Tucson Citizen: the new progressive news source

Tucson Citizen: the new progressive news source

by Desert Sonoran

The Tucson Citizen started printing in the 1800s.

They no longer print a daily newspaper because of their advanced thinking with environmentalism (saving trees by using less paper in the electronic age) and with the future of the new media (there are some other theories also), but one thing is sure:

You may not recognize them after their modern makeover.

The Tucson Citizen has excellent writers on many different topics, including some of Tucson’s finest sportswriters, but in terms of Politics, this is what you can find:

Baja Arizona: the author lives near the border and has decades of experience with issues relating to this special area that is one of the focus points of national politics. He is also an attorney which gives him more insight into these issues, and was recently interviewed for his knowledge of the border by the NY Times.

Carolyn’s Community: Another highly educated writer who will let you know the latest political and cultural events coming up, including any video she finds of them. She not only alerts you about events, but will attend many of these events making her a valuable part of the community.

Caveat Lector: I don’t want to classify this as right or left, but I will say it is always thoughtful and insightful, including on controversial issues and the comment sections always have a lively discussion.

Other political blogs: These are worth following, but are currently not so regular because of other writing assignments – The Data Port, Bermudez Shortz, and Living on the Border. I will also give a plug to the only remaining “right-wing” blog Fort Buckley. There were others, but they left for various reasons, but not because the progressive blogs were getting much more reads, taking them off the top.

Right-wing bloggers PLEASE apply!

There is no pay though… hey wait, come back… oh well.

Three Sonorans: Hated by right for being too liberal (I must be a Democratic operative), and hated by the Democratic establishment for holding their feet to the progressive fire and often times being critical of them (thus I must be a Republican operative), you will either love or hate this blog, but hopefully it evoked some emotion and got you thinking some more, especially on the super-controversial issues confronting Arizona 2010.

And introducing

Tucson Progressive: New to the Tucson Citizen but not new to blogging, I’ve actually been linking to her writings for a while now as the only citizen journalist covering super-important political events, such as the attempt by the conservative SALC to take over the city of Tucson. While I have been covering their takeover of TUSD by placing their Vice-President as the next Superintendent, Pamela has been covering the very heated community forums on Prop 401, and a bunch of other important issues confronting the city of Tucson.

Pamela has no problem attending the council meetings and public forums, which can get crazy at times (if you’ve never been to one), and her writing is a valuable insight into the voice of the Tucson citizens and not just repeating what the politicians spew as their talking points.

She is a welcome addition to the new voice of Tucson, your one-stop news source known as the Tucson Citizen, documenting the turbulent times of the Arizona 2010 for future generations!

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22 comments on “Tucson Citizen: the new progressive news source
  1. In the absence of media coverage, send this to everyone you know.

    Those of you who might not know, the man on the left is the Commandant of the Marine Corps, and he is proud to know the man on the right. 
    Maybe you’d like to hear about a real American, somebody who honored the uniform he wears. 
    Meet   Brian   Chontosh   Churchville-Chili   Central    School  Class of 1991. 

    Proud graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology. 

    Husband and about-to-be father. First lieutenant (now Captain) in the United States  Marine Corps. And a genuine hero, the secretary of the Navy said so. 
    At 29 Palms in  California  Brian Chontosh was presented with the Navy Cross, the second highest award for combat bravery the United States  can bestow. 

    That’s a big deal. But you won’t see it on the network news tonight 
    And all you’ll read in Brian’s hometown newspaper is two paragraphs of nothing. The odd fact about the American media in this war is that it’s not covering the American military. The most plugged-in nation in the world is receiving virtually no true information about what its warriors are doing. 

    Oh, sure, there’s a body count. We know how many Americans have fallen. And we see those same casket pictures day in and day out. 

    And we’re almost on a first-name basis with the jerks who abused the Iraqi prisoners. And we know all about improvised explosive devices and how we lost Fallujah and what Arab public-opinion polls say about us and how the world hates us. 

    We get a non-stop feed of gloom and doom but we don’t hear about the heroes. The incredibly brave GI’s who honorably do their duty. The ones our grandparents would have carried on their shoulders down  Fifth Avenue  .. 

    The ones we completely ignore, like Brian Chontosh.  It was on the march into Baghdad . Brian Chontosh was a platoon leader rolling up Highway 1 in a humvee. 

    When all hell broke loose, ambush city. The young Marines were being cut to ribbons. Mortars, machine guns, rocket propelled grenades. 

    And the kid out of Churchville was in charge. It was do or die and it was up to him. So he moved to the side of his column, looking for a way to lead his men to safety. As he tried to poke a hole through the Iraqi line his humvee came under direct enemy machine gun fire. It was fish in a barrel and the Marines were the fish. And Brian Chontosh gave the order to attack… 

    He told his driver to floor the humvee directly at the machine gun emplacement that was firing at them. And he had the guy on top with the 50 cal unload on them. 

    Within moments there were Iraqis slumped across their machine guns and Chontosh was still advancing, ordering his driver now to take the Humvee directly into the Iraqi trench that was attacking his Marines. 
    Over into the battlement the humvee went and out the door Brian Chontosh bailed, carrying an M16, a Beretta M9 and 228 years of Marine Corps pride. 


    And he ran along the trench, with its mortars and riflemen, machine guns and grenadiers. And he killed them all. He fought with the M16 until it was out of ammo. Then he fought with the Beretta until it was out of ammo. Then he picked up a dead man’s AK4 and fought with that until it was out of ammo. 

    Then he picked up another dead man’s AK47 and fought with that until it was out of ammo. 

    At one point he even fired a discarded Iraqi RPG into an enemy cluster, sending attackers flying with its grenade explosion. 

    When he was done Brian Chontosh had cleared 200 yards of entrenched Iraqis from his platoon’s flank.  He had killed more than 20 and wounded at least as many more. 

    But that’s probably not how he would tell it. He would probably merely say that his Marines were in trouble, and he got them out of trouble. Ooh-rah, and drive on. 

    “By his outstanding display of decisive leadership, unlimited courage in the face of heavy enemy fire, and utmost devotion to duty, 1st Lt. Chontosh reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.” 
    That’s what the citation says. And that’s what nobody will hear. That’s what doesn’t seem to be making the evening news. 
    Accounts of American valor are dismissed by the press as propaganda, yet accounts of American difficulties are heralded as objectivity.  It makes you wonder if the role of the media is to inform or to depress – to report or to deride. To tell the truth, or to feed us lies. 
    But I guess it doesn’t matter. We’re going to turn out all right as long as men like Brian Chontosh wear our uniform. 

    If you are as proud of this Marine as I am, then send this to EVERYONE YOU KNOW. 
    WHY WASN’T THIS BE REPORTED ON CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC? INSTEAD WE GOT 24-7 COVERAGE OF TIGER WOODS INFIDELITY CONSEQUENCES. WHICH IS MORE IMPORTANT?

    • He had killed more than 20 and wounded at least as many more. 

      Depressing; especially considering that his being sent there was a crime against humanity.  Just as sad is the fact that such events must inevitably and permanently scar the survivors, regardless of how much indoctrination they undergo prior.

  2. Thanks for the mention, and don’t forget Bermudez Shorts’ witty political cartoons and comments.  He’s been busy with his day job, but he’s still progressive & still with us at Tucsoncitizen.com.   And welcome to Pamela Powers (“Tucson Progressive”).

  3. Three Sonorans, thanks for the mention. 

    I concur.  Right-wing bloggers, please apply.  TucsonCitizen.com is a great place to blog.

    • Right-wing bloggers, please apply.  TucsonCitizen.com is a great place to blog.
      Exactly – on TC.com as a conservative you get to censor any sentiment you dislike :)
      Unlike other venues it’s a great place for conservatives

  4. Hey, thanks for the intro. Yes, I agree, the Tucson Citizen has a very progressive voice! I am enjoying blogging here.
    Now for some progressive candidates. Good to see the Dougherty is doing a write-in campaign– even if it is just a protest vote.  I’m disappointed with Glassman’s integrity issues. :(

    • Well hello, welcome to the neighborhood! Three Sonorans warned you about me in an earlier blog. I am here, ready to be a thorn in your side. Oh and by the way I am not a “Progressive”. LOL. ..As “Leftfield will tell you I do have a sense of humor……
      Thanks for making Democracy work. The T.C. is part of that.

  5. How can a “news source” be progressive or otherwise?  To say you are a “progressive news source” implies that anything you report will lack objectivity and probably truthfulness as well.   Welcome to the world of leftist/socialist propaganda…

    • Clement:
      Didnt you get the memo? Everybody who is not a “progressive” is what they call a “knuckledragger” etc. You you see more of that in time. Keep posting. keep their feet to the fire.

  6. Sigh…

    The Tucson (not TuSCon! PLEASE correct that!) Citizen was such a great and wonderful CONSERVATIVE voice in the Old Pueblo at one time… but its gone the way of just about every other mainstream media outlet, following after the grey pony-tailed hippy pied-pipers which used to be legitamate editors and reporters.

    Today’s unedited “bloggers”… self-proclaimed intellectuals… tree-hugging vegetarians… lovers of all humanity and animals… claim they see the REAL good in today’s world… while proclaiming “global warming” …anti-“god”, anti-prayer, anti- Constitution, anti-guns… which to me just boils down to total anti-Americanism.

    Progressive, my @$$!  

    • …self-proclaimed intellectuals… tree-hugging vegetarians… lovers of all humanity and animals… claim they see the REAL good in today’s world… while proclaiming “global warming” …anti-”god”, anti-prayer, anti- Constitution, anti-guns…

      Hah!  You forgot “latte drinking” and “Birkenstock-wearing”; no mention of socialism either.

      • Aww that’s nothing :)
        One of my favorite features is dKos’ weekly hate mail review.
        It usually consists of claiming the author is gay
        You guys chose “Greetings, homosexual prostitute who runs the cocksucker faggot website called Daily Kos!” by a comfortable margin, taking 29 percent out of 14 options
        , but this week it is Jewish, I see.

      • Oh, yeah… oooops… uh, latte-drinking, Birkenstock-wearing, NYT-clutching, Prius-driving, Bush-hating, Obama-praising socialist/communists… 

        They get misty when Woodstock is mentioned, and hysterical whenever a pot-bust happens at the border…
         
        There.  Thanks to Jesus and the NRA… I’ve pretty much finalized my descriptions and/or “attributes” of  these, uh… “progressives” – my @$$.

  7. Tune in.  If you’re Liberal, you like it.  If you’re not, you won’t.
    I’m a liberal and I’m pretty sure I won’t

  8. BTW, my knuckles have NEVER dragged! For the record… I’m PROUD to say that only ONE part of my bee-yoo-tee-ful outdoorsy BOD  has EVER dragged!

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