WASHINGTON – WND Editor and Chief Executive Officer Joseph Farah today publicly called on Newsweek Editor Jon Meacham for a retraction of a statement in the magazine falsely claiming Farah is a proponent of a “conspiracy theory” that Barack Obama was not born in the United States.
“It’s just a bald-faced lie and misrepresentation of anything and everything I have written and said about the eligibility issue,” Farah said.
Farah is issuing the retraction demand, a legal requirement before a defamation lawsuit can be filed, both by letter and in his daily column today in WND.
“While I have written tens of thousands of words about the subject of Barack Obama’s eligibility and talked for dozens of hours on the public airwaves and given hundreds of interviews on this subject, never have I stated that Obama was not born in the United States,” he writes in the column and letter. “Therefore, I demand an immediate apology and retraction. The public record is clear on what I have said and written on this matter. I have been outspoken in calling for Obama to release his original birth certificate. Without that document, Americans can never be sure about his constitutional eligibility. Public opinion surveys show close to 50 percent of Americans either have deep suspicions about his ineligibility or, like me, want to see him release documents that can put those concerns to rest.”
“It’s dangerous business assigning an inexperienced editorial intern to hurl accusations that reflect negatively on people’s careers and professionalism,” Farah continued. “With some 35 years of professional journalism experience behind me, I’m stunned that a magazine of Newsweek’s repute would allow an intern to make a blatantly defamatory statement about a seasoned journalist without making a call and without any fact-checking. Perhaps this is why Newsweek is suffering precipitous circulation declines.”