BUT WHAT ABOUT HIM?
by Sharon Rondeau
(May 1, 2017) — At 10:07 p.m. EDT on Monday, Fox News Channel’s “Hannity” host Sean Hannity told guest Newt Gingrich in a discussion of Trump-critical media that “they never vetted Obama” before he took office on January 20, 2009 following the 2008 election.
Hannity asserted that the “worldview” of the mainstream media, which he said “hates” Donald Trump, lacks an understanding of the effects of socialism, which they often appear to embrace, according to the seasoned radio and cable-news host.
The interview took place after May Day protests took place in cities around the nation and a stabbing attack saw one University of Texas at Austin student killed and several others injured.
Protests in Portland, OR and Los Angeles turned violent in some instances.
Monday was not the first time that Hannity said the media did not look into Obama’s background.
Prior to Obama’s announcing his presidential candidacy, he was reported by NPR and his own literary agent to have been born in Kenya, a factor which undoubtedly would have raised questions about his constitutional eligibility given that the Constitution requires the president to be a “natural born Citizen.”
In 2006, The Honolulu Advertiser reported his birthplace to be Indonesia, later changing it to say he was born in Hawaii. Similarly, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, a fervent Obama supporter, reported him as “born in Indonesia” on December 18, 2007.
Matthews later excoriated anyone who questioned Obama’s purported birth in Hawaii.
While it is possible that the Framers intended the “natural born” requirement to include children born to U.S.-citizen parents overseas, a 1790 statute passed by Congress stating as much was repealed five years later. Even today, most Americans understand “natural born Citizen” to mean “born in the United States.”
The Associated Press and The Washington Post have related very different versions of Obama’s life story, neither of which agrees with his biography posted at whitehouse.gov, now archived as part of the former administration. Neither outlet has provided an explanation of its diverging accounts of Obama’s early years, said to have occurred in Indonesia by the AP and in Kansas by The Post.
Obama’s biography states that he was born in Hawaii in 1961; that he was taken to Indonesia at age 6, where he lived until the age of ten; and that he attended the exclusive private Punahou School in Honolulu through twelfth grade.
Obama and The New York Times claim that his father attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where he reportedly met Obama’s future mother, an 18-year-old freshman, in a Russian-language class. However, in 1990, the AP reported that Barack Hussein Obama Sr. attended Oxford University for his undergraduate work.
To substantiate his purported birth in Hawaii, the White House in 2011 released what it said was a scan of a certified copy of Obama’s “long-form” birth certificate from the Hawaii Department of Health (HDOH). Within hours of its release, however, the image was declared a poorly-created forgery, perhaps completed in haste following increasingly vocal pressure from then-businessman Donald Trump.
A five-year investigation agreed with those initial declarations by graphics professionals, ultimately supported by the opinions of two forensic document analysts from Hawaii and Italy, respectively.
Ironically, just after investigator Mike Zullo first declared the long-form birth certificate image a “computer-generated forgery” in March 2012, he was scheduled to provide an interview to Hannity which was reportedly canceled at the last minute by the show’s producer.
According to Zullo at the same March 1, 2012 press conference, several journalists averred with sworn affidavits that they had been harassed, intimidated and threatened after showing interest in Obama’s background and origins, with one reportedly leaving the country with his or her family.
To this writer’s knowledge, while calling out the mainstream media for failing to look into Obama’s background, Hannity has never raised the issue of Obama’s fraudulent government identification, which Zullo said includes Obama’s purported Selective Service registration form.
Both alleged crimes are federal felonies.
Since 2007, the media has pushed back assiduously at evidence showing that Obama has not been straightforward about crucial details about his life. In 2009, Obama’s then-press secretary attempted to laugh off questions from a single bolder member 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.