The East Valley Tribune is a pale reflection of its former Pulitzer-prize-winning self, thanks to the journalism-light business model of its current owner, 10/13 Communications. That's why we were initially stunned when we saw a Trib reporter had penned an article about a murder-mystery a couple of ... More >>
The alternative weekly newspaper of Tucson, the aptly named Tucson Weekly, has been sold.A company called 10/13 Communications purchased the Weekly, as well as another newspaper in Tucson, Inside Tucson Business, which is also published weekly.
Most places in the United States are not dominated by a single personality. Sure, in Washington, President Obama's every movement is news, and in New York, it's Gotham's mayor who garners the most media time. Yet here, in the nation's sixth-biggest city and fourth-biggest county, not a week goes b ... More >>
The Arizona Guardian, a local political news site once held up as a possible model for a declining news industry, has gone belly-up. As of today, the Guardian's site is off the air, sounding the death knell that it has been "terminated." The site launched in January of 2009, backed financially by ... More >>
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is 79 years old. He's also running for a sixth term as sheriff, as he announced yesterday."For all those critics that demonstrate in front of my office for three years, calling me every name in the book, I'm going to announce right now on your show, on your sh ... More >>
There probably aren't too many people as happy to see 2011 come to an end as Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio -- the 79-year-old sheriff had a particularly rough year in the PR department.Sadly, the sheriff's actions (and in some cases his inaction) often reflect poorly on Arizona and the peopl ... More >>
Attention GOP congressmen: grow a set, would ya?Since the old, 2009 Pulitzer Prize-worthy tale of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's 432 botched sex-crime investigations was thrust into the national spotlight thanks to an oddly timed Associated Press article last week, two of Arizona's three De ... More >>
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio apologized today to the victims of El Mirage sex-crimes cases that went uninvestigated due to incompetent police work under his watch."Sometimes these kinds of things occur in big departments like (the Maricopa sheriff's office)," Arpaio said during a press conf ... More >>
New York Times "We're not always who you think we are," Vargas writes of illegal immigrants. "Some pick your strawberries...[others] write news articles you might read." An illegal immigrant on the Washington Post reporting team that won a Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the Virginia ... More >>
TwitterNo hash pipe for McCain, but his stupidity has scored him his own hashtagGuess I've heard the last from U.S. Senator John McCain's haughty, over-paid flack Brooke Buchanan.Yesterday, in the midst of a PR meltdown that's turned McCain (once again) into a political laughingstock, his office iss ... More >>
In the 24-hour news cycle, it can be difficult to keep up. We have the solution. Check back on Valley Fever every evening for highlights from each of New Times' blogs. Today's entries:
www.washingtonpost.comSari Horwitz, plagiarist, was slapped on the wrist for ripping off the Arizona Republic's work.Despite what your journalistic ethics professor may tell you in J-school, plagiarizing won't get you fired from a newspaper -- as long as you work at the Washington Post, anyway.Ye ... More >>
www.girlsjustwannahavefunds.comThe Washington Post has a little egg on its face today -- this morning, the newspaper admitted to the most serious offense in the news biz: plagiarism. The victim: the Arizona Republic.The WP published a formal apology to the Phoenix-based newspaper today, admitting ... More >>
Stargazers revere Arizona Robert Burnham Jr., creator of the most complete, practical, inspirational book ever written about the night sky. But like so many people of genius, he would spend his last years alone and destitute.