PALM BEACH, Fla. – The U.S. national media are intentionally ignoring the case of a Tennessee man convicted of making death threats against Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio because the man is described as an Obama “fanatic.”
That’s the claim of radio giant Rush Limbaugh who says mainstream news media would be giving the case high prominence if a conservative person were making threats against a liberal.
On Wednesday, WND reported on the conviction of Adam Eugene Cox, 33, of Knoxville, Tenn., who pleaded guilty to graphically threatening Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, possibly in connection with the lawman’s investigation into the president’s eligibility for office.
Among Cox’s Internet postings: “I plan to kill Arpaio first. He will be filled with a thousand bullet holes before the year is out. I promise you this. He won’t f**k with Obama. He will be buried 10 feet under and his whole family will be murdered along with him.”
Besides WND, only the Daily Caller and a few local television and radio stations in Arizona and Tennessee have apparently covered the story, according to a Google News search.
“You notice how little coverage this has gotten from the mainstream media?” Limbaugh asked on his top-rated program this afternoon.
“Can you imagine if somebody had threatened to kill – take your pick – and it was learned that they were avid supporters of Sarah Palin? Do you think you’d hear about it? Do you think it would be all over the news and do you think the media would try to go find evidence on Sarah Palin’s Facebook page on what could have inspired this insane lunatic to go try to kill somebody? Here you have an avid Obama supporter [committing the crime].”
He reminded his audience that Arizona was scene of the tragic shooting of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., and others in January of last year.
“Now the media, when Gabrielle Giffords was shot, blamed Palin, and then they next tried to blame me. And neither of us, of course, had anything to do with it. The lunatic was not even political. And now we have an absolute political lunatic, a big supporter of Obama’s threatening to kill Joe Arpaio and his family and the media’s asleep. They’re not interested. The perp is an Obama supporter.
“Now, just imagine if it were a conservative threatening a prominent Arizona liberal with death, and they could track it back and [implicate] Sarah Palin or some other prominent conservative. And something else we should add. Obama went out to Arizona and made this big pitch for civility, and ‘We must stop talking about each other this way and we must all now be nice and we must find ways to bridge the partisan divide.'”
Authorities say Cox’s postings indicate – and his own mother confirms – that Cox is a “fanatical supporter” of Obama, and Arpaio’s ongoing investigation into the legitimacy of the president’s purported birth certificate may have been the reason behind the threat to kill the sheriff.
As WND reported March 1, Arpaio and his Cold Case Posse announced there is probable cause indicating the document released by the White House last April that is claimed to be Obama’s original, long-form birth certificate is actually a forgery.
NOTE: In case you missed the news conference of Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s “Cold Case Posse,” you can view it here.
According to Knox County Sheriff’s deputies in Tennessee, Cox has a history of assault.
“I will not be intimated against pursuing this investigation into Obama’s eligibility to serve as the president of the United States,” Arpaio said upon Cox’s arrest in January.
Several different Mexican drug cartels have threatened Arpaio’s life, placing a contract nearing $4 million for his execution.
“Every threat will be taken seriously, and the sheriff knows that his position often attracts threats but he draws the line when his family is threatened,” said Deputy Chief David Trombi, whose detectives have overseen the threat investigations.
The Cox investigation first took Maricopa County Sheriff’s deputies from Arizona to California where search warrants were served on Google headquarters.
Cox pleaded guilty to harassment of Arpaio, and was immediately sentenced to serve nearly a year in a “bootcamp”-style program similar to probation, as well as ordered to pay court costs.