News journalists Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey have catapulted into the news sphere again as they voiced their opinion on the recent controversial pardon of Joe Arpaio. Joe Arpaio, the then sheriff of Maricopa County in the past, has been a supporter of the trump presidency and this has worked in his favor.
He was accused of criminal acts related to racism and has managed to recieve a pardon and escape criminal proceedings. Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey have expressed their explicit disagreement to this pardon because of the Arpaio’s many previous wrongdoings.
Michael Lacey was always an avid newspaper reader, and after graduating from college, he began his own publication in 1970, called the New Times or Village Voice Media in Phoenix. Soon, Jim Larkin joined Mr Lacey’s team, and the newspaper began publishing on a weekly basis. The newspaper was initiated as a reaction to the then President Nixon’s active support of the Vietnam conflict and order for further expansion of war efforts.
New Times has been flagbearer of outspoken and individualistic publishing and delves into issues that are controversial and unique. This newspaper, steered by Lacey and Larkin, also was one of the first to develop a separate section devoted to arts, music and culture.
Larkin had a family to support and yet continued with the paper despite its struggles. At one time, the newspaper had a low reach and was in deep waters. Soon after, the New Times published a daring report called the Arizona Project. This was related to the murder of a journalist that no other newspaper wished to publish. This report greatly increased the circulation of New Times and established their reputation as a newspaper with fearless publishing.
Mr Larkin and Mr Lacey also exposed the alleged embezellment of funds by Sheriff Arpaio. The sheriff made several unexplained large-value transactions related to real estate. Read more: Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia and Michael Lacey | Twitter
These journalists published the questionable nature of these dealings and became a target for revenge by Arpaio. Arpaio also had a long history of violence, abuse, racism and brutality towards prison inmates. One night, Larkin and Lacey were arrested for breaking privacy laws of the grand jury.
These false charges were pinned onto them by Arpaio but were later rescinded by Mr Thomas. Larkin and Lacey then counter-charged Arpaio and Thomas with infringement of their fundamental rights. The newspapermen en won this lawsuit and were given the sum of 3.75 million dollars as compensation.
Larkin and Lacey are also founders of the Frontera Fund. This is a philanthropic organization that seeks to uphold the rights of the Hispanic section of society.
These people have been the victims of discrimination and racism in Arizona. Thus, Larkin and Lacey decided to use the money from the lawsuit to improve conditions for this community. The foundation also supports migrants and other minorities.
Finally, in Larkin and Lacey transferred the control of New Times to a set of colleagues in 2012. At that time, New Times had a massive outreach of almost 56 million readers. Through their dauntless efforts, Larkin and Lacey have created an indelible mark in investigative journalism.