Feathered Bastard

Joe Arpaio Recall: Arizona Republic's Falsehoods, Hypocrisy, and Delusional Self-Importance

When you're the editorial board of the newspaper of record in a benighted patch of sand like Maricopa County, I suspect it's easy to fall prey to self-deception and confuse 20/20 hindsight with omniscience.

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Particularly if your collective voice is the only one you listen to, as is the case with the wannabe know-it-alls who say grace over the unsigned opinion pieces of the Arizona Republic.

Convincing others of your omniscience, that's a harder nut. The Rep's mediocre high muck-a-mucks think themselves capable of Orwellian mind-tricks, and like Soviet-era Pravda can simply make revisionist history a reality by declaring it so.

Take the latest asinine offering from the Rep's editorial board, which would have you believe that all the organizers of the failed recall of Sheriff Joe Arpaio needed was "patience."

Alas, if only the recall committee Respect Arizona had waited for federal Judge G. Murray Snow's recent ruling in the racial profiling lawsuit Melendres v. Arpaio, success would have been inevitable.

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Stephen is a former staff writer and columnist at Phoenix New Times.
Contact: Stephen Lemons