Feathered Bastard

Joe Arpaio's Top 10 Outrageous PR Stunts

Sheriff Joe Arpaio cracks the whip, and his neutered poodles in the press jump through the hoops.

From female chain gangs and inmate coloring contests to investigating President Obama's birth certificate and putting inmates on bread and water for defacing American flag stickers, Arpaio's pre-packaged tales fill news holes in every medium, from local TV to the Associated Press to the Huntington Post and beyond.

This rotten brain candy is pumped out by Arpaio's team of taxpayer-financed publicists, led by middle-aged media guru Lisa Allen, who has built a lucrative career around keeping Maricopa County's geriatric top gendarme on the boob tube and beyond.

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