The best journalistic sentence of the year?


by David Safier

I haven't made a careful study, but when I saw this sentence in an AZ Republic article this morning, I thought, I haven't seen such a concise and telling sentence in a news story in a long time.

The Arizona arm of the Sons of Confederate Veterans gave Arpaio the J. Edgar Hoover Law and Order Award in October 2011.

You can read the rest of the short article if you wish, but why bother? It's all there.



  1. The Sons of the Confederacy claim to be nothing more than an org that works to preserve the Southern way of life.
    If that’s true, why would they give Arpaio an award?
    He is not from the South and does not work in the South.
    I think their award has removed thier facade and exposed them as nothing more than a racist org.
    Arpaio HAS been a force for the ‘white cause” here in Arizona.

  2. So true. You’re right and so was Doug Coupland when he said, ” Brain research tells us that only twenty percent of human beings have a sense of irony, which means that eighty percent of the world takes everything at face value.” Thanks for being part of the 20 percent. Best wishes for a Happy New Year to you, your family, and every one else in B4AZ land. Keep your eyes on prize.