Western Caucus Questions “Unwarranted Attack” By Arizona Republic

Last week, members of the Congressional Western Caucus denounced what they characterized as an “unwarranted attack” by the Arizona Republic. One member of the Caucus went so far as to call the Arizona Republic piece targeting Rep. Martha McSally and the Caucus “fake news.”

While the piece, Martha McSally’s anti-Grand Canyon views don’t belong in the Senate, offered fake news as fact,  it was an opinion piece by progressive columnist Linda Valdez.

“This is fake news, plain and simple,” said Congressman Markwayne Mullin in a press release. “The Arizona Republic’s hit piece against Rep. Martha McSally is nothing more than a desperate attempt to belittle the great work she is doing for the people of Arizona…. I am disappointed that the Arizona Republic has chosen not to do their homework when it comes to the issue at hand. I would urge the people of Arizona to study the issues and draw their own conclusions, rather than take the opinion of a publication who puts politics before facts.”

“We all want clean air, clean water and to protect the health of our communities. However, we also want good jobs, affordable energy, to ensure our military has the tools they need to accomplish their missions and to reduce our 90+% dependence on uranium imports from countries like Russia,” stated Western Caucus chairman Paul Gosar. “In today’s day and age, we can have our cake and eat it too as modern mining advancements and stringent environmental requirements ensure that we can accomplish all of these objectives. Let me be clear — No one is proposing to mine in the Grand Canyon or cause it or our local communities any harm. This week’s hit piece from the AZ Republic is fake news, poor journalism and shows a lack of understanding of the public policy issues at hand. It would appear the publication just took Rep. Grijalva’s ridiculous talking points, chose to own them and published them without doing any research or allowing any alternative views to be considered. The Republic should be ashamed and should issue a formal apology to its customers, Rep. McSally and the Western Caucus.”

Fellow Caucus member Rep. Andy Biggs piled on, “I am not surprised to see the Republic attacking the Congressional Western Caucus and one of our hard-working Arizona colleagues. We are one of the most pro-active caucuses in Congress. We fight every day to hold the federal government accountable and to bring more economic freedom to the West. Our successes are well-documented, and thousands of Americans are now better off because of them.”

California Congressman Doug LaMalfa questioned by Valdez chose to “attack Rep. McSally for a letter she didn’t even sign.” He called Valdez’s decision “very interesting.” Malfa stated that Valdez’s work is “a perfect example of why many are distrustful of the media these days.”

The Western Caucus members also argued that Valdez “falsely claimed Rep. Grijalva’s massive land grab bill provides “the real fix.” Grijalva’s 1.7 million acre national monument bill is not a real fix. In fact, it’s not even in his district. There is lots of opposition from local Arizonans and Utahans to this misguided proposal that deserves at least a mention.”

Caucus members note that while Valdez fails to mention opposition to Grijalva’s scheme, she also failed to note the “numerous actions” the Caucus has taken “to protect and promote the Grand Canyon.”

4 Comments on "Western Caucus Questions “Unwarranted Attack” By Arizona Republic"

  1. Grijalva is a Communist who hates
    America plain and simple.

    Sadly, he has thrived due to the
    percentage of low information
    voters in his district.

  2. The Oracle of Tucson | October 8, 2018 at 11:42 pm | Reply

    Like most great news papers of its day, the Arizona Republic is in its final death throws of releventcy. Stuffed full with ads to counter the loss of subscription fees and short on content.
    Linda Valdez’s willful, deliberate and intentional failure to inform the public of factual information Vs. her misguided opinion is just another reason the general public is unshackeling itself from biased printed media.
    Once upon a time, printed news took its obligations to provide the public with information seriously, but along came Al Gore’s magical internet and the once prominent papers like the Arizona Republic free fell out of the informational monopoly into irrelevancy. This compounded with an unhealthy unabashed heaping dose of all out liberal bias, and journalistic hacks like the self proclaimed progressive socialist Linda Valdez can’t help but come along and erroneously spew thier opinions as facts.
    In all fairness, Linda Valdez’s column isn’t without merit, it has brilliantly demonstrated that a totally clueless bratty racist princess with a partisan axe to grind can actually get paid and make a living at playing the part of a journalist, something that she has consistently demonstrated she knows nothing about.
    Thank God for “cut and paste”, otherwise she’d have zero subject matter.

    The Oracle

  3. Mobs Are Slobs | October 9, 2018 at 9:03 am | Reply

    Even the TV ads are so full of lies I have called the stations to see if they have any standards at all. They don’t. Lies are money and lies are votes.

    Lies will continue until one side gets their way. They seem to want mob rule to accomplish their goals. In the end it is how they will lose the very same.

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