They have been representing the free and alternative media in the United States for a very long time. It is how they started the Phoenix News Times together when the local press wasn’t disclosing both sides of the story about the students’ protests against the war.
Michael Lacey used to take care of the journalism and reporting side of the business while Jim Larkin used to take care of the business and advertising aspect of the business. The primary goal of Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin was to bring truth to the people irrespective of how bitter or sweet it is.
It is commonly seen these days that the truth is twisted, modified, and decorated by the media before it is presented to the local public. It is done to suit their agenda, and it has in many ways created a rift in the society among different groups of people, and many misconceptions have laid foundations in the community across the globe due to unethical reporting by individual sections of the media.
Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey have been outspoken from the very beginning and irrespective of how strong or powerful the opposition, they have never compromised their journalistic values to compromise truth. It is why they decided to report to the Phoenix New Times about the grand jury investigation.
The grand jury investigation in Arizona leads to the subpoenas being sent to the writers, editors, and in some instances, even the readers of the newspapers. It was and is a direct insult to the constitution of the United States, and Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey decided to stand up to this outright abuse of the power by the local enforcement agencies.
It is what led to their arrest from their home on the orders of the Maricopa County Sherriff Joe Arpaio. He was well-known in the state to be against the immigrants and the minorities, and the atrocities conducted by him against the immigrants and the prisoners in the Tent City jail was well-known.
On many occasions, the Village Voice Media, the media company owned by Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey covered the wrongdoings of Joe Arpaio, but to no avail.
However, the arrest of Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey became a large-scale national campaign, and millions of people joined the protest and the outcry against the arrest of Larkin and Lacey. It was unfair on all grounds and later on the court acquitted Larkin and Lacey and convicted Joe Arpaio for wrongful arrest.
However, the current United States President Donald Trump granted him pardon. Even though many people feel that the pardon given by Donald Trump to Joe Arpaio is unfair, many others believe that it is the smartness of Joe Arpaio that led him to run scot-free today. He was the one who supported Donald Trump during his election campaign, and all that Trump is doing now is returning the favor.