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MSNBC gets cold feet about eligibility questions
Posted By On 09/14/2011 @ 12:27 pm In Front Page | Comments Disabled
Joseph Farah, founder and CEO of WND.com, was scheduled to appear on MSNBC Wednesday evening to talk about a banner that was flown over the Republican presidential debate forum in Tampa, Fla., Monday night.
It demanded, “Where’s the Real Birth Certificate?”
Farah has been behind a campaign that since 2009 had asked “Where’s the Birth Certificate?” during the time frame when Barack Obama fans said the short-form “Certification of Live Birth” image was the only documentation available from the state of Hawaii. The focal point of the question remains, even though Obama has released what has been represented as a long-form “Certificate of Live Birth” from Hawaii.
Aerial banner over Tampa
But the network called to cancel abruptly, only hours before the event was set to air.
“This is a strange game that these TV shows play with me all the time,” said Farah. “They think it will be good television to have me on, but then their second thought is how scary it is to have someone who has a lot of experience in television and knows how to handle the opportunity.”
He said for every opportunity he has had for recent TV appearances, his invitations have been cancelled three or four times.
“You have to ask yourself: Why do they keep inviting me on shows only to cancel, rebook, cancel, rebook and cancel again,” he said.
At the time the campaign was launched in 2009, only a very small percentage of Americans were even aware of the eligibility questions surrounding Obama. But after more than 90 billboards were placed nationwide throughout the course of the campaign, those results changed.
Within six months of its launch, polls showed most Americans were aware of the controversy. Six months later, most Americans doubted Obama’s eligibility. Even a New York Times Poll revealed only 58 percent of Americans were confident of Obama’s story about an American birth.
Then in April of this year, when Jerome Corsi’s book of the same title – “Where’s the Birth Certificate?” – hit No. 1 on the Amazon best-seller’s list, the White House realized it could no longer stonewall the issue. One week later, the so-called “long-form birth certificate” – which previously has been reported as unavailable – was posted on the White House website. Media outlets quickly accepted the document as genuine without examination, analysis or question.
But WND has since produced a shocking series of reports that point in the direction of fabrication. One analyst points out that the long form appears to have been typed on different typewriters because the type faces are different styles and sizes. Another report confirms that the federal government’s E-Verify system for checking validity of identities has unanswered questions about Obama.
“I promised a long time ago that this issue would follow Obama through the 2012 campaign,” said Farah. “This is the realization of that promise.”
So, WND had a plane flying over the GOP venue Monday night with the question on a banner.
The interview was scheduled to be on Hardball, where host Chris Mathews famously declared himself to be an “enemy” of those who question Barack Obama’s eligibility to be president. But he also openly wondered why Obama didn’t just put the issue to rest by releasing the proof.
Earlier, when Mathews gave the issue prime-time exposure, he cited a New York Times Poll that said while 58 percent of Americans believe Obama was born in the U.S., another 20 percent are sure it was in another country and 23 percent don’t know.
Mathews admitted the job of president “requires being born in this country.”
His earlier questions:
“I am not a birther. I am an enemy of the birthers,” he said.
But he wondered, “Why doesn’t the president just say, ‘Send me a copy right now?’ Why doesn’t Gibbs and Axelrod say, ‘Let’s just get this crappy story dead?’ Why not do it? … If it exists, why not put it out?”
There are numerous members of Congress who have commented on the dispute that was brought to the attention of MSNBC and others with the flying banner Monday night:
It immediately got the attention of the Miami Herald, which wrote, “Jobs, schmobs.
“The WorldNetDaily website, which hypes the Obama-is-not-a-US-citizen line, is flying a banner around the site of the CNN Republican presidential debate to keep the story alive: Where is the real birth certificate?”
The question is raised because the U.S. Constitution allows only a “natural born Citizen” to be a president, and that was largely understood when it was written to be the offspring of two citizen parents born on the nation’s soil. There remain many questions about Obama’s purported Hawaiian birth, and some say the constitutional requirement precludes Obama as president even if he proves a Hawaiian birth, as his father never was a citizen.
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