United States District Judge, Susan R. Bolton, recently finalized President Donald Trump’s decision to pardon one of the countries most controversial authorities, Joe Arpaio. Self-proclaimed to be “America’s Toughest Sheriff,” his reign in office, which spanned 24 years, often crossed the line of ethics, legality, and constitutionality.
Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, the former heads of New Times Media, often bumped heads with the former Sheriff of Maricopa County, as they often published articles that addressed and criticized his crimes and misdeeds.
The boiling point occurred ten years ago when on the orders of Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey were arrested at their homes in unmarked police cars with Mexican plates. This arrest eventually led to a $3.75 million award in favor of Larkin and Lacey.
The 1970’s marked a dark period in political America, but the decade also signified a turning point in the way that news would be delivered, as well as the rise of a new audience. With protests turning up on college campuses throughout the nation, the public’s desire for an alternative source of news had infiltrated the mainstream crowd, as alternative newspapers popped in every major city around the country.
Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, dropouts of Arizona State University, begun getting increasingly involved with the anti-war crowd, particularly after learning of the tragedy that had just previously struck the Kent State University campus. In that same year, Michael Lacey, joined by a group of individuals who’d been moved by the political climate to act, created the first edition of the Phoenix New Times. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/ and http://frontpageconfidential.com/michael-lacey-jim-larkin-arpaio-frontera-fund-first-amendment/
Along with Frank Fiore, Karen Lofgren, and Hal Smith, Michael Lacey, heading the editorial processes, brought life to the publication and was later joined by Jim Larkin, whose addition would quickly improve the marketing department. The Phoenix New Times would make considerable leaps over the next couple of years, eventually securing ad spots for several reputable companies, in particular, J.C. Penny.
This move significantly increased the visibility of the Phoenix New Times, and as the decade came to a close, the team at Phoenix New Times decided to experiment with a number of additions that grow the popularity of the publication, most notably, the implementation of satirical cartoons, such as those by Bob Boze Bell. Read more: Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia and Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund
By the time the 1980’s rolled around, the Phoenix New Times had surmounted a number of obstacles, and in 1983, made their first major acquisition in the purchase of Westword, which had been launched by Patricia Calhoun in 1977.
A major expansion would follow this acquisition, and New Times Media would eventually become the home of many of the country’s most noteworthy alternative publications, including Nashville Scene, LA Weekly, OC Weekly, Miami New Times, and Village Voice.
This series of acquisitions would stretch Larkin and Lacey’s reached across the United States. Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey would stay with New Times Media for four decades, and in 2012, they decided to sell the company, choosing to focus on newer endeavors, such as The Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey Frontera Fund, and the website, FrontPage Confidential.