So America’s Most Publicity-Desperate Sheriff trotted out his “cold case posse” yesterday to shock the world with its findings on Barack Obama’s birth certificate, much of which rests on an interview with a now-95-year-old lady who may have had some connection with the original birth certificate. The conversation was taped, and the MCSO posse “might” release that tape (don’t hold your breath).
But after regaling the press for over an hour with its “proof,” the Sheriff opened up the conference for questions.
And that’s where Channel 5′s Morgan Loew comes in.
His first question was something like this: ”Why should we believe any of this, given that the two lead ‘investigators’ traffic in and profit from various conspiracy theories?”
Arpaio was predictably insulted, said so, went into his ritual finger-pointing, and then changed the subject. Loew continued to badger the now-red faced Sheriff, who then went Full Arpaio and accused Channel 5 of various “hit pieces” on him.
Good stuff. Way to go, Morgan. Actually pressing the powerful on uncomfortable details. Kind of like what journalists are supposed to do.
But let’s look at the two in charge of the posse, Mike Zullo and Jerry Corsi.
Zullo was a police officer in a small New Jersey town for a grand total of five years, 30 years ago. He has absolutely no experience
in forensic science, and just suddenly appeared when the cold case posse was formed. Neither the Sheriff nor the “retired detective” has presented his resume that might give us more confidence in his being the “lead commander” of the posse.
And the “brains” behind the cold case posse is a guy named Jerry Corsi, a well-known conspiracy theorist — 9/11 was an inside job, Timothy McVeigh was connected to Middle East terrorists, etc. — who makes his money peddling these conspiracies on the website for the crazies,World Net Daily.
Oh, and Zullo and Corsi have — surprise — written a book about all this, making some money from their “investigation.”
The Sheriff likes to exploit the media. In this case, the conspiracy crazies have found their rube to channel their inanities — Joe Arpaio.