It could be out of the frying pan and into the fire for “NBC Nightly News” if Brian Williams’ rumored successor in the anchor role gets the job.
On April 27, 2011, White House correspondent Savannah Guthrie claimed to have seen Barack Obama’s long-form birth certificate and “touched and felt the raised seal.”
The segment on “NBC Nightly News” was titled “Obama birth certificate – signed, sealed, delivered.”
Guthrie’s claims that the PDF document posted on the White House website is backed up by two certified paper copies delivered to the White House contradicts the digital forensic findings of Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s “Cold Case Posse” investigators in Maricopa County, Arizona.
Alan Jones, writing on his 1776 Channel site Wednesday, noted Arpaio’s appointed lead investigator on the birth-certificate case, Mike Zullo, has been promising the release of “universe-shattering” information regarding the document.
The release of additional findings, Jones wrote, likely would pose for NBC News a “credibility crisis far more severe than the Brian Williams fiasco.”
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Jones on Wednesday interviewed Zullo, who noted Reed Hayes, a document examiner who has served as expert witness for Seattle law firm Perkins Coie – the firm that flew an attorney to Honolulu to personally deliver two paper copies of the birth certificate to the White House – has concluded in a signed affidavit that the document posted on the White House website is “entirely fabricated.”
“We have no evidence of a raised seal being displayed on that document that Savannah Guthrie supposedly felt,” Zullo said. “We don’t know what she felt. No evidence that we can determine shows alterations to that paper body indicating a raised seal. Their work flow is a scan of the document. Upon examination, there is no evidence of raised seal.”
Zullo said his team has seen examples of other Hawaii documents with raised seals clearly displayed.
He pointed out that, according to former White House attorney Bob Bauer – a Perkins Coie attorney before coming to the White House – Obama never even handled the document.
In a sit-down interview with Brian Williams in August 2010, Obama addressed what he called a “network of misinformation” surrounding him, including accusations about his birth certificate.
“I can’t spend all my time with my birth certificate plastered on my forehead. The facts are the facts,” Obama said.
Guthrie did a light interview with Obama during NBC’s pregame Super Bowl coverage that included beer-tasting and the president’s declaration of allegiance to guacamole.
NBC News announced Tuesday it has suspended Williams for six months without pay after revelations he “misrepresented” events he experienced in Iraq during the war.