Joe Arpaio's Shoes Spit-Shined by Phoenix Magazine

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Kudos from Joe: the last thing any journalist wants...

Most of the media types in this town have no problem donning their kneepads for Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

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Even in the wake of Judge G. Murray Snow's decision finding Arpaio and many in his beige stain of a department to be serial racists, the local TV news idgits fall all over themselves to pander to Joe's every move. Like auctioning off his sling from his slip-and-fall.

Why should Phoenix Magazine be any different? I'm amazed it took the pub this long to blow Sheriff Joe in print, as it does in the July issue, finally kicking the Valley's top doctors and summer getaway tips off the cover.

The only surprising thing about PM's heave-inducing profile of our octogenarian autocrat, titled, get this, "Notorious J.O.E.," is that it was penned by former New Times scribe Niki D'Andrea.

Sure, D'Andrea was not a hard news gal during her time with us. But given New Times' battles with Arpaio over the years, and given that D'Andrea always had solid editors here, I would've expected more from her, if not the mag.

The issue will be on newsstands June 20, but a subscriber sent me a copy of the article. I don't think I'm exaggerating by much to say that it hits a new low in obsequious puffery.

Arpaio has Tweeted about it, calling it a "fair article." This, before he headed over to the mag's July issue "launch party."

The profile could have been composed by Arpaio's chief flack Lisa Allen. The title alone, a hip-hop reference sure to be missed by Arpaio and Phoenix Magazine's many ancient readers, telegraphs a motive: PM wants to make Arpaio seem cool.

"You know Joe," reads the subhead. "But do you know the Elvis-busting, opium-seizing, Sinatra-singing, racially profiled Notorious J.O.E.?"

Catch that "racially profiled"? The phrase here refers to Arpaio's claim to D'Andrea that he's been a victim of discrimination.

"The irony is, they accuse me of racial profiling," he says. "When I grew up, they used to call me 'wop' and 'deigo' [sic] and 'goombah,' all this shit. Now if you say one word -- Hispanic -- you're a racist and everything else."



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Paulie
Paulie

The hateful commenters here are obviously hypocrites. If you're really so liberal and open-minded and appalled by social injustice, why are you throwing around the word "faggot" like it's 1980? 

Mikey1969
Mikey1969

Cornelius offers her readers this cockamamie line about how the magazine decided to do an article on Joe and "do it right" by spending a "day with him in Tent City," eating lunch with him and chatting with Ava.

They say this shit like nobody has ever interviewed him before. They've also ignored 20 years of journalistic blowjobs from around the globe.

So yeah, I'm confused about how you do an article about Joe "the right way", promising to cover  him from "both sides of the aisle", and then completely ignore the items that have generated the actual controversy. All this was was the typical pro-Joe puff piece, of which there have been roughly 5 million to date.

Can any of the Arpaio fans stop sucking him off long enough to explain how this article is any different? I understand Lemmons' frustration here. You'd think an ex-New Times writer would have heard of a few of these events.

James Rate-McIntyre
James Rate-McIntyre

Wait, so a piece that casts him in a warm light is disgusting, but a constant stream of disgust and criticism is totally fine? How does that make you more "balanced" than them? In this article you viciously call out a former employee and take personal shots at them for having the AUDACITY to print something you don't agree with, you deride a magazine that has been publishing for over 40 years as "crap" because they wrote a positive article about someone you don't like, and you compare Joe's prison system to Russian gulags which literally claimed the lives of over a million people. Yet somehow THEY are the ones who wrote a biased, delusional fluff piece and have zero shred of journalistic integrity, right? The only delusional thing about any of this is the fact that I was somehow surprised that an article that led off with a joke about fellatio was this full of hypocrisy. Grow up, New Times. Your arguments would seem a lot more impassioned if they weren't coming from people who spout off spiteful, retaliatory blogs like a 13 year-old girl whenever someone upsets them.

Mikey1969
Mikey1969

 To her credit, she mentions that the 1999 James Saville case was a set-up and Saville was ultimately found not guilty of plotting to bomb Joe.

I've never understood why someone wasn't held accountable for this. I am typing this with a straight face. Why was a real investigation of this never done? There was no reason to trump this up, except to give Arpaio time in front of the cameras and to make people feel sorry for him. This wasn't the kind of entrapment where they know they have a bad guy and botch the arrest. This wasn't a drug dealer that got approached by a cop to buy drugs(classic entrapment), this was a guy who was set up from the beginning, and was approached cold by a cop looking to set someone up.

Arpaio should have NEVER escaped from that one unscathed, getting someone arrested on bogus charges that coud carry more than 20 years in prison so that you can get on TV is the type of shit that should have gotten Arpaio himself arrested, not re-elected.

God, I'm glad I got out of that place. Maricopa County deserves Joe. Sure, a lot of his votes come from snowbirds, but Jesus Christ, are you people REALLY that lazy that you couldn't sign a goddam piece of paper?

Lucia Perry
Lucia Perry

Arpaio is a snake, vermin, that any civilized state would have gotten rid of years ago.

elvagotrago
elvagotrago

Arpaio owns your azz.  Now put on the pink panties, chico.

Mikey1969
Mikey1969

 "The irony is, they accuse me of racial profiling," he says. "When I grew up, they used to call me 'wop' and 'deigo' [sic] and 'goombah,' all this shit.

Yeah Joe, those are racist statements. They're also from 60 or 70 years ago. It's the way the world worked back then. This is about NOW. We all got called names when we were kids, but when's the last time the police pulled you over specifically because you looked like a wop, a dago or a goombah, and then put you in jail, leaving you there even after it was established that you were a legal citizen of the United States, and had done nothing wrong?

See the difference? Of course you don't. The only people who currently think they are more persecuted than you right now are the Christian Right, you guys are like peas in a pod.

Comparing other kids fucking with you when you were a kid to what you have encouraged your department to do is like comparing apples and shattered windshields, the situations couldn't be more different.

Tara Bentley
Tara Bentley

Oh joy, I was hoping it would not be an ass kissing article. I've been putting off reading it as well.

Tara Oakes
Tara Oakes

I've been putting off reading the article since the issue came in the mail. Although, my mom's mock vomit noise when she saw the cover was amazing.

Johnny5
Johnny5

Lemons comes off as a butthurt little baby in this article - crying because an article was as vicious as he'd like. Some publications actually care about being objective. What a piece of trash. 

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967

Joe's a human being? I had no idea. 

I thought he was a Nazi...He does things comparable to what Hitler did to Germans during the Great Depression and WWII.

For example, Hitler ordered the mass roundup of German Jewish citizens. 

Arpaio orders the mass roundup of American Latino citizens. 

Hitler designed concentration camps for the mass extermination of said German Jewish citizens. 

Arpaio designed Tent City as a concentration camp for the extermination of presumed innocent inmates. 

Hitler was delusional (he continued to claim that Germany could prevail in WWII, even when it was inevitable Germany would lose). 

Arpaio is delusional in that he can win his appeal at the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.

Hitler ordered German Jewish citizens to wear bright yellow Stars of David on their shoulders to identify them as Jewish. 

Arpaio orders his male inmates to wear pink underwear. 

Hitler cost Germany hundreds of millions of dollars associated with the costs of his Jewish citizen roundups, running the concentration camps, exterminating the German Jewish citizens, and the costs of WWII in military dead, all because Hitler defied the Treaty of Versailles. 

Arpaio costs Maricopa County hundreds of millions of dollars associated with the costs of his American Latino roundups (sweeps, employer sanction raids, etc), Tent City (which Arpaio himself refers to as a concentration camp), the killings, injuries and maimings that occur within the jails (Scott Norberg, Rich Post, Marty Atencio all come to mind) and the costs of continuing to pay his lawsuit settlements and legal fees. All because Arpaio is not AZPOST certified and has 6 months law-enforcement experience from 1955.  

(I do apologize if I offended any Americans with German heritage or any American Jewish folk. I mean solely to compare Maricopa County's octogenarian shurf to the most evil man in history. The atrocities of the Hitler era should never happen. Ever)


loosecannonsbluesban
loosecannonsbluesban

Why are you all so mean to this person who uses the acronym "JoeArpaioFan"?  He's just a little troll, needing to get responses to his posts so he can show his corporate masters in the prison industrial complex so he can get paid.  The more you respond to his inane posts, the more encouraged he is to get more of your hackles to rise up.  The ONLY way to deal with a troll is to do this one thing: DO NOT FEED THE TROLL!!!!!!!!  I've said this a hundred times before, but you're not listening and still respond to his posts.  So I'll explain it in laymans terms.  Feeding the troll is synonymous with responding to its  posts.  Okay?  So, I'll go over that again - if you respond to one of the troll's posts, it will be "fed" and will do it again, looking for more "food".  Get it now?  Okay, let's see if the next ignoramous who feeds the troll can do so in ten, nine, eight, seven . . . . .

sarum
sarum

'deigo' . . was that an intentional misspelling of dago?

Tommy_Collins
Tommy_Collins

The elderly elected official was 'shot at'? Really?

Just like the time when he was with DEA and was 'kidnapped'. Really?

The answer, of course, is NO.

That I'm aware of, their has never been verification that he has been shot at, ever, or kidnapped, ever.

It's too bad the writer didn't mention that the elderly elected official is mentally ill.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

Arpaio is about as far as one can get from being an "American Icon."  He and his supporters don't know the first thing about what it means to be an American.

DNichols
DNichols

You can polish a Turd all day long, but in the end it is still a TURD.

Arpaio's track record of Racism, In Custody "Wrongful Deaths", Hundreds of ignored cases of Child Abuse, including RAPE, and his Racial Profiling including arresting U.S. Citizens because their skin is brown will speak for itself!

Arpaio is a TURD.

Cozz
Cozz

A blow job in print, wonder where that came from brother ?....LOL

Now the only question is, did Nikki swallow too.....

robert_graham
robert_graham

Why is it that it seems that every article Lemons writes is next to ads for faggot shit?  This is one of the stupidest articles that Lemons has written.

Lemons has his nerve to say "Most of the media types in this town have no problem donning their kneepads for Sheriff Joe Arpaio" when most of his articles about Arpaio is just the opposite. 

Mr. Lemons, how about if you shut the fuck up.

MotherJones
MotherJones

You are a major dumbass. He's calling this chick out on gobbling this old fascist's knob in print. And he gives detail on why the piece sucks. No he doesn't mince words. He shldnt. Sorry, u can't do an positive piece on our version of Idi Amin.

MotherJones
MotherJones

@Johnny5 Lemons goes through the piece, line by line, eviscerating it. He's pissed. So what? Everyone with sense should be pissed at this bullshit.

JaffyTheClown
JaffyTheClown

@Johnny5  

JaffyBoy is the only one butthurt here, somebody is cutting in on his blowjob time with Arpaio.

Cozz
Cozz

@Johnny5  

You are right Johnny, the Phoenix Magazine is just that, trash.

Cozz
Cozz

@loosecannonsbluesban  

Problem is with Jaffy, if you don't respond and show everyone what a faggot punk he is, he will fill up the pages with his never ending bullshit.

DNichols
DNichols

@ Tommy Collins

I think as Life Pals,  Sheriff Babeu attempted Both?!

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967

@shadeaux14  

Sheriff Pat Garrett, the killer of Billy the Kid, is more of an icon that Arpaio. And he too had no law-enforcement experience. 

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967

@JoeArpaioFan  

Arpaio already tried that Robert. He's on the hook personally for all damages NT incurred as a result of his Gestapo-like tactics. 

Cozz
Cozz

Oh, and one more thing, how about you try and make him shut the fuck up Pussy.

Cozz
Cozz

@JoeArpaioFan  

Whats a matter Jaffy, you jealous someone else is giving Bozo Joe Arpaio blow job besides you ?


Maybe you should suck a little harder and you won't have this problem with others cutting in on your man...

IdontRecall
IdontRecall

@JAFFYDUCK, I think that as long U sleep under the RACIST's bed U don't have 2 worry about others getting down on their knees ....well, maybe U should keep an eye on HillBoiRedneck. Another thing U could do is buy all the kneepads all over the State, at least U would dimminish the threat a little bit.LOL.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

BTW - I am sure you know all about 'donning kneepads for Sheriff Joe Airpaio"

Sounds like you are jealous that others are moving in on your action

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@JoeArpaioFan  

Ads are targeted to the users browsing history.... 

So if you are seeing gay ads and don't want to, maybe you need to stop surfing gay porn and dating sites

dennis20
dennis20 topcommenter

@JoeArpaioFan  You aren't going to like my answer but its true. I don't see those ads. You do because you obviuosly cruise those sites for whatever reason.  Google will do that to you. To bad. You just accidently came out of the closet. There is no need to be ashamed. 

MotherJones
MotherJones

And if ur really so fucking dumb that u don't know Phoenix mag is shit then u probably don't know that u look like a homeless guy with that raggedy ads beard of IRS.

loosecannonsbluesban
loosecannonsbluesban

@Cozz @loosecannonsbluesban Let's not refer to him/her by name anymore.  Can we agree to call it by its real name? "TROLL"  Again, the Troll is not interested in a discussion with anyone - he is not interested in imparting knowledge - he is only interested in getting replies to his posts.  The more replies, the more important he feels (and maybe the more money he makes from his corporate prison industrialist master).  It is IMPERATIVE that we do not feed this troll.  Each one of his posts which goes unanswered will feel like a failure to him and he will go away after a while.  Feed him and he will come back every time.  That's how trolls are.  Again, please - with respect - DO NOT FEED THE TROLLS

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

@Flyer9753 @JoeArpaioFan No "Gay ads here either. Only restaurant and rock band ads. But then, I wouldn't be offended if there were ads targeted for Gay people because, unlike Jaffy, I'm not homophobic.


I wonder how Jaffy reconciles his homophobia with his passionate yearning for Joe's "Baton"

kytfrkyigygguhuoug
kytfrkyigygguhuoug

 @dennis20 @JoeArpaioFan  I don't surf porn websites and I  see a lot of hard core porn ads on Lemmons' blog and they are annoying as hell.  That's what happens when you write for a magazine that is a front for the selling of Back Page child sex trafficking ads.

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