Arizona Republic Publisher John Zidich Finally Quits Fiesta Bowl Board

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Two weeks into the Arizona Republic's coverage of the Fiesta Bowl fiasco, John Zidich -- publisher of the daily newspaper -- finally quit his position on the bowl's five-member board of directors.

 

The Republic's article on Zidich's resignation says the former Fiesta Bowl secretary wanted to avoid "any question of the ongoing strong independence of our newsroom in covering these [bowl investigation] stories."

The lack of transparency from the Republic, however, carries on.

Whereas the rest of the Fiesta Bowl stories on the Republic's website carry a sidebar titled "Fiesta Bowl Under Fire," linking to the rest of the coverage, the story of Zidich's resignation conspicuously sidesteps that treatment with links to other news stories -- like Iceland's penis museum.

This is just the latest move from the Republic regarding Zidich's Fiesta Bowl role, such as burying comments on his role 1,645 words into the original 2,126-word article, and later retroactively slapping warning labels on online Fiesta Bowl articles.

Now the warning labels are gone, and Sunday's Republic article again buried comments on Zidich deep within the article, this time 1,689 words into a 2,115-word piece.

The Republic's own columnist Laurie Roberts even says Zidich's resignation is "the right move in a story that seems to have conflicts (or appearances of conflicts) all over the place."

Still, Republic senior vice president of news and audience development Randy Lovely says Zidich never influenced coverage, and his resignation "helps to clarify for readers that there is no conflict of interest, not that there ever was."

Fiesta Bowl chairman Duane Woods released a statement thanking Zidich for his work at the bowl over six years.

"John joined the executive committee with the expressed interest of finding and fixing the bowl's problems," Woods says.

Whoops.

Read the Fiesta Bowl's full report here.


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ExpertShot
ExpertShot

As soon as they picked up that Frito Lays Tostitos name, I knew that bowl was screwed!

The corn they use in Frito Lays products is genetically modified and anything connected with that whole crooked modified gene for farm seed crap is crooked!

I mean if they would stoop to use biology to freeze out farmers from growing their own seed and making them dependent on some huge corporation, they would do anything - include buy politicians to help them move from ASU Stadium to the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

XSoldier
XSoldier

The conflict of interest existed when Zidich was on the board of directors. He could not publish reports about the Fiesta Bowl while sitting on the Fiesta Bowl's Board of Directors. It would mean he would have inside information about the bowl.

His resignation was smart. Now, if the Republic would stop covering for him, that would be better.

vic
vic

He did the proper thing. Time for All the members to resign the board and start fresh.

Ross
Ross

Apparently Zidich joined the Republic with the expressed interest of finding and fixing its problems, also.

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