Sunday, October 21, 2007
Brave New Times
Phoenix and national media are buzzing about the Grand Jury indictment, arrest and subsequent dropping of charges against two Phoenix New Times newspaper owners for printing the address of Maricopa County Sheriff and publicity hound Joe Arpaio on their web site.. What has been overlooked is that Arpaio's home address is easily found on public record websites. Why haven't these been targeted? The whole matter is an embarrassment for Arpaio and Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas. Maybe these two should lie really low for awhile... First Amendment issues aside, this was a colossal blunder on their part. I guess Arpaio and Thomas don't believe in freedom of speech, unless it's for them to spew out their outrageous accusations against media coverage they don't agree with.