One of the most significant problems with the world today is that the most trusted source of information and news, which are media houses and newspapers, aren’t trusted anymore by the people. It is primarily because most of the most prominent newspapers and news channels are owned and operated by the big corporations, who want to manipulate the public to create rumors and thought shift as per their ideology and benefits.
Many alternative media houses across the globe are cropping up to ensure that the truth is presented to the people without any twists and biased influence. One of the biggest alternative media companies in the United States is Village Voice Media, which publishes newspapers like Phoenix New Times and New Times.
Village Voice Media is owned by Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, who have supported truth and independent journalism from the time they were in college. It is how they started Phoenix New Times when the local media channels were not reporting clearly and falsely about the protests held by students against the war.
Recently, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey came into the limelight for being arrested during the late hours of the night on the orders of Joe Arpaio, Maricopa County Sheriff. Joe Arpaio has often featured on the news reporting of Larkin and Lacey due to his wrongdoings, especially against the minority communities in the region. Read more: Michael Lacey | Crunchbase and Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund
Many Hispanic people were the targets of the oppression by Joe Arpaio, and the people who raised voice against him were also penalized. It is what caused the people as well as the media houses to stay silent on what he used to do mostly. Joe Arpaio is also infamously called America’s Toughest Sheriff.
The arrest of Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin shook entire country as their only crime was to do their job and to give people with the news they deserve to know about. Joe Arpaio was upset for the report on Phoenix New Times about the Grand Jury Investigations in which the news editor, reporter, journalists, writer, and even the readers were subpoena.
The arrest of Jim and Michael created a stir in the media fraternity, and many other channels joined the bandwagon and raised their voice against the oppression and misuse of power by Joe Arpaio, but even after all that pressure by the entire nation, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey were kept in prison and interrogated for 24 days.
Later on, Larkin and Lacey filed the lawsuit against the sheriff and the law enforcement agency, which they won after a long and gruesome battle. The state even gave Larkin and Lacey the compensation amount of $3.7 million for the traumatic experience they had to endure.
The court of law convicted Joe Arpaio for wrongfully ordering the arrest of Larkin and Lacey, but entire nation was shocked when US President Donald Trump granted him pardon recently. So, Joe Arpaio would be walking free again without serving any jail time, but it is said that Trump returned the favor to the sheriff as Joe Arpaio also supported Trump during his election campaign.