ATLANTA – The billboard campaign that launched a thousand imitators marches south this week with a new location seen by thousands every day as they enter downtown Atlanta on the MARTA subway train from Hartsfield International Airport.
As they say, you can’t miss it.
Newest in ‘Where’s the Birth Certificate’ billboard campaign, in Atlanta
The latest “Where’s the birth certificate?” billboard is located on the I-20 between Turner Field and the Georgia Dome adjacent to the Morehouse School of Medicine on Whitehall Street.
“As I said all along when this billboard campaign got underway last spring, we’re in this for the long-term – right through 2012, if necessary,” said Joseph Farah, editor and chief executive officer of WND, who conceived the idea for the controversial effort to call attention to Barack Obama’s failure to prove he is constitutionally eligible for the office of the presidency.
But to sustain and grow the program, Farah is asking for donations from the public.
“This is a real economic stimulus program for the sagging billboard industry,” says Farah. “In addition, it’s a way to get a message out to the American public that the Big Media are determined to silence and ridicule.”
In fact, many of the nation’s billboards are owned and controlled by Big Media corporations, which banned the “Where’s the birth certificate?” campaign from their locations shortly after it was launched.
However, there are still hundreds of thousands of locations available from independent outdoor advertising operators – a virtual unlimited supply if the funds are available to procure them.
“Some folks got the idea that we couldn’t find billboard companies willing to lease to us,” said Farah. “That was never the case. There are some off-limits because the ownership of major media companies that are heavily regulated by government are afraid to tangle with Washington. WND, however, believes that is the proper and central role of the free press in a free society. If we can’t ask simple, straightforward questions in the press, there is simply no reason for us to exist. There is no reason for constitutional protections of a timid media watching over their shoulders fearing how Big Daddy is going to punish them.”
Not only have dozens of “Where’s the birth certificate?” billboards been placed all over the country in the last 10 months, but many independent groups and citizens have picked up on the idea to erect their own.
While not everyone has the resources to put up billboards expressing their anger at government, anyone can contribute to the “Where’s the birth certificate?” campaign for as little as $5. Billboards like this are not cheap. The vinyl needs to be produced and there are monthly charges for keeping them up that are bigger than most individuals’ entire paychecks. But the billboards are having their intended effect – raising the eligibility question in the minds of about half the American public, according to polls.
As Farah said at the first National Tea Party Convention in Nashville last month: “I have a dream. My dream is that IF Barack Obama even seeks re-election as president in 2012, he won’t be able to go to any city, any town, any hamlet in America without seeing signs that ask, ‘Where’s the birth certificate?’
“It’s a simple question,” he said.