[Saturday update] "12News" tweeted "Arpaio says crime sweep leads to 22 arrests." My first reaction: Why are journalists, even television journalists, still taking dictation from this publicity-mad sheriff who has cost county taxpayers tens of millions in settlements over inmates injured or who died in his abysmal jails and is now under a federal court order over racial profiling, among other abuses and blunders during his time in office? Response times on real crimes suffered during his anti-immigrant stunts. No police officer respects "Nickel Bag Joe." But the white-right blue hairs have made him High Sheriff for Life.
Upon reflection: What is the context? I suspect one Phoenix PD precinct makes this many arrests in one quiet shift. Will "12News" follow up to tell us how serious the charges involved (22 parking violators? 22 murderers?) and how many result in convictions? Of course not. This is press-release "journalism." Plus, "12News" is part of "Republic Media," as in Gannett owning the state's largest newspaper, biggest news Web site and one of its major TV stations. That was illegal until the deregulation after 2000. An uninformed citizenry won't ask questions. Doing so might land you in a "crime sweep."
• Stay put, young man. "Americans used to be exceptional for how often they moved. But that once-powerful source of both efficiency and upward mobility is now in steep decline." From Washington Monthly.
• Bleak house. "We have forgotten what this country once understood, that a society based on nothing but selfishness and greed is not a society at all, but a state of war of the strong against the weak." From the New York Review of Books.
• Yes, trains again, because they matter. Even Orlando gets commuter rail. Florida cities are also served by several long-distance Amtrak trains. Miami and environs have commuter service. High-speed rail is under consideration. And this is a red state full of old people. Meanwhile, Phoenix's far-flung suburbs have no commuter rail. And Phoenix has no Amtrak service (as late as the 1960s, we had eight trains a day). The ADOT plans to Tucson are moronic.
• Saving the best for last: The indispensable John Dougherty (we worked together on the Keating Five scandal) has another must-read on the mistakes ignored by the Yarnell fire investigation.
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