Sheriff Babeu Declines Interviews and Help from Hate Groups

2010-07-20T10:55:00Z 2010-07-20T10:58:25Z Sheriff Babeu Declines Interviews and Help from Hate GroupsTim Gaffney, Public Information Officer, Pinal County Sheriff's Office Arizona Daily Star

July 19th, 2010

During the past month, I have been inundated with media requests from local, national and international outlets to have Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu interviewed because of his outspoken need to secure our border.  I have weeded out most all requests from any outlets or groups that have any connection with possible hate groups.  Unfortunately, last week it appears that I may have let one such interview take place.  The interview was requested from radio host Eddie Miller of WLRM Radio in Tennessee.  I was told that they broadcast to 28 different states.

As I do with every interview, I checked the official website for the radio station as I was unfamiliar with it.  Mr Miller told me that the interview was regarding "What can be done to help save America" and SB1070.  I then called the WLRM Radio to verify that Mr. Miller was in fact a host.  After confirming this information, I scheduled the interview for Sheriff Babeu and placed it on his calendar.

The first contact that Sheriff Babeu had with the the radio station was when he called in live for the interview on July 10th.  Sheriff Babeu provided the same content of information during the interview as he has during other interviews regarding our need to secure the border and SB1070.

Today,  I have received several contacts from people asking why Sheriff Babeu was on what some may consider to be a "White Nationalist Program."   I immediately checked the WLRM official website again and did not see any information that would have reflected this information.  I learned from media outlets that the station has had groups in the past associated with these types of views.  I immediately contacted Sheriff Babeu who was extremely disappointed that a station with those beliefs would have him on the air knowing how vocal and strongly opposed he is to these types of people and their beliefs.  Sheriff Babeu has asked repeatedly that groups with these type of beliefs to have "No association with the Pinal County Sheriff's Office."

I contacted WLRM radio host Eddie Miller and canceled any future interviews or contact they may want to have with the Pinal County Sheriff's Office.  Mr. Miller told me that he does not belong to any "White Nationalist Program" nor does he associate with any.  He told me that he was shocked because no such conversations took place before or during the interview.

I sincerely apologize to anybody that may have been offended by the fact that Sheriff Babeu did an interview on WLRM radio.  Neither myself nor Sheriff Babeu had any belief that this group was connected in anyway with a "White Nationalist Program."  In the future, I will do a better job at screening the interview requests to prevent this from occurring again 

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