It is not a surprise that liberal newspaper moguls Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey do not see eye-to-eye with the former conservative Sheriff of Maricopa (AZ) county, Joe Arpaio. When Arpaio was pardoned by newly elected President of the United States, Donald Trump, the two could not sit idly by.
They launched a campaign against the move that they say was strictly politically motivated. The heavily controversial sheriff had arrested both of the men back in 2007 for “revealing grand jury secrets”, or as Larkin and Lacey would say, “for telling the truth about the sheriff’s corruption”.
The charges were later dropped and ever since Larkin and Lacey have refused to keep quiet about Arpaio’s shady practices. The pair sued and the county agreed to pay them a settlement of $3.75 million.
Michael Lacey said of the move by Trump, “This is the perfect marriage of two corrupt individuals”. Larking chimed in on Arpaio saying, “He was a terrible sheriff, a terrible jailer.” Lacey thinks that the only reason for Arpaio’s pardon was for President Trump to gain points from his base of voters, who largely want a closed border. Learn more about Michael Lacey Jim Larkin: http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/blogs/az-aclu-honors-new-times-founders-jim-larkin-and-mike-lacey-as-civil-libertarians-of-the-year-6500737
Larkin and Lacey say that they will use the money that was awarded to them for their false arrest to form the Frontera Fund. This fund will provide grant money to organizations in Arizona that fight for migrant rights in the state. You can just about bet that as long as Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey are alive, they will fight against Arpaio, Trump, and anyone else who decides to play politics with the lives of others, immigrant or not.
Michael Lacey grew up in a working class family in Newark, New Jersey. After high school he attended Arizona State University. It turns out that college wasn’t Lacey’s cup of tea and soon after he dropped out of ASU, the entrepreneurial bug hit him. He did not care for the media coverage of the local anti-war protests so he and two other students launched a liberal newspaper they call the Phoenix New Times. Read more: Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund and Michael Lacey | Crunchbase
One of those students who helped launch the Phoenix New Times was fellow ASU dropout, Jim Larkin, who had grown up in the Phoenix area.
With Lacey as the executive editor and Larkin scouring for advertisers, the weekly newspaper found an audience among the liberal young people that dominated college campuses. By 1983, the New Times had grown into a fully operation newspaper and the pair purchased Denver, Colorado’s largest independent alternative newspaper, the Westword.
That was the first of many acquisitions and over the next 20 years, the pair had a newspaper conglomerate made up of 17 liberal newspapers across the United States. The newspaper group was now worth several millions of dollars, with a readership in the millions.