By Amy Silverman
By Olivia LaVecchia
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By Weston Phippen
I first began to suspect we had been fed lies--that our coverage of Governor Symington was fatally flawed--about a year ago. New Times' chief security guard, Darrell Gibson, arrived at work one morning in a brand-new pickup truck. It was a Ford--a Lou Grubb Ford. Gibson claimed to have obtained yet another set of the "Annette Tapes," and as we played the recordings, for the first time I asked myself the obvious questions: Would a sophisticate like Fife Symington really use the words "sugar lips"? And who was this Lou Grubb?
Carefully and quietly, I set about investigating the factual basis for our Symington series. One thing became clear very quickly: If you tracked back far enough, virtually all of the negative information we obtained about Governor Symington was somehow Grubb-influenced, Grubb-linked or Grubb-tainted.
At this point, I must admit, I considered dropping my inquiry. Governor Symington had been indicted on 23 federal counts; the name of Grubb was still unmentioned. And to tell the truth, I was scared. If nothing else, my research had shown that Lou Grubb was no one to mess around with.
About that time, however, the Arizona Republic assigned its computer-enhanced investigative A-to-B team reporter, Bill Muller, to investigate New Times from A to B, using computers. After one short talk with this guy, I knew I didn't want to speak to him again. He had already uncovered the connections between New Times and Amway. It was only a matter of time until Muller made the Grubb connection and discovered that Grubb was transmitting subliminal, negative messages about Symington through his TV and radio commercials--which explains why they are so nonsensical and annoying.
I decided that there was only one reasonable course of conduct available: full confession and resignation. I can now rest again at night and begin building an honest future. I hope that future includes hard, decent work that helps repair the political and economic damage my negligence has caused. Toward that end, I am actively discussing employment opportunities with both the state Department of Commerce and CORE Properties, among others.
And as I move forward, I urge New Times readers to move forward, too, and open their hearts and minds to Governor Symington, who never did any bad stuff, no matter what Lou Grubb says.