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BIASED NEWS REPORTS REVEAL FLAGRANT DISREGARD FOR THE RULES OF JOURNALISM
by Sharon Rondeau
(Apr. 13, 2010) — A report from MSNBC states that unnamed “U.S. military officials” have reported that Lt. Col. Terrence Lakin, an Army flight surgeon with 18 years of service, will be court-martialed for refusing to follow orders until Barack Obama proves that he is a “natural born Citizen” as required by the U.S. Constitution to serve as President and Commander-in-Chief of the military.
The report continues:
Army doctor Lt. Col. Terry Lakin believes Obama does not meet the constitutional requirements to be president and commander-in-chief, because he believes (incorrectly) that Obama wasn’t born in the United States (emphasis added).
While the article mentions that the officer who confronted Lakin, Col. Gordon Roberts, was “a Vietnam Medal of Honor recipient,” it says nothing about the myriad awards which Lakin has received, among them the Armed Forces Expedition Medal, the Bronze Star, the Army Service Ribbon, and the Combat Medical Badge.
It also provides no evidence to support its claim that Lakin’s decision to disobey orders is “incorrect.” Lakin did not base his actions on “belief,” but rather, on his desire to uphold his oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, as stated in his letter of March 31, 2010 to Obama.
The MSNBC report also labels Lt. Col. Lakin the pejorative “birther” without explaining the meaning of the term.
The Greeley Tribune a newspaper from Lakin’s hometown, reported on Lakin’s decision to disobey orders and, to its credit, listed some of Lakin’s accomplishments and awards. However, after adding a statement from Lakin’s video, it then went on to say, “He [Lakin] does not accuse Obama of illegally obtaining office in the video.”
The U.S. Constitution contains three requirements for presidential eligibility:
No person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty-five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States.
If Obama has usurped the presidency due to his failure to meet any of the three requirements as outlined in the U.S. Constitution, then he has committed a constitutional violation.
A contributor to the Letters to the Editor section of the same newspaper wrote:
…And as for Lt. Col. Terry Lakin, I hope he wins his case. No other president has ever refused to prove that he is an American. Only now do we have someone in office who is afraid of what might surface. I, too, am a decorated combat veteran and I served in Vietnam and Cambodia. I say, send Lt. Col. Lakin to Washington, maybe he can set a few of the Democratic Party proletariats straight.
Another newspaper, The Colorado Independent, did not even attempt to hide its bias in its coverage of Lakin:
Greeley Native, U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel and full-fledged birther Terry Lakin is refusing to deploy to Afghanistan until he sees evidence he can believe in that Pres. Obama is a natural born citizen of the United States. Lakin released a YouTube last week speaking in familiar talk-radio terms about his doubts regarding the president’s citizenship and his legitimacy as commander in chief. Today he received a letter from his brigade commander warning that he faced court marshal [sic] and time in prison. This would be Lakin’s second deployment to Afghanistan. He is fundraising for his legal defense, he says, looking to raise $50,000 by the end of the week. His Greeley relatives are putting distance between themselves and his birther campaign.
Not only can the writer of the article not present the story fairly; he does not know the difference between “marshal” and “martial.”
A Fox News report dated today was listed but blocked in a Google search by two different pop-ups and was therefore inaccessible.