“I WANT TO SEE HIS BIRTH CERTIFICATE”
by Sharon Rondeau
(Apr. 19, 2017) — On Fox News Channel’s Wednesday edition of “The Five” at approximately 5:22 p.m. EDT, co-anchor Greg Gutfeld said he wanted to see Georgia congressional candidate Jon Ossof’s “birth certificate” after Ossof was compared to Barack Obama.
“He’s a 30-year-old Barack Obama,” co-anchor Kimberly Guilfoyle had remarked, invoking Ossof’s message during a special election primary held on Tuesday in Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District.
The seat was vacated by Dr. Tom Price, who became Donald Trump’s Health and Human Services Secretary.
Gutfeld’s comment followed co-anchor Eric Bolling’s that Ossof does not reside in the district he wishes to represent in Congress.
Article I, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution states that U.S. representatives must reside in the state which they represent but is silent on congressional districts.
On previous episodes of the show, Gutfeld has invoked the “birth certificate” issue in relation to Obama, who served as president and commander-in-chief for eight years without any certifiable authentic identification documentation.
On June 12, 2008, an image appeared at the left-leaning Daily KOS website said to be “Obama’s birth certificate.”The image was quickly denounced as a forgery by several experts.
In early 2011, as Donald Trump contemplated a run for the presidency the following year, he stridently called for the White House to release Obama’s “long-form” birth certificate which would presumably contain more detail than the Certification of Live Birth released in 2008.
On April 27, 2011, the White House released what it said was a scan of a certified copy of Obama’s original birth record held by the Hawaii Department of Health (HDOH). However, that, too, was quickly declared a poor forgery.
A five-year criminal investigation launched in August of that year concluded on December 15, 2016 with a press conference during which lead investigator Mike Zullo revealed that two well-respected forensic analysts arrived at the same conclusion as he had in 2012: that the image posted at whitehouse.gov cannot possibly be authentic.
Gutfeld has additionally referred jokingly to Obama as having been born outside the country, as several credible U.S. news sources had reported both prior to and following Obama’s announcement in 2007 that he would seek the presidency.
Despite Gutfeld’s jocose remarks over the years, Fox News has not probed the conclusions of Zullo’s investigation nor reported it as a serious news item other than on January 2, 2017, when “Special Report” anchor Bret Baier referred to it tangentially. At the time, Baier mistakenly reported that the law enforcer who had commissioned the investigation, Sheriff Joseph Arpaio, was the “Metro Phoenix Sheriff” when he served for six terms as Maricopa County Sheriff.
Baier did not discuss the new information Zullo revealed entailing the work of the forensic analysts.
During its lengthy investigation, Zullo also concluded that the Selective Service registration form bearing Obama’s name sent to citizens through FOIA requests beginning in 2008 is fraudulent.
There can be no doubt that the mainstream media is aware that Article II, Section 1, clause 5 of the U.S. Constitution states that the president must be a “natural born Citizen” and that, if Zullo and the forensic experts are correct, a federal crime has been committed in the forgery of government documents.
Longtime host of “The O’Reilly Factor” Bill O’Reilly, who was reportedly terminated on Wednesday, had made several on-air claims about Obama’s purported documentation, one of which was that a team of individuals working with him traveled to Hawaii to verify the short-form Certification of Live Birth.
When reports surfaced that Obama was using a Social Security number issued in the state of Connecticut, O’Reilly attempted to explain the phenomenon by stating that his Kenyan father, who was in the United States for his higher education, “lived in Connecticut for several years” despite showing no evidence to support his claim.
Questions from O’Reilly’s audience did not appear in a video of the broadcast on Fox News’s website.
Another broadcast concerning Obama’s questionable documentation and history occurred in July 2014 when in an interview of Heather Nauert, O’Reilly asked Nauert whether or not the American people could have confidence that the long-form birth certificate is authentic. “It’s absolutely legitimate,” Nauert had said with a reassuring smile.
Nauert has left Fox News and now reportedly works for the Trump State Department.
Just prior to the release of the long-form image, O’Reilly claimed that because the Hawaii Department of Health had released an official statement to the effect that it reportedly had Obama’s original vital record on file, it necessarily meant that Obama was born there.
As The Post & Email reported at the time, in the early years of Hawaii’s statehood, it allowed for late birth registrations and the issuance of a short-form birth certificate affirming a birth in the state upon the claim of a relative without any documentary evidence.
Amended certificates of birth are issued under certain circumstances.
On the Fox News Channel, both before and after he entered politics, Trump has cited items from Obama’s background which no news outlet has dared to probe.