Joe Arpaio's Top 10 Outrageous PR Stunts
Sheriff Joe Arpaio cracks the whip, and his neutered poodles in the press jump through the hoops.
From female chain gangs and inmate coloring contests to investigating President Obama's birth certificate and putting inmates on bread and water for defacing American flag stickers, Arpaio's pre-packaged tales fill news holes in every medium, from local TV to the Associated Press to the Huntington Post and beyond.
This rotten brain candy is pumped out by Arpaio's team of taxpayer-financed publicists, led by middle-aged media guru Lisa Allen, who has built a lucrative career around keeping Maricopa County's geriatric top gendarme on the boob tube and beyond.
Some of these ditties are non-news items, nuggets of pure stupidity that the media nonetheless regurgitates uncritically. Others are cruel, involve millions in wasted county resources, the abuse of civil liberties and plain ol' injustice.
Anyway, here follow ten out of hundreds of outrageous media gimmicks, or "Joe shows," that Arpaio's pulled over the years. If I didn't include your favorite, tell us about it in the comments, and maybe we'll include it in a sequel to this post.
10.) Arpaio salivates over the prospect of putting Paris Hilton in stir
Arpaio does his best to glom on to whatever's trending, like when he offered to imprison socialite Paris Hilton after she violated the terms of her sentence on a 2006 Los Angeles DUI arrest. Though there was zero chance of his offer being taken up by L.A. officials, Joe still scored time on cable, flapping his lips about this grotesque fantasy of putting Paris in stripes.