Finally, over the weekend, hundreds of stories were published on the Internet, in newspapers and broadcast on television and radio, about Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s shocking findings, announced last Thursday, that Barack Obama’s birth certificate is fraudulent.

Apparently, it took that long for the media to find a way to discredit the first law-enforcement investigation into the matter.

After first attempting to impugn Arpaio’s motives during the press conference, few news outlets bothered to report anything about the six-month probe. The few that did, besides WND, mostly characterized the press conference as conspiracy-mongering or political silliness – until they found what they considered to be the real hook.

Here are a few select headlines from those stories:

Arpaio’s volunteer investigator profits from birther probe – TPMMUCKRAKER

Arizona sheriff’s Obama investigator selling book – ASSOCIATED PRESS

Arizona sheriff’s Obama investigation lacks credibility – TUCSON CITIZEN

You get the picture.

Because Mike Zullo, the lead investigator for Arpaio’s Cold Case Posse, has, with the help of WND’s Jerome Corsi, put the findings of the investigation in an inexpensive e-book format for the public, the entire investigation is suspect.

The entire point of the e-book project was to go over the heads of the media, which have almost universally hidden and obfuscated the facts of Obama’s eligibility from the public. And, keep in mind, Zullo participated in the criminal investigation as a volunteer – getting involved reluctantly and skeptically and with no pre-conceived conclusions.

Meanwhile, the press didn’t have much to say about Obama raising campaign cash by selling coffee mugs attacking Arpaio’s probe.

Zullo is not likely to benefit much financially if his facts are not correct. But neither Obama nor the posterior-covering media have been able to find any fault with the evidence revealed in last week’s press conference.

It’s par for the course.

This is the way the media have played the Obama eligibility story from day one – the facts be damned.

But there’s something delicious about the way the Zullo-Corsi e-book project has been devised. For those who purchase “A Law Enforcement Investigation into Barack Obama’s Birth Certificate and His Eligibility to be President,” they will not only get details of the first part of the investigation, but they will get electronic updates as it continues in the months ahead. To my knowledge, that makes this e-book a unique experiment in publishing history.

By the way, what’s wrong with Zullo getting some remuneration for his six months of previously unpaid public service work?

Don’t police investigators normally get paid to conduct their investigations?

I’m not quite following the line of attack here.

Do those reporters writing their stories get paid? If so, does that impugn their work? Some of them are actually working for news agencies that have issued specific instructions not to take seriously any questions raised about Obama’s eligibility. So who is in a more compromised position to present facts – them or Zullo?

As I’ve said before, I’ve been in the news business for more than 35 years. In that time, I have never seen the press go so totally in the tank on any big story the way they have in the case of Obama’s eligibility.

They are no longer just protecting Obama. They are now protecting their own reputations.

Having not only missed one of the most important stories of our time, but having distorted it, misrepresented it, lied about it and attacked those trying to present the truth, they are as vulnerable as Obama himself.

And that’s why their new favorite whipping boys are Arpaio and Zullo.

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