Feathered Bastard

Joe Arpaio's Top 10 Outrageous PR Stunts

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3.) The MCSO plants white crosses in the desert near Gila Bend where deputies find dead migrants.

This was one of Arpaio's more obscene PR moves, yet it was dutifully reported in the press sans skepticism. Joe unveiled his new plan to warn migrants about the dangers of desert crossing. This, by means of putting a white cross wherever a deputy finds a desiccated corpse.

According to the MCSO press release, the "crosses will be numbered and will be GPS sensitive," so as to "aid those in danger and who call 911 for help."

TV news and Phoenix's paper of record gave Arpaio, who earlier in 2013 had been found guilty of racial profiling, a pass on this, credulously noting his (in reality feigned) concern for dead migrants.

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