YOUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK
by Sharon Rondeau
(Mar. 28, 2018) — NPR posted an article on Wednesday which erroneously reported that former Maricopa County Sheriff Joseph Arpaio was “jailed” after he was found by a federal judge to be in criminal contempt of court.
Arpaio received a pardon from President Donald Trump on August 25, 2017.
The article reacted to a statement Arpaio made while campaigning for the Arizona U.S. Senate seat which Jeff Flake will be vacating once his term ends in early January 2019.
Similar to an article at The Hill on Tuesday, the writer was responding to Arpaio’s pledge, if elected, to raise the issue of the “long-form” birth certificate image posted at whitehouse.gov found by an investigation he authorized to be a “computer-generated forgery.”
The mainstream media is well aware of, although unwilling to investigate, the conclusions reached by Mike Zullo that Barack Hussein Obama’s only publicly-proffered “documentation” is fraudulent. Zullo’s findings were made public in three press conferences held over the course of the five-year investigation which ultimately revealed that two forensic analysts who also examined the birth certificate image arrived at the same conclusion.
Arpaio’s comments on “the birth certificate” began in a light-hearted way while including some of the background of the investigation.
NPR is not the first media outlet to erroneously report that Arpaio was jailed after U.S. District Court Judge Susan R. Bolton issued her verdict in July 2017. The finding stemmed from a civil-rights lawsuit filed in late 2008 by Hispanic plaintiffs who claimed that Arpaio’s deputies discriminated against them while performing traffic stops in Maricopa County.
Arpaio was scheduled to be sentenced on October 4, but Trump’s presidential pardon negated the need for a sentencing hearing.
Arpaio has appealed the contempt finding, claiming that numerous irregularities and conflicts of interest converged to produce the conviction, sought by the U.S. Justice Department under Obama and continued under the Trump administration.
NPR reports that it receives approximately 9% of its funding from the American taxpayer.
Editor’s Note: Later on Wednesday, astute reader “Bob” noted in a comment that NPR’s story has been corrected.
Sharon Rondeau has operated The Post & Email since April 2010, focusing on the Obama birth certificate investigation and other government corruption news. She has reported prolifically on constitutional violations within Tennessee’s prison and judicial systems.