Fairyland December 29, 2015 – Despite repeated entreaties from a young boy who had several times in the past cried “wolf” when there was no wolf, both local and national news media failed to carry his latest claims.
That’s what came to mind when I read Sharon Rondeau’s latest article at the Post & Email that included:
The Washington Post, as with the mainstream media at large, has not investigated the Cold Case Posse’s findings nor sought to interview Arpaio or posse lead investigator Mike Zullo directly following either of two 2012 press conferences in which their conclusions were detailed.
On those two occasions when Mike Zullo and Sheriff Arpaio indeed did cry “wolf,” there was some media reaction, including an in-studio interview with Mike Zullo on ABC TV News 13:
CBS 5 in Phoenix gave it over 9 minutes, including another interview with Mr. Zullo1:
But Zullo sowed the seeds of his own loss of credibility in that interview when he said:
You can take the document apart out of the same file released by the White House. You can’t just do that if you scan in a birth certificate.
Anyone with a high-end office machine, or a copy of Adobe Acrobat standard, can scan in a birth certificate and get something that can be taken apart. Zullo hadn’t a clue what he was talking about, and anybody who bothered to check his claim could see that. In the best of all worlds, Zullo had one chance, and he blew it.
CNN put it rather well by tearing up the sheet of paper from which they were reading about the Arpaio birth certificate investigation, and saying “this is what it deserves.”
Law enforcement saw through it:
The so called arpaios investigation deal is complete bullshit! Just Like arpaios and his clown squad … Arpaio , zullo ect are a joke
– Chief Mark Kessler
The Arpaio/Zullo press conferences came following a long line of crackpot image analysis of Obama’s birth certificate that fell apart under scrutiny. No wonder the media was averse to one more “wolf” story, again by someone with a history of spurious attacks against political opponents, and an axe to grind against the Obama administration.
Following those fateful press conferences containing direct lies, deliberately misleading statements, and sheer incompetence, Zullo kept promising some real evidence, month after month for years, acknowledging that skeptics were not convinced by what came before. Zullo even lost credibility among many birthers who correctly observed that he was just stringing them along. William said at Birther Report earlier this month:
I have watched Zullo and Carl as much as I have paid attention to the growth of my back yard forests.
If something cracks and falls, someone else would have to inform me of it.
So yes, the mainstream media has largely ignored Mike Zullo and his one-man struggle to do the impossible with nothing. There is no reason for the media nor anyone else to take him seriously. For the right-wing nut jobs, there has been ample coverage by outlets such as InfoWars and WorldNetDaily in addition to the blogs like Birther Report and The Post & Email.
“Boy cries wolf” is not news for the rest of us.
1See also multiple news reports documented by the Huffington Post.