Feathered Bastard

Joe Arpaio's Top 10 Outrageous PR Stunts

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7.) Arpaio messes with the slop he feeds inmates.

Fourth estaters can't get enough of Arpaio messin' with inmates, especially when he's messin' with inmates' food.

If he takes away salt and pepper, making them pay for it, it's a big story. If he feeds 'em "soy turkey casserole" for Thanksgiving, it's a big story. If he takes away the meat and makes the slop all-vegetarian, it's a big story. On the last, Fox 10 News (who else?) did a segment with Arpaio in a jail kitchen wearing a chef's hat and cooking up meatless gruel.

Busting inmates who desecrate American flag stickers down to bread and water is an extreme form of this. There are the serious matters of how Joe's inmates are treated (70 percent are unsentenced), the deaths in the jails, the inadequate medical care, etc. But these issues are rarely explored in the same MSM articles.

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