In the late 60s, Michael Lacey moved to Arizona to attend school. Growing up in Newark, New Jersey, he had a different outlook on the world that he didn’t realize until he moved to Arizona. Arizona has a very conservative outlook on everything. He noticed that when the local media covered antiwar protests.
To combat that viewpoint, he founded a small newspaper called Phoenix New Times. The paper cultivated a small following, but things really heated up when Jim Larkin joined the team. By this time, both Lacey and Larkin dropped out, but they had enough experience to build one of the most respected papers in Arizona. Read more: Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund and Michael Lacey | Twitter
Eventually, they branched out and started buying other like-minded newspapers. Before long, they’d built the most respected media conglomerate in the nation, Village Voice Media. They ran VVM for the next few decades, before selling it to some other VVM executives in 2012.
Their careers are highlighted by numerous awards and honors. Underneath the surface, they’re still a little rattled by the battle with a corrupt sheriff. It’s not so much the harassment and abuse they faced. It’s more about how openly Joe Arpaio tormented them without facing any consequence. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://frontpageconfidential.com/michael-lacey-jim-larkin-arpaio-frontera-fund-first-amendment/ and http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/blogs/az-aclu-honors-new-times-founders-jim-larkin-and-mike-lacey-as-civil-libertarians-of-the-year-6500737
In the end, Arpaio lost his job and faced going to prison. Even so, he still got away with doing a lot of horrible things. If wasn’t for Phoenix New Times, Arpaio would have continued his reign of terror. Mostly, he abused women and Latinos, but he’d mistreatment anyone that challenged him as well.
In fact, most of the times he used his authority, it was to silence his critics or destroy his rivals. Phoenix New Times was the first news source that didn’t back down. No matter how hard Arpaio came at them, they continued exposing his misdeeds.
To shut them up, Arpaio had them arrested in the middle of the night. No one knew what actually happened until it was all over. Arpaio used fake subpoenas and warrants to give himself the opportunity to personally interrogate Lacey and Larkin on his terms. Part of his terms included separating them and going after them one at a time.
He failed and lost his badge. Before being sentenced, President Trump pardoned him. Trump and Arpaio worked together to try to prove that Obama’s birth certificate wasn’t real. Arpaio even launched a full investigation into Obama before Trump announced his candidacy for President.