The Arizona Republic quotes Sheriff Joe Arpaio offering a conspiracy-based explanation why the media has universally panned the investigation by a group of birthers who used his office to publicize their ideas:
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio believes that a media conspiracy “bigger than Watergate” is purposefully downplaying his volunteer posse’s investigation of President Barack Obama’s birth certificate.
Arpaio went on to say that he believes that the experts used by his volunteers are correct (although to date the Sheriff has not disclosed who these co-called experts are). The sheriff adds this remarkable bit of double-talk:
You know there’s corruption everywhere. I’m not saying they’re corrupt. I’m not saying they’re lying. But we have to look into it.
The next step? A definite maybe that Arpaio will turn over the results of his investigation to officials in Hawaii or Washington (is this an admission that he never had jurisdiction?) and the ability to say “they refused to investigate” when they refuse to investigate.
The Arizona Republic seems to take a skeptical view of Sheriff Arpaio’s motives. Arpaio wonders why the media focus on his political motives instead of his evidence. Well frankly, his political motivations are easier to understand.