Two days after the debut of my book, “Deconstructing Obama,” last week, I contacted the producer of a popular conservative radio show with a large national audience.
I sent the following e-mail, rather than my publicist at Simon & Schuster, because I had a connection to the show and host:
“Mine is the first book to address the birther issue in a serious way.” I wrote. “It also addresses the authorship issue. Right now, the book is something of a grass roots sensation. I need to push it up the food chain.”
Here is the e-mail I received back in full: “Thanks for the offer, but we make a point to steer clear of these topics.”
The “topics” in question, if explored intelligently, will almost certainly undo Obama’s re-election bid, but producers and their hosts, as was obvious here, worry overly about their own imagined credibility.
To be fair, the host referenced above does not work for a network owned by multi-media mogul Rupert Murdoch, but several of Murdoch’s most prominent hosts on Fox News have made a point of shunning both issues as well.
Although Murdoch may not be responsible for the conservative media firewall around the White House, no one is more capable of tearing it down. And tear it down, Mr. Murdoch, you should.
The argument I have heard for the firewall is that the Democrats are playing the Republicans for fools given the conservative base’s willingness to keep the birth certificate issue alive.
When Hawaii Democrat Gov. Neil Abercrombie went public with his desire to silence dissenters by proving Obama’s citizenship – and then failed to find the birth certificate – the cynics insisted that he too had been enlisted in the Democratic conspiracy to discredit the soi-disant “birthers.”
There is an obvious flaw in this argument. If the Democrats have made conservatives look like such fools over the last two years, how to account for the 63 lost seats in the House?
What the left has done successfully since the Republicans took the House, however, is to cause the conservative base to lose faith in the House leadership.
“As a leader,” “Meet the Press” host David Gregory asked House Speaker John Boehner, “Do you not think it’s your responsibility to stand up to that kind of ignorance?”
Where is George Orwell when we need him? The media are at great pains to “steer clear of these topics,” to know as little about them as possible, but feel free to accuse those who have researched them of “ignorance.”
And every time Boehner or Cantor or O’Reilly answers this taunt as Boehner did – “the state of Hawaii has said that [Obama] was born there. That’s good enough for me” – those of us who have researched the issue just groan in disgust.
What we do know is that the official story – the one “constructed” in Obama’s acclaimed memoir, “Dreams from My Father,” and retold prominently in both his convention speeches – is false. In “Deconstructing Obama,” I show in detail why it is false and what the alternatives might be.
Obama does indeed have much to hide. Wherever he was born – and I do not know the answer – we know that he did not spend the first two years of his life in a happy, little multicultural home in Hawaii as advertised. He ascended to the presidency on a fully fabricated origins story.
As I also prove in my book, Bill Ayers was the chief architect of that construction. After Obama proved incapable of writing his own memoir, Ayers took over the project from his struggling protégé and brought “Dreams from My Father” to life.
These are not subjects our political and media bigwigs should steer clear of. They have the responsibility to educate themselves and, once they do, to go on the offensive.
The David Gergorys of the world have an excuse: They have an agenda and a president to protect.
For our guys, “being thought a kook at a Georgetown cocktail party” is not excuse enough.