Josh Bernstein Leaving ABC-15; "Investigative" Journalist Carried Water for Arpaio, Thomas

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Josh Bernstein

​Josh Bernstein, an "investigative" reporter for Channel 15 (KNXV-TV) who was repeatedly praised by former County Attorney Andrew Thomas for his work, is hanging up his shiny shovel.

A memo obtained by New Times from ABC15 News Director Joe Hengemuehler states that Bernstein "has made a decision to close the ABC15 chapter of his life as an investigative reporter."

The memo goes on to say:

"Josh and I have been talking and agree that we really accomplished a lot during his time in the unit. Before he left today, he promised to let us know about his next great opportunity when the time is right. We will post and begin the search for a new investigative reporter immediately."

This is the same news director who, back in February, told Bernstein to "get that shovel out" and start digging on stories that were critical of Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

You see, Bernstein had done a great job covering the story of how Maricopa County supervisors, judges, and local lawyers were under investigation by the offices of Arpaio and Thomas. But he sort of missed the part about how those investigations represented an apparent abuse of power by the lawmen.

After other reporters broke the story about a federal probe into the allegations surrounding Arpaio, Bernstein was reminded of a promise he'd made to go after the sheriff if need be.

We're not aware that Bernstein ever did that.

However, he did screw up royally a couple of months later, in April, with a story -- based on anonymous sources -- that Arpaio was going to run for governor this year. The story turned out to be wrong.

We're not sure what led to Bernstein's decision to leave Channel 15. He didn't return a phone message.

One possible new assignment: Arpaio's chief deputy, Dave Hendershott is currently in desperate need of a PR specialist.


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11 comments
Citizen
Citizen

Don't trust this SCUMBAG , he was sell his mothers soul for a STORY! I've had my run in with him sometime ago. Yeah SIMPLE as it sounds, I hope he dies and rots in hell! 

Peter
Peter

Josh Bernstein continually engaged in questionable activities in his time at ABC-15 in Phoenix, such as accessing information of non-relevant persons illegally. His bosses ripped him because he was incompetent and botched not only the matters listed here, but was lacking in other realistic reporting duties. I wonder how many people whose lives this so-called "liberal" reporting douche-bag, were hung out to dry wrongfully because of his incompetence and incorrect conclusions and disappointing investigative journalism. I wonder how the committee members of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences feel about giving Emmy awards to someone who made so many mistakes and engaged in border-line (if not truly illegal) actions to "investigate" individuals...way to go. Why don't we get this idiot a damn Pulitzer while we're at it! Does anyone know who was actually foolish enough to hire this half-wit?

Miamipics
Miamipics

Wonder why he wasn't order to investigate the biggest abuser of border States; the Federal Government.

CPL Garcia
CPL Garcia

LOW LIFE with a crappy Faux Hawk is he running for corporation commission. Public air waves run by mad men.

sugar
sugar

Maybe he is worried that the DOJ will see him as a resource of Arpaio & Thomas who was used to create mass deception. Maybe his main source was Henderschott and his source is done

GENO
GENO

Nope. I don't think any of us(news junkies) were aware of Bernstein's being "critical" of the KKKorrupt Sheriff. I wouldn't exactly say he was a less favorable reporter. In fact, Arpayaso and Co. were pretty much seen as "heros" through the lens of ABC15. And that was disappointing. Very disappointing. I hope ABC15 will find someone qualified enough to be very very "critical" of Sheriff APE-Hole. For the rogue law dawg deserves no positive attention for his mafia-like organized crime syndicate.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

I don't really dislike a lot of the media folks out there. He's the exception. I'm glad the station has finally washed their hands of this simpleton. All that education gone to waste...

Anon
Anon

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wjnorbom says:

October 13, 2009 at 6:21 amSo true Jody. I have never found the American media to be a reliable source of information. Contrary to what people may believe, the media respond to the energy they create as story upon story is layered. In the end, it is much like the children's game, "telephone". The story is so distorted that maybe one fact remains. And people believe this garbage! The media is used to present a one sided agenda in politics. In justice, it feels as though reporters take the "temperature" of their viewers and respond by feeding them what they want to hear. At yesterday's presentation of The Laramie Project, 10 years later, it was divulged that 20/20 went to Laramie (I believe in 2004 – years after the case was over) to do a story on the murder and decided to change the ending to the story. To portray Matthew Shepard as a druggie who just happened to be gay therefore the motive for the crime was a robbery and a drug deal gone bad – not a hate crime. They NEVER EVEN READ THE COURT TRANSCRIPTS OR MURDER"S CONFESSIONS. They presented their story the way they chose to with no regard to the facts of the case and now several people in Laramie and throughout the USA believe the motive was a robbery from a drug deal gone bad. This slanders the victim. This also takes away from the cold hard fact that it was a hate crime. That Matthew was an innocent victim and was killed in a plot hatched in a bar bathroom because he was gay. It had nothing to do with drugs or with robbery. Both of the murderers confess to this day he was killed because he was gay in interviews with the Laramie Project writers. This is 20/20 – Elizabeth Vargas – news we have been thought would be accurately portrayed! Everyone should be outraged! And 20/20 has never apologized. So you are never protected. You may NEVER hear the truth. Thank you, Jody for bringing this to our attention. It is time that the media was held accountable for the garbage they print. They are cowards in the truest sense.

Concerned Citizen
Concerned Citizen

Great article! Reporters like Josh have blood on their hands also. How many innocent people have been destroyed during the arpaio/thomas reign of terror on the community. When the media takes the information from the MCSO and MCAO while ignoring the people, then they too are a major part of the problem that escalated to pure abuse of power and violation of peoples' right that have led to what will be millions upon millions of $$$'s lawsuits, which has broken the state of Arizona. Josh, you too, have helped ruin what was once a fine state.

Truth08
Truth08

Cleaning house sounds like.

Its about time ABC-15, told him to take a hike. He was another FOX news reporter, trying to pass off as a normal unbiased reporter. In other words, just another Arpaio ass-kisser taking up valuable news time.

Regards,Truth08

Concerned Citizen
Concerned Citizen

ps - good riddance Josh. Take glenn beck along with you. He looks like he could be your brother.

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