CBS 5 Follows Up on Joe Arpaio Report Wednesday, Channel 12's Joe Special a Disappointment
I just spoke with CBS 5/KPHO news producer Gilbert Zermeno, part of the award-winning team that put together the recent, blistering report on Sheriff Joe Arpaio's abuse of power that ran at the end of October. That's the one that featured reporter Morgan Loew's interview with former U.S. Attorney and straight-shooter David Iglesias, who said that based on the evidence he had seen and his own investigation he would seek an indictment of Arpaio.
Zermeno tells me that CBS 5 will run a follow-up to their October piece tomorrow, November 25, at 10 p.m., so set the TiVo. They broke some ground in their previous investigative report, particularly with the Iglesias interview, setting a high bar for themselves and others. I'm looking forward to what they broadcast Wednesday night.
Sheridan vs. Straus: The best part of the Channel 12 report
CBS 5's nearly 10-minute segment, I think, may have helped inspire Channel 12's recent half-hour long piece on the sheriff, entitled, "Arpaio: Above the Law." Sadly, Channel 12 really didn't deliver on the promise of that title. Instead, what resulted was a hastily-produced and not very well thought-out 30 minutes of air time, with the bulk of it going to lopsided panel discussions on Arpaio, and no new reporting at all, much less a comprehensive exploration Arpaio's more recent abuses.
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