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PostPosted: Thu Feb 01, 2018 11:20 am 
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Joe Arpaio has given at least 5 interviews to an anti-Semitic publication ... 085048001/

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Joe Arpaio has given several interviews to a publication that traffics in anti-Semitic conspiracy theories and on Wednesday declined an opportunity to distance himself from the extremist material.

Arpaio, the controversial former Maricopa County sheriff, said he was unfamiliar with other stories on the "American Free Press" website, such as an interview with the author of an anti-Semitic book that was headlined "Jewish Fingerprints All Over 9-11." But Arpaio declined to criticize it or other anti-Semitic content associated with the publication.

"I'm not going to criticize the news media like you," Arpaio told The Arizona Republic. "I can't believe another news outlet is criticizing a newspaper."

CNN last week reported that Lou Barletta, a GOP Senate candidate in Pennsylvania, gave an interview to the "American Free Press" in October 2006. Since 2014, Arpaio has given at least five interviews to it.

This week, a new story about Arpaio's Senate run in Arizona appeared on the website, apparently based on a Jan. 21 interview. It was written by Mark Anderson, described as the "roving editor" of "American Free Press."


Arpaio, who has been closely associated with the debunked conspiracy theory that former President Barack Obama's birth certificate was a forgery, said he doesn't discriminate between news outlets and suggested there was no difference between the fringe "American Free Press" and other news organizations such as The Republic and Phoenix New Times.

"I talk to all media, so what am I supposed to do? Investigate every media outlet to see what stories they write?" Arpaio told The Republic. "I don't do that. You know that, I talk to all reporters, all publications."

In 2013, the Anti-Defamation League described the "American Free Press" as "an anti-Semitic and conspiracy-oriented newspaper pub­lished by longtime white suprema­cist Willis Carto." The Southern Poverty Law Center in 2010 dubbed the "American Free Press" an "anti-Semitic weekly."

Willis Carto, the "American Free Press" creator, in the 1950s founded the extreme-right Liberty Lobby and in 1978 started the Holocaust-denying Institute for Historical Review.


"If I turned down everybody that writes stories I didn't agree with, I probably wouldn't be talking to anybody," Arpaio said. "I can't believe this, how one journalist's organization would criticize another one when we have free speech in this country."


Someone who is so obviously without a clue ... well, besides being a pardoned criminal, of course ... should not be running for office.

The Daily Stormer has a "point of view," Sherriff. Should you be interviewed by it? Of course, the 1st amendment allows all points of view to be expressed. But, do candidates like yourself want to be associated with all possible points of view? Including Holocaust Denial?

If you were criticized for giving an interview to the National Enquirer, would that be over its point of view, or general lack of credibility?

Sherriff, are you really telling us that if anybody came out of the blue and said they wanted to interview you, you wouldn't first check what "news outlet" they represent? And that that doesn't matter? What if right next to your interview was a story about NASA not existing and the moon landing being fake? And what's more odd is even if you really didn't know the paper was anti-Semitic beforehand ... you still don't care, now that you've found out afterward?

You clearly have provided AZ voters with some more definite proof you are unfit for electoral office.

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