[OPINION] Journalistic corruption in the Arizona Senate race

Website smears Sinema with doctored photo

(Editor’s note: Opinion pieces are published for discussions purposes only.)

By Phil Riske | Senior Reporter/Writer

The Arizona Daily Independent (ADI) says it is a dedicated team of citizen journalists and subject experts solely funded by the financial support of the general public.”

Who are they? Don’t bother looking, you won’t find them.

“[S]olely funded by the financial support of the general public,” ADI states.

Not quite sure what that means.

Anyway, let’s get to the beef. In an article titled “Corruption Is Hard To Hide For Politicians With Wide Faces,” author not identified, ADI seems to like a study put out by pin-headed Caltech that claims “when people are shown photos of politicians they’re not familiar with, they can make better-than-chance judgments about whether those politicians have been convicted of corruption. People can make these judgments even without knowing anything about the politicians or their careers. And one thing they seem to be picking up on is how wide the politicians’ faces are.

What? The width of their faces?

ADI on Friday took advantage of the questionable study—which mentions no politicians by name—to label one of the Arizona candidates for the U.S. Senate as corrupt. So, how are you going to support that claim, ADI?

Kyrsten Sinema/as published by Arizona Daily Independent


Oh, I see, you gave her a wide face. Clever.

This column takes no sides in the Senate race, but only to convict ADI of journalistic corruption and to suggest you ignore everything it publishes.

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September 2018