OR DO THEY HAVE THEIR OWN AGENDA?
by Sharon Rondeau
(Nov. 7, 2015) — On Friday night’s “The Factor,” host Bill O’Reilly was interviewing presidential candidate Dr. Benjamin Carson about a recent article published by Politico claiming that Carson had not been completely honest in his book, “Gifted Hands,” particularly as it went to Carson’s claim of a “full scholarship” to West Point Military Academy.
On Friday, CNN and others pointed out where Politico had reported the facts incorrectly, and Politico issued an update in which it changed the title of the article and admitted that it could have made clearer that Carson did not actually apply to West Point.
Politico did, however, “stand by” its reporting despite the errors, just as former CBS reporter Dan Rather “stood by” his story about George W. Bush’s National Guard service based on what an investigation deemed to be fraudulent documentation. “I reported a true story,” Rather has insisted over the years, based on his “belief” that the documents procured for his on-air report were authentic despite evidence to the contrary.
O’Reilly told Carson that he would have to “trust him” to tell the truth, then asked bluntly, “Are you telling me the truth?” To the audience, O’Reilly said, “If you are running for president you gotta tell the truth.”
But O’Reilly never demanded the same of Barack Obama when he was a candidate in 2008 and 2012. In fact, O’Reilly has arguably defended Obama’s sketchy and unconfirmed background, going so far as to say that he investigated Obama’s claimed birth in Hawaii and was sent probative documents from the Hawaii Department of Health (HDOH).
As HDOH officials have correctly claimed since 2008, state law prevents the disclosure of vital records, including birth, death, and marriage certificates, to anyone without a “direct and tangible interest in the record.”
O’Reilly has not reported on several analysts’ claims that the short-form birth certificate released in June 2008 by an unknown party “on the Internet” bearing the name “Barack Hussein Obama II” is a forgery. O’Reilly has not discussed the fact that the image has appeared in several different color schemes over the years without explanation, including at the White House website following the release of the long-form birth certificate on April 27, 2011.
The “long-form” was almost immediately said to be a forgery by experts.
Neither O’Reilly nor anyone at the Fox News Channel reported when a formal criminal investigation declared Obama’s long-four birth certificate and Selective Service registration form “computer-generated forgeries” on March 1, 2012. According to lead investigator Mike Zullo, Sean Hannity scheduled him to appear that same evening, but Fox News producers canceled the interview.
On August 18, 2014, O’Reilly reported, while seeking confirmation from reporter Heather Nauert, that the long-form birth certificate image was “legitimate.”
Eleven days before the release of the long-form image, O’Reilly falsely claimed to his audience that Obama’s alleged Social Security number, which appears to indicate that it was issued in the state of Connecticut, was assigned to Obama because his father lived in that state “for several years” while attending Harvard. The segment was not included in the podcast of the show.
No one in the media demanded that Obama “tell the truth” in 2012 as he campaigned the day after four Americans were murdered in Benghazi, Libya at the hands of terrorists, which the Obama regime attempted to convince the public arose from a “spontaneous protest” in reaction to an obscure Internet video parodying Islam.
Obama has also not been pressed to explain why he lied about his “signature” health care law known as “Obamacare.”
O’Reilly did not report when Zullo stated that Obama’s first book, “Dreams From My Father,” an obfuscation of “a life that was never lived.”
While campaigning against Mitt Romney in 2012, Obama said that he had learned that as president, “you can’t just make stuff up.”
Politico has not reported on the declared forgery of the long-form birth certificate, even as others in the mainstream media published reports on the event that day. On April 27, 2011, the day the long-form birth certificate was released, Politico chose to simply replicate the White House press release rather than write its own story or perform its own investigative work.
For “nearly five years,” Politico provided a “Living Diary of the Obama Presidency” before making the decision to “feature all White House coverage directly on the POLITICO homepage.”
Zullo has called the long-form birth certificate forgery “the foundational lie of this presidency.”
On Saturday morning between 7 and 730 AM, CNN showed Carson responding on Friday night to Politico’s article and the mainstream media in general, claiming that they were seeking inconsistencies in his past out of “desperation.” Carson also said that he could name “one president” whose background had never been vetted: “Barack Obama.”
Carson criticized CNN for its claimed “investigation” of Carson’s claim about violent tendencies during his childhood which CNN said it conducted by speaking with “elementary, junior high and high school classmates who knew him throughout his life.”
Wayne Allyn Root, a 1983 graduate of Columbia University in Political Science, Obama’s purported major, has reported on several occasions that “no one” remembers Obama attending Columbia, including a former professor who said he “taught every significant American politician that ever studied at Columbia. I know them all. I’m proud of them all. Between American History and Diplomatic History, one way or another, they all had to come through my classes. Not Obama. I never had a student with that name in any of my classes. I never met him, never saw him, never heard of him.”
To The Post & Email’s knowledge, the only individuals at Fox News to have raised questions about Obama’s past are Greg Gutfeld on several occasions and Carrie Sheffield once. When Fr. Jonathan Morris claimed to then-Fox & Friends anchor Alisyn Camerota that Obama was “born in Kenya,” she vehemently “corrected” him, saying, “He was born here” without any proof.
The Associated Press has given two different accounts of Obama’s early years relating to when he allegedly was taken to Indonesia by his mother. In a story written in 1990 reporting on Obama’s election to president of the Harvard Law Review, the AP stated that Obama went with his mother to Indonesia at age 2 and “attended schools there through the fifth grade.” However, another AP version of Obama’s life story says that he went to Indonesia at age 6.
Yet another version of Obama’s life says that he was “raised in the Kansas heartland,” a claim The Washington Post, which published the article, has failed to substantiate to this writer.
MSNBC commentator Chris Matthews first reported Obama as born in Indonesia but vehemently defended Obama’s purported birth in Hawaii thereafter to anyone who appeared unsure.
The Maricopa County, AZ Cold Case Posse has reported that there is no evidence of Obama’s ever having spent time in Hawaii before the age of five, a declaration completely ignored by the mainstream press.
Despite two press conferences in 2012 declaring Obama’s documentation fraudulent beyond the standard of probable cause, the media has not conducted its own investigations, nor has Congress.
Like Rather, the mainstream media continues to say that no questions exist about Obama’s constitutional eligibility to serve as president, nor about his claimed birth in Hawaii, based on fraudulent documents. In fact, just 11 days ago, on October 27, 2015, O’Reilly began his show with, “A few years ago some people were saying Barack Obama was not born in the USA,” calling the claims “big lies.”
On Saturday morning, Politico’s homepage featured a story written by Roger Simon titled, “Why are the Candidates so Afraid of the Press?”
Sharon Rondeau has operated The Post & Email since April 2010, focusing on the Obama birth certificate investigation and other government corruption news. She has reported prolifically on constitutional violations within Tennessee’s prison and judicial systems.