Biased newspaper report has enough incendiary language to stoke a bonfire
Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas has reviewed the procedures followed in the patrols that Sheriff Joe Arpaio has recently conducted in valley cities, concluding that deputies followed rules prohibiting racial profiling and unnecessary traffic stops.
“To the best of my knowledge, the protocol has been followed,” said Thomas, who issued a legal opinion on the sweeps yesterday.
“The reason I asked for the opinion two months ago is that we knew we were doing the right thing, and yet I wanted a legal opinion to let the people of this county know that we are also on the right track,” Arpaio said.
Thomas issued an opinion for Arpaio in 2005 in reference to Arizona’s human smuggling law—an opinion that said illegal aliens suspected of using transporting “coyotes,” can be charged as co-conspirators in their own smuggling cases, since they pay to be illegally brought into the U.S.
Prosecutor Thomas said his interpretation of the law has withstood scrutiny.
Read the newspaper account and try counting the provocative words and phrases in the short article. This would be a fine exercise for a Journalism 101 class. In the daily newspaper, however, it falls far short of ethical reporting standards.