If there are going to be major changes in the Endangared Species Act they will be the result of abuse by the Center for Biological Diversity.
The Star functions more like a blog for the Center for Biological Diversity.
Even the Tucson Weekly took a shot at the Center for Biological Diversity recently, publishing Ted William’s commentary:
By harassing the feds to make a profit, the Center for Biological Diversity makes environmentalists look bad
Finally, as an example of how skewed the Star really is in manipulating “news” to support its causes…. the Star ran a banner story recently showing a “before” and “after” picture of what the Rosemont Mine would look like from the Sonoita highway (SR 83).
The Star conveniently omitted publishing the conclusion in the federal Draft Environmental Impact Statement that no one from Tucson or Green Valley would be able to see the proposed alternative version of the mine or its tailings piles from Interstate 19 or Interstate 10.
The DEIS did not even do a “before” and “after” simulation from what is called “Viewpoint 9″ because there is going to be no difference.
Don’t you think this is news for people in Tucson and Green Valley who believe they will be able to see the mine?
But the Star ran a banner headline and a picture of the view from State Route 83. How many Tucsonans have ever even driven down State Route 83?
The Star’s front page was little more than a campaign brochure for Save the Scenic Santra Ritas.
Newspapers in general like to present themselves as unbiased sources of news.
There is sufficient evidence that the Star has, for whatever reasons….budget cuts…editorial bias….become little more than a platform for advocacy of particular interest groups in Tucson and most obviously radical environmental groups and open border advocates.
The Tucson Citizen…which used to be a newspaper… is now just an assembly of individual blogs put together by people who are not hesitant to demonstrate their advocacy positions.
Between all different sides being expressed in the Citizen you actually can get a pretty good 360 degree view of things.
Is the Star providing the full circle of views about what is going on here? No.
The Tucson Weekly, which has always been a left-of-center expression of Tucson’s cultural and environmental scene, is managing to scoop the Star on national impact stories using free lance writers. Leo Banks’ border fire starter stories are award-winning efforts.
Ironically, one can find out more about what is going on regarding Tucson….especially in the national context…. in the Tucson Weekly and the Tucson Citizen.
There is the question” “if a tree falls in a forest and there is no one around…does it make a sound when it falls?”
There really is news going on in Tucson….but if the Star ignores the newsi, that doesn’t mean news does not exist. One just has to look elsewhere to find out what is really going on.