The president’s bogus birth certificate

By Joseph Farah

Did you see the reaction of the “press” to Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s report on the fact that Barack Obama’s birth certificate is a crude forgery?

Did the media assembled in Phoenix gasp in shock at the carefully presented findings?

Did reporters run out of the room to file Page 1 stories explaining that the first law-enforcement investigation of the document found overwhelming and compelling evidence of criminal fraud?

Did the shocking report lead the news on ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and CNN?


Instead, the media questioned Arpaio’s motives for presenting the facts.

And they filed stories characterizing the report as conspiracy-mongering.

Or, they ignored the press conference and the report altogether.

What a shameful and disgraceful exhibition by my colleagues!

No wonder most law-enforcement agencies in this country won’t look under rocks the way Arpaio will. No wonder we can’t have a thoughtful, free and open discussion of the facts surrounding Obama’s eligibility for office. No wonder most people are afraid to speak out publicly about this important constitutional issue.

I know how reluctant the investigators were to take an honest look at the evidence. I know they would have preferred to debunk the conclusions of Jerome Corsi and others who had investigated before them. I know there were no predetermined conclusions and a strong inclination toward validating the document if only it were possible.

But honest and independent law-enforcement people don’t do that.

I have immense respect for Sheriff Arpaio, who showed a great deal of courage and integrity.

The press, for the most part, demonstrated no integrity. Unable to dispute the facts, they attempted to smear the messenger.

Take a look at a sampling of some of the accounts I read in the media:

Check out this report from the Associated Press, the largest news-gathering organization in the world:

PHOENIX – America’s self-proclaimed toughest sheriff finds himself entangled these days in his own thorny legal troubles: a federal grand jury probe over alleged abuse of power, Justice Department accusations of racial profiling and revelations that his department didn’t adequately investigate hundreds of Arizona sex-crime cases.

Rather than seek cover, though, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is seeking to grab the spotlight in the same unorthodox fashion that has helped boost his career as a nationally known lawman.

Arpaio scheduled a news conference Thursday to unveil preliminary results of an investigation, conducted by members of his volunteer cold-case posse, into the authenticity of President Barack Obama’s birth certificate, a controversy that has been widely debunked but which remains alive in the eyes of some conservatives. Last year, Donald Trump most prominently revived the issue while entertaining a possible bid for the presidency.

The 79-year-old Republican sheriff has declined to offer clues to what the probe may have found – but defends his need to spearhead such an investigation after nearly 250 people connected to an Arizona tea party group requested one last summer.

You might get the impression this article was written before the press conference – since it suggests Arpaio “declined to offer clues to what the probe may have found.” In fact, it was written and published after a two-hour press conference that meticulously laid out shocking details of why the birth certificate is actually a crude forgery.

How about this report from CBS News:

Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Arizona, announced Thursday that his six-month investigation had found that “probable cause exists indicating that forgery and fraud may have been committed” in the release of President Obama’s long-form birth certificate.

The publicity-hungry Arpaio, a strong opponent of illegal immigration who calls himself “America’s Toughest Sheriff,” said the evidence gathered by his investigators suggests Mr. Obama’s birth certificate and selective service registration card are fakes. …

Arpaio’s press conference puts him in league with the “birthers,” the conspiracy theorists who claim – against overwhelming evidence – that Mr. Obama was not born in the United States and thus is not eligible to be president. (Many “birthers” believe the president was born in Kenya.) The White House’s decision to release the president’s long-form birth certificate in April has quieted such claims, though it did not extinguished [sic] them.

At least this article actually reported some of what Arpaio said between highly opinionated slurs against anyone who would take such matters seriously.

I could give you dozens more examples of such shoddy “reporting.” But you have probably seen them for yourself.

America is in a very sad state when the media are controlled by people who seem to think their job is to protect the powerful and the status quo, while debunking and maligning anyone who steps forward to present some inconvenient facts.

My suggestion?

Don’t get mad. Get even.

Support Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s continuing investigation of this breathtaking scandal. He may represent our last chance to see justice done.

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