The community of Maricopa County reacted as many would have expected to the official pardoning of the former sheriff, Joe Arpaio. Throughout his time as Sheriff, Joe Arpaio would implement a number of unethical and illegal practices that would come to accompany the reputation of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department.
While heading New Times Media, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey would have their fair share of run-ins with the former sheriff, as they regularly published content that directly confronted him for his crimes. Eventually, Joe Arpaio would send his deputies to the homes of Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey to have them arrested. As this was quickly seen to be an unlawful arrest, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey were immediately released but would undergo a five-year battle in court, coming out victorious. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase and Jim Larkin | Angel.co
Phoenix New Times, the groundbreaking publication that brought Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey’s New Times Media to the forefront of the alternative news world, was launched in 1970, during a time of crisis regarding the political climate of the United States.
Throughout every major city in the nation, particularly on college campuses, protests began erupting in quick fashion. With these protest came a yearning, in particular from the anti-war crowd, for alternative news outlets that would counter the conservative coverage pushed by the traditional media.
After learning of the Kent State killings, which resulted in the slaying of four students, and the wounding of nine others at the hands of National Guardsmen, Michael Lacey, along with like-minded student activists, Frank Fiore, Karen Lofgren, and Hal Smith, kicked off the first issue of the Phoenix New Times.
Jim Larkin, who was married with children, would join later, helping to sure up the marketing department. The Phoenix New Times would garner praise and recognition for his alternative coverage of political and social issues, including many of the counterculture movements of the day.
Eventually, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey’s publication would gain the attention of several established institutions, and the visibility began earning increased visibility, in part to the full-page ads taken out by J.C. Penny. Later in the decade, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey would begin experimenting with new columns, including the implementation of personals ads, as well as satirical cartoons, such as Bob Boze Bell’s Honky Tonk Sue comic.
Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey’s, New Times Media would continue to rise throughout the 1970’s, and by 1983, the company had made its first major purchase, in the acquisition of Westword. Westword was a Denver-based news-and-arts weekly publication that was created in 1977 by Patricia Calhoun.
Once it was acquired by New Times Media, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey would decide to keep Patricia Calhoun in place, and this would later start a trend of acquisition that put the company at the top of the industry. LA Weekly, OC Weekly, Nashville Scene, Miami New Times, and Village Voice, would all join the New Times Media roster, giving Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey’s business outlets in every major section of the country.
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