WASHINGTON – In the latest effort to obtain information that could settle the controversy over Barack Obama's eligibility for office as a "natural born citizen," WND Editor and Chief Executive Officer Joseph Farah attempted to buy a full-page ad in a Honolulu daily newspaper soliciting assistance in finding documentary evidence of his birth in the city Aug. 4, 1961, as he claims in his autobiography.
Despite offering the full rate of $7,168.50 plus taxes for a full-page, color ad on page 2 of the news section of the Honolulu Star-Bulletin next Monday, the copy was rejected – the latest turndown by a growing list of media companies that won't touch the birth certificate issue even for money.
"I spoke to my publisher and unfortunately we cannot accept the ad because it is political," explained Cyd Kamakea, classified advertising manager.
The ad copy was headlined: "Help Wanted: Information leading to the truth about Barack Obama's birth."
The entire contents of the ad is reprinted below:
WorldNetDaily seeks information, both material and anecdotal, which will reveal the entire truth regarding the circumstances of the birth of President Barack Hussein Obama.
1. We seek the original Hawaiian "vault record of birth" for Obama, if one exists;
2. We seek the certificate number of the original "vault record of birth" for Obama, if one exists;
3. We seek original or certified copies of older vault indexes, for the year 1961, where the name Obama may or may not appear on the vault list or records index;
4. We seek evidence and testimony from anyone who may have witnessed Obama's birth – in Hawaii or elsewhere;
5. We seek Hawaiian hospital records and testimony from attending doctors, nurses and others who may have actual knowledge and evidence regarding Obama, which will either prove or disprove a Hawaiian birth;
6. We seek to know if the Hawaiian state records show a Kenyan or other foreign record of birth for Obama and was perhaps reregistered in Hawaii, which was previously legal in Hawaii for limited purposes in 1961;
7. We especially seek the testimony of genealogists, archivists, records clerks, investigators, and others who may have unique knowledge of the original Obama birth records from 1961;
8. We seek unimpeachable physical evidence and testimony, and you will be asked to submit to interviews and a polygraph test. Your identity will not be revealed to the press without your permission;
9. We will negotiate a fair reward for your information, evidence and testimony.
Please contact Joseph Farah, editor and chief executive officer of WorldNetDaily, by emailing him – [email protected]
"As a former newspaper top executive myself, it is simply astonishing to me how cowardly and closed-minded my former industry has become," said Farah. "Not only will none of these so-called news organizations cover a matter of the utmost public interest, but they will not even allow someone to advertise for help in an independent investigation. The once-great watchdog American press has indeed become the pathetic lapdog American press – subservient to the whims and wishes of those in power."
Farah has waged a fierce campaign to raise the visibility of the eligibility issue since late last year – when it was all but fading from the nation's view.
He began by launching an ongoing petition campaign, that has now gathered nearly 400,000 electronic "signatures" and which, at various times was used to persuade members of the electoral college of the controversy and later handed to the Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court John Roberts.
More recently, Farah initiated a nationwide billboard campaign employing the slogan, "Where's the birth certificate?" That campaign has raised nearly $100,000 in the last two months and resulted in the purchase of about a half-dozen billboards so far around the country.
"Where's The Birth Certificate?" billboard in Pennsylvania
While there are still hundreds of thousands of billboards across America available for expansion of this campaign, three of the largest media companies refused to accept the ads.
In addition, Farah has made available to the general public magnetized bumper stickers for display on automobiles and other metallic surfaces, as well as yard signs and tea party rally signs that mimic the billboard campaign.
More recently, Farah issued a $10,000 challenge for anyone who can provide evidence of being present at the birth of Barack Obama and has called on others to donate to the cause to make it "irresistible" to those who were present – wherever that birth took place just 48 years ago.
"The reason we are resorting to what may strike some as unorthodox efforts for a news agency is because we have been stymied in our ability to get answers from Barack Obama," said Farah. "Obama, who has pledged to run the most open and transparent administration in history has, in fact, slammed the door shut on matters pertaining to his own constitutional eligibility. I don't believe that attitude will change until the American people force it to change. Barack Obama could make this issue go away today by releasing his long-form birth certificate – the one that is signed by an attending physician or other official and names the hospital in which the birth took place."
Farah, a lifelong journalist who directed the newsrooms of major-metropolitan dailies before founding WND, said he is repulsed by the way the rest of the news media, not to mention the opposition party in Washington, have accepted at face value Obama's unsubstantiated and undocumented claims to being a "natural born citizen."
"There is simply no evidence to prove Obama is constitutionally eligible to serve," said Farah. "It is so disturbing that Americans would just give him a pass on the simple constitutional test. In six months in office, he has more than demonstrated complete contempt for the constitutional limits on federal power. It's no wonder. He got away with becoming president without satisfying the explicit and simple demands of constitutional eligibility. What should we expect him to do in office? Should we expect him suddenly to start applying a constitutional test to policy?"
Despite the almost complete lack of reporting on the issue by the press, a scientific survey of the American public conducted by WND this month showed more than 49 percent believe Obama should release his birth certificate and other documents, such as college records, or said they were "troubled" by his refusal to do so.
If you are a member of the media and would like to interview Joseph Farah about this campaign or this issue, e-mail WND.