Phoenix — Goodyear Police arrested CBS 5 journo Jonathan Lowe Monday afternoon while he was on assignment, reporting on a former Arizona State University football player who allegedly sacrificed the family dog by putting him in a smoker in order to appease an angry God.
That doesn’t begin to explain the kind of day Lowe was having, however.
“Lowe chose to use the front yard of a residence to relieve himself,” Goodyear Police Department spokeswoman Lisa Kutis tells New Times. “An onlooker from across the street called it in to officers. They approached him, he said he’d had to relieve himself, and they arrested him.” …
Goodyear police haven’t released the arrest report, but the department confirms that the citation was for defecation.
Apparently the debate is raging in journalism circles as to how some news outlets in Arizona are covering the story of a public figure like Jonathan Lowe getting arrested for public pooping while some others are sitting on it. (That’s not my pun. Some journalist puts it that way in the article. I swear.)
To me, this isn’t a journalistic ethics debate. This is a legal issue. I’m as in favor of outlawing public dumps as the next guy. But doesn’t there need to be some consideration to where said number two took place? I mean, it wasn’t like Lowe just decided to drop a deuce in the middle of the Financial District on a work day. This was the yard of a crazed zealot who had just ritually sacrificed his family dog to stave off divine retribution. Chances are this former Sun Devil isn’t spending his weekends carefully cross-cutting his lawn in straight lines and regularly applying Weed & Feed. My guess is you’re more likely to find shallow pet graves all over the property than a carefully manicured blanket of Kentucky Bluegrass.
So let’s consider the “victim” here before we go hauling some reporter off to the city lockup because he got an attack of the loose poops while he’s stuck sitting in a satellite truck on some crappy assignment. (OK, that one is on me.) Let ye who has never had to treat the world as your toilet in an emergency cast the first stone.
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