Feb
27
2009

Fox Leads Immigration 'Race to the Bottom'

Immigrant rights advocate and independent journalist Roberto Lovato is worried (Huffington Post, 2/26/09) that Maricopa County, Arizona, Sheriff Department Detective Aaron Douglas "deals with the world's media more than most" when flacking for Joe Arpaio–"America's Toughest Sheriff"–"Though he is a local official, his is often the first voice heard by many of the foreign correspondents covering immigration in the United States": The proliferation of stories in international media and in global forums about the Guantánamo-like problems in the country's immigrant detention system–death, abuse and neglect at the hands of detention facility guards; prolonged and indefinite detention of immigrants (including children […]

Feb
21
2009

Racist Sheriff Hates Arizona Media Too

The February 18 Democracy Now! segment on Fox reality TV star Sheriff Joe Arpaio features Arizona's East Valley Tribune reporter Ryan Gabrielson telling Amy Goodman exactly how Arpaio's officers went to the homes of the two publishers for Phoenix New Times, which–there was an investigation being conducted into a case where New Times published Joe Arpaio's home address in its paper and online. And Arizona has a kind of interesting law where you're not allowed to publish online the address of law enforcement. And so the sheriff had been pushing our county attorney to do an investigation and prosecute the […]