Fact-Check Fail: Arizona Republic Flubs Mark Brnovich's Bogus Medical-Marijuana Claim

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Where does 25 equal 30, and 22.7 percent equal "most?"

The Arizona Republic's "Fact Check: Keeping Arizona Honest" column, of course.

In Sunday's paper, as a reader informed us this week, a fact-check completely flubs the evaluation of Mark Brnovich's comment on TV last month about the state's medical-marijuana patients. (The article has not yet appeared online at azcentral.com)

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Not All Arizona Republic Journalists Landed Job After Reapplying for a Position

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Giulio Sciorio
Several Arizona Republic editorial staff members failed to land a job after being forced to reapply for a position at the state's largest newspaper.

Veteran journalists were among those who did not make the cut when the dust settled.

The layoffs follow news in August that the paper's parent company, Gannett, was splitting into two companies next year -- one company to hold its downward-spiraling newspapers and another to contain its money-making operations like TV stations and non-journalistic websites.

"Lots of good people left," reporter Michael Clancy wrote on Facebook today, acknowledging he had just lost his job. "Some not so great held on. A few good people gone."

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Tucson TV News Site Admits "Egregious" Error in Web Story About "Arrest" of Robert Fisher

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A Tucson TV-news site reviewed its policies with staff members on Sunday after posting a Web article claiming falsely that Scottsdale family-killer Robert Fisher had been captured.

The article was published briefly on Sunday on the website tucsonnewsnow.com, which is home to both CBS-affliliate KOLD-TV (Channel 13) and Fox-affiliate KMSB (Channel 11). As a cached version on Google shows, it appeared to confuse the facts of a story from over the weekend in which a bogus tip about Robert Fisher at a Colorado home led to the arrests of two men.

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Arizona Republic Newsroom Staffer Finds Need to Reapply for Job "Insulting"

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Giulio Sciorio
We just talked to an Arizona Republic reporter who tells us, predictably, that the process of having to reapply for a job is "insulting."

Reportedly, editors at the state's largest newspaper figured the process would be less painful -- for them -- than pointing fingers at specific people to get rid of. But the newsroom is facing a 15 percent cut, and it has to be achieved somehow.

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Tucson's Arizona Daily Star Sets Up a Paywall

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Tucson's Arizona Daily Star has become the latest newspaper to charge readers for access to stories on its website.

The paper unveiled its "metered access" plan this week, along with a $13-a-month price-tag for online news only.

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New Times Hiring a Web Editor

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Phoenix New Times has an opening for a full-time web editor. This position combines journalism with social-media marketing and analytical data management to increase the audience for New Times and improve its desktop and mobile applications.

The web editor assigns and edits photo slideshows and video projects, manages a weekly budget, works with freelancers, manages interns, and collaborates with section editors. The web editor works alongside the editor-in-chief in the planning and execution of all online coverage.

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ABC 15 Airs Joe Arpaio Cribs Episode

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ABC 15 has been teasing an exclusive interview with Sheriff Joe Arpaio over the last few days, promising that "no question or topic is off limits."

Forgive us for believing that such controversial questions would be along the lines of, "Sheriff, why do the taxpayers deserve to pay the bill to defend your office's racial profiling? And why have you continued to defy the federal judge in Melendres v. Arpaio?"

The "exclusive" was actually like an episode of MTV's Cribs, where a camera crew goes on a tour of some celebrity's home.

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A Free Meal and Possible Book Deal? The East Valley Tribune is On the Case!

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The East Valley Tribune is a pale reflection of its former Pulitzer Prize-winning self, thanks to the journalism-light business model of its current owner, 10/13 Communications.

That's why we were initially stunned when we saw a Trib reporter had penned an article about a murder mystery a couple of weeks ago, which is a departure from the staff's standard happy-news fare.

But our joy soon turned to bemusement. As Eric Mungenast explains in his lede, the deciding factors for choosing to bring this South Carolina whodunit to his readers were the offer of a free meal and to help a private investigator gin up publicity for a possible book or film deal about the case.

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Arizona Republic Columnist: Not Bombing Syria Is Like Watching Kids Get Raped at Penn State

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Republican Congressman Matt Salmon does not support the American military attacking Syria.

According to the Arizona Republic's apparently left-wing columnist, E.J. Montini, that means Salmon's the kind of guy who would watch Jerry Sandusky rape little kids in the shower at Penn State.

What?

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Arizona Republic Kills Its Community Opinion Pages in Aftermath of Layoffs

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How do you submit a My Turn column or letter to the editor to the Arizona Republic's community opinion pages?

Trick question.

Don't bother to submit anything. As of this week, the Republic's community opinion sections no longer exist.

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