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You’ve heard some conservatives in talk radio and on the Internet claim that Barack Obama wasn’t vetted in 2008 and, this time, in 2012, they were going to do it.

While anyone seeking the presidency – either the first or the second time – deserves all the scrutiny the media can provide, there is a problem with these brash, marketing-based boasts in 2012.

Obama was, indeed, vetted in 2008.

He was vetted in excruciating detail by an intrepid team of investigative journalists at the oldest and largest independent news source on the Internet. This one.

He was vetted in a book by WND senior staff writer Jerome Corsi called “ObamaNation” that rose to No. 1 on the New York Times best-sellers list. Much of that material was first published in WND.

He was vetted by WND senior staff writer Aaron Klein, normally stationed in Jerusalem, who made enormous contributions to our national understanding of Obama’s relationship with Bill Ayers and a slew of other Weather Underground revolutionaries. During the height of the campaign, he blew the whistle on foreign contributions being made to Obama’s campaign from the Palestinian Authority. Even the lackluster John McCain had to make reference to that.

Anyone who missed WND’s vetting of Obama has only one excuse – no access to the Internet and a search engine.

It’s all there.

That’s why WND has begun reviewing many of these stories prior to the November election – complete with updates.

We’re in the midst of those reports now.

The first was about Valerie Jarrett, one of Obama’s closest advisers, being introduced to the campaign by her father-in-law, a communist sympathizer who worked with Communist Obama mentor Frank Marshall Davis.

The next was about Obama raising campaign cash from foreign Palestinian Islamic sources.

There will be many more in the days ahead.

It’s not that these stories weren’t told. It’s that the semi-official, Soviet-style press ignored them – and so did much of the so-called “alternative media,” some of the very people now pledging to vet Obama for the first time.

Do we have any new information coming out about Obama?

You bet we do.

But we’re also performing a public service by reminding Americans about what was withheld from them deliberately by the press in 2008.

Meanwhile, the semi-official, Soviet-style press is still missing the boat in 2012.

How’s this for a laugh? Fox News finally said the word “eligibility” in a news report this week. Were they talking about Obama? No. Were they talking about Marco Rubio? No. They were talking about potential vice presidential running mates for Mitt Romney, and the name Tim Tebow was mentioned – half in jest.

But he was instantly ruled out by political scientist Larry Sabato as constitutionally ineligible. Why? Because he is not yet 35 years old. Good reason. But he also mentioned that he was born in the Philippines – as if that made any difference.

Did it make any difference in 2008 when John McCain, born in Panama, was the nominee?

Did it make any difference in 2008 or 2012 when no one knows for sure where Obama was born – Obama, who didn’t have the advantage of two American citizen parents at the time of his birth like both McCain and Tebow did?

I have been banned from Fox for the second time in four years for simply mentioning that Marco Rubio has an eligibility problem.

That’s what I mean by the semi-official, Soviet-style media. The new Pravda has invited me to be a guest many times. But not Fox, not CNN, Not MSNBC, not ABC, not CBS and not NBC, the network of audio doctorers.

None of them has yet covered what WND reported way back in 2008 – and probably never will.

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