The Arizona Republic Has a Message for the Haters, and It's Full of Grace

How to respond when an endorsement of Hillary Clinton is met with death threats? Like this.

When the Arizona Republic endorsed Hillary Clinton as its first ever Democratic candidate for president, the paper was met with angry calls, cancelled subscriptions and death threats. In an op-ed this morning, publisher Mi-Ai Parrish recounted some of those threats, which included statements like “You’re dead. Watch your back,” “we will burn you down” and “you should be put in front of a firing squad as a traitor.” She described someone who called in and “invoked the name of Don Bolles,” an Arizona Republic reporter murdered four decades ago by a car bomb because of his investigative reporting, “and threatened that more of our reporters would be blown up because of the endorsement.”

“What is the response?” Parrish asks, before going on to deliver a perfect one, invoking two major themes: the first amendment, and the people behind the Republic who have had to deal with hate-filled invective in the aftermath...



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