TO HOST TUCKER CARLSON
by Sharon Rondeau
(Jan. 25, 2017) — On Wednesday evening, Buzzfeed editor Ben Smith mentioned Obama’s “birth certificate” in an interview with Tucker Carlson on his new show, which begins at 9:00 p.m. EST every weekday night.
The subject arose while Smith was discussing whether or not unverified documents should be released to the public, arising from Buzzfeed’s publication of a “dossier” prior to Donald Trump’s inauguration alleging that the Russian government possessed video footage which could be used to blackmail Trump.
Smith acknowledged at the beginning of the segment that while he and Carlson disagree ideologically on many things, he agrees that unvetted stories should generally not be disseminated by Buzzfeed or any other “news” organization.
Before Obama left office, he expressed dismay over the abundance of “fake news” on the internet.
An example on which Carlson and Smith agreed was their mutual non-reportage of allegations made by Larry Sinclair against Obama both before and after he was elected in 2008.
However, later in the interview, Carlson accused Smith of publishing controversial material, including articles he deemed contained “racist” elements.
Buzzfeed has never reported, to this writer’s knowledge, on the questions behind the long-form birth certificate image posted on the White House website in 2011.
Mainstream media have refused to televise the findings of a five-year criminal investigation into the birth certificate image which found it to be a “computer-generated forgery” after six months, and neither Smith nor Carlson deviated from that precedent.
A third and final press conference held by then-Maricopa County, AZ Sheriff Joe Arpaio and investigator Mike Zullo last month revealed that two well-respected forensics analysts agreed, based on nine identified points of forgery, that the image, now archived from its original place on whitehouse.gov, cannot be authentic.
The investigation also found Obama’s Selective Service registration form to be fraudulent early on.
The forgery of government documents is a federal felony, but no suspects have yet been named. Following the last presser, investigators planned to turn over the evidence gathered to federal authorities and Congress.
Although there is no doubt that Congress was aware of the reports of forgery, not one member of the U.S. House of Representatives or Senate took action to launch a congressional investigation to find the perpetrator(s) or answer the question as to why forgeries would have been proffered in place of actual, paper documents on the sitting President of the United States.
Carlson did not comment on Smith’s invocation of the “birth certificate” issue or speculation on the part of some Americans that Obama is a Muslim.
Whether or not Smith meant to imply that questions over the birth certificate or Obama’s faith are unvetted or “fake news” is unclear.
At 9:07 p.m., Carlson accused Smith of “masquerading” instead of reporting real news, after which the conversation became more contentious.
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.