Part 1: A Western View of the Media’s No. 1 Show, Sheriff Joe Arpaio

 

 

Recently I was asked to comment on the trial of Arizona’s Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who is currently on trial, along with his sheriff’s office, for alleged civil rights violations against Latino residents of the 9200 square mile central Arizona county. From my perspective as a transplanted Southwesterner in the heart of the American Midwest in Iowa City, the Sheriff Joe Show would have been a number one show for Paddy Chayefsky’s imaginary media conglomerate UBS’s creative directors in the award winning film, “Network.” The Teflon Sheriff has captured the imaganation, celebration and vilification of editors, bloggers, citizens, and the media for two decades but continues to enjoy huge support in Maricopa County, one of America’s Sunbelt hotspots for crime, economic depression, human smuggling, drug trafficking, and labor explotation.

Part one of my three part series on Sheriff Joe Arapio, the trial, media, and my perspective on American immigration policy since 1965, was published today in the Iowa City Press-Citizen. I believe this coversation is at the core of our national politics, the November presidential election, and our future as a nation. My perspective begins with my childhood growing up in Los Angeles, is shaped by a life lived on both coasts, the Southwest, and now today, in the heart of our nation, Iowa, where immigration from all corners of the globe have and continue to shape this agricultural eden since the first emmigrant’s plow broke its prairie soil in the early nineteenth century.

Below is the link to the story in today’s Iowa City Press-Citizen:

http://www.press-citizen.com/article/20120813/OPINION02/308130009/A-western-view-media-s-No-1-show-Sheriff-Joe-Arpaio?nclick_check=1

 

About Stuart Rosebrook

Stuart Rosebrook has over 25 years of professional experience in journalism, publishing, public history, television production, and non-profit management. He is currently on contract as Senior Editor for True West magazine, managing five departments. He also blogs three times a week on book news, film and television, and Western history. He is the owner of his own business, Quo Vadis Communications, LLC. His first book, At Work in Arizona: The First 100 Years, a 168-page, 5 color, photo-essay book for Alliance Bank of Arizona, with curator Marilyn Szabo, was published in Phoenix in December 2014. Other professional roles included institutional advancement and development, consultant and editor for the William and Mary Alumni Association, the Orme School of Arizona, associate editor of Arizona Highways magazine, associate producer for Falrose Productions, and an assignment editor KTVK-TV3 in Phoenix. He is a professional historian of the American West, 20th Century American History, and Public History. He has a Ph.D. and M.A. from Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona, and a B.A. in history from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
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