By Amy Silverman
By Olivia LaVecchia
By Monica Alonzo and Stephen Lemons
By Chris Parker
By Michael Lacey
By Weston Phippen
Well, except for Ankarlo taking the equivalent of talk-radio welfare, puckering up to the government tit in the form of man-boob Candy Thomas, whose office, according to KTAR news director Russ Hill, purchased the opportunity to sponsor the book tour at an untold sum. Hill wouldn't divulge how much public moolah was spent on the sponsorship, which earns Candy the right to put a county attorney bookmark in dumbass Darrell's Sombrero at book signings, and gets the CA's office mentioned in commercials and KTAR newsletters.
Sounds like a good deal for Ankarlow-brow, as the hard-right gasbag's time slot currently ranks seventh in the Valley, according to industry analysts at Arbitron — way behind the conservative blowhards over at KFYI 550 AM.
What does Candy get out of it? Well, it is an election year, so he gets to fellate his base, made up of the sort of wing-nuts who would purchase what Ankarlo's selling.
(Presumably, KTAR gets the dolo from the county, but it's KTAR that pays Ankarlo's salary. The book, of course, reaps the rewards of this odd advertising arrangement.)
This tweeter dialed up Thomas' flack, Mike Scerbo, to ask about the funds used in the transaction, whether they were from the regular budget or from RICO loot. Might the moolah be from the county attorney's re-election fund? Seems unlikely, seeing that KTAR's been pimping the County Attorney's Office logo rather than the man, and the fact that Thomas prefers using the county's dime to get himself reelected — whether we're talking about his so-called public-service announcements (which bear the county attorney's imprimatur and, presumably, are paid for by his office), the county attorney's ever-proliferating cluster of Web sites, or the 600,000 crime-prevention booklets Thomas had stuffed in Valley dailies to the tune of at least $215,000.
Scerbo, who was KTAR's news director before taking the $80K-plus-a-year gig with the county, claimed no knowledge of the deal, suggesting that a public-records request would be necessary for New Times to find out any details.
This the Bird dutifully filed, but requiring a formal request for information is just a stonewalling ploy by Thomas' office. Scerbo still hasn't gotten back to The Bird about a public-records request submitted in February.
So much for Arizona's vaunted public-records law, or for the county's top legal authority obeying a law that gets in the way. Wouldn't want the press to gather more hard evidence that the County Attorney's Office is wasting public money on another propaganda campaign.
Jon Justice Update.
The folks over at Derechos Humanos have done a great job of keeping the pressure on the sponsors of Jon Justice�s show. �Sponsor� may be a strong term, since many bought their time as a package and didn�t realize that they would be affiliated with the show.
According to Derechos, the following sponsors have withdrawn their support of the show:
Main Gate Square Patio Pools & Spa The Auto Body Shop Advanced Recon Aung Foot Health Clinics Sol Cars The Wildcat House We should all patronize these buisisnesses and let them know that we thank them.
"Further, the husband, RUSSELL KEITH PEARCE, is possessed of a violent temper, and has from time to time hit and shoved the wife, the last time being on February 3 , when he grabbed the wife by the throat and threw her down."
"LuAnne Pearce's sworn, notarized signature on the document makes a case that he did."
"Anyone else catch that whiff of hypocrisy in the air?"
ON CHANNEL-12 NEWS LAST NIGHT??? THEY MENTIONED THAT "PEARCE" HAD A "LONG HISTORY" OF VOTING "AGAINST" BILLS, THAT WOULD'VE "PROTECTED WOMEN FROM VIOLENCE".. FURTHERMORE.. THEY MENTIONED THAT THERE WAS AN ORGANIZATION, THAT HAD BEEN KEEPING TRACK OF HIS "ANTI-PROTECTION" VOTING HISTORY. TALK ABOUT "hypocrisy"..!! HA!!ONE MORE THING, THEY DID GIVE YOU (NEW TIMES) FULL CREDIT FOR UNCOVERING THIS INFO.
"hate-station 104.1 FM........crackpot anti-illegal agitator Roy Warden"
"As for Warden? He's infamous for going around Tucson burning Mexican flags, and getting in trouble with the local police for threatening to blow peoples' heads off"
"She just hoisted Joe's mug."
"HATE JOCK" IN THE "OLD PUEBLO"??? THIS GUY MUST BE A "crackpot", TO BE THINKING, SOMEONE IS ACUTALLY PAYING HIM ANY MIND IN THE "LEFTY'PROGRESSIVE" SOUTHERN AZ, ALMOST, BORDER TOWN.. HA!! I WOULD BE WILLING TO BET, HE HAS FEW LISTENERS (OTHER THAN THE HATE MONITORING GROUPS)!! GO FIGURE?? THIS GUY IS OK WITH "threatening to blow peoples' heads off", BUT OUTRAGED BY SOMEONE HOLDING "BOZO JOE'S MUG"?? THE LAST TIME I CHECKED?? TUCSON, IS IN "PIMA" COUNTY, WHAT BUISNESS DOES THE "MARICOPA COUNTY SHERIFF" HAVE DOWN THERE, ANYHOW?? WHAT THIS "RIGHTY CONSERVO" NEEDS TO BE ASKING IS??? WHO FUNDED JOES "BIG HOOPLA/MEDIA CIRCUS" IN DOWN THERE IN THE FIRST PLACE?? MAYBE, THEN HE WOULD "FINALLY" GET WHY THE TAXPAYERS (IN MARICOPA) HAVE HAD ENOUGH OF "Nickel Bag Joe"!!
"man-boob Candy Thomas"
WHAT.... HE HAS AN AGENDA?? "Thomas had stuffed in Valley dailies to the tune of at least $215,000." HA!! (LOL)...., AND THE "Ankkkarlo", LISTENERS THINK HE WAS DOING IT, BECAUSE HE CARES ABOUT THE "TAXPAYERS"!! THEY JUST DON'T KNOW IT WAS "ON THEIR DIME"!!!