After the former Sheriff of Maricopa County, Joe Arpaio, was pardoned by President Donald Trump, erasing the chance of any jail time, U.S. District Judge, Susan R. Bolton, made the decision official; a move that surprised few. Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, longtime foes of “Sheriff Joe,” who were famously and unjustly rousted from their homes by Maricopa County Sheriff’s Deputies, continued their crusade to expose his many injustices by speaking to the media concerning President Trump’s decision.
Michael Lacey seemed to agree with Rex Tillerson’s assessment of President Trump, reiterating his “moron” statement, then proceed to lay out a condensed list of Joe Arpaio’s trespasses against humanity.
Joe Arpaio made national headlines when the conditions involving his jail, often referred to as “tent city,” came into the public eye. Instead of attempting to right the conditions, Sheriff Arpaio referred to tent city as his own personal “concentration camp,” continuing his harassment of minorities, particularly Latino’s, throughout the region.
In 1970, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey were simply two college dropouts living in the midst of the rapidly changing environment of the United States. With the Vietnam War in full force, protests began erupting throughout the country, particularly on college campuses.
In the wake of the Kent State Shooting, and already discouraged with the way the traditional media was covering the war, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, along with a group of their peers, including Nick Stupey, Hal Smith, Karen Lofgren, and Frank Fiore, decided to enact change by taking advantage of the nation’s budding desire for an alternative take on current events.
Later that year, they published their inaugural issue of the Phoenix New Times – a free weekly print paper that delivered perspectives that were in stark contrast to the ideology of mainstream 1970’s America. Eventually, Michael Lacey would take on the role of Executive Editor, while Jim Larkin, already married with children, would handle the marketing aspects of the newspaper.
This proved to be a formidable combination due to Michael Lacey and his team’s staunch commitment to presenting an accurate description of the times, and Jim Larkin, who had increased motivation due to his family responsibilities, kicking off a campaign that would convince established companies to place adds in their fledgling paper. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427427/Jim_Larkin and http://james-larkin.com/press/
Throughout the 1970’s the company continued to grow exponentially, and by the early 1980’s, they would acquire the Denver area newspaper, Westword – a move that would lead to the acquisition of 16 additional papers, spreading their message from coast to coast.
Eventually, these acquisitions would come to include world-renowned print papers such as LA Weekly, Village Voice, Nashville Scene, and OC Weekly. After years of growing their company, New Times Inc, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey decided to step down, selling their stakes to a few longstanding executives.
Today, the team of Larkin and Lacey continue to focus on human rights, consistently pushing the Frontera Fund, and they recently decided to delve back into the world of journalism with the launch of FrontPage Confidential.