FNC HOST PREVIOUSLY INTERVIEWED TRUMP ON THE SUBJECT
by Sharon Rondeau
Article II, Section 1, clause 5 of the U.S. Constitution requires that the president be a “natural born Citizen,” which most Americans interpret to mean “born in the United States.”
Robust debate exists as to whether or not a simple birth in the U.S. is sufficient to qualify as a “natural born Citizen” given that the citizenship of one’s parents was stated as a consideration in several Supreme Court cases and by members of Congress in years past.
The discrepancies between statements made by NPR, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, The Honolulu Advertiser’s Will Hoover, former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, and members of Kenya’s parliament in 2010 describing Obama as foreign-born and/or “an immigrant” and Obama’s claim to a birth in Honolulu, HI have never been explained.
In a December 2007 interview with former Nebraska Sen. Bob Kerrey, Matthews stated unequivocally that Obama was “born in Indonesia” and had “an Islamic background,” two items about which those questioning Obama’s life story were later excoriated, ridiculed, and vilified, including by Matthews himself.
On May 17, 2012, Breitbart News produced a promotional pamphlet issued by Obama’s then-literary agent declaring him to have been “born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii.” When confronted by the mainstream media, the agent hastily issued a statement in which she claimed to have made a “fact checking error” while preparing the pamphlet.
On the same day, Dylan Stableford of Yahoo! News reported:
A possible source of the so-called “birther” issue–or at least a potential cause of the rumors that have dogged President Barack Obama–has been identified.
Obama’s former literary agency misidentified his birthplace as Kenya while trying to promote the then-Harvard Law grad as an author in 1991.
According to a promotional booklet produced by the agency, Acton & Dystel, to showcase its roster of writers, Obama was “born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii.”
Miriam Goderich edited the text of the bio; she is now a partner at the Dystel & Goderich agency, which lists Obama as one of its current clients.
On May 19, 2012, Jack Cashill wrote at The American Thinker of Miriam Goderich’s proffered explanation:
This confession rings false to the point of preposterous for any number of reasons. Let us start with the obvious. At the time, 1991, the Acton & Dystel agency listed 90 clients, Obama among its least significant. How likely is it that Goderich would have remembered enough about a 1991 “error” to know it was hers, especially since it went uncorrected through several revisions until changed in 2007? To make this claim credible, there would have to be an existing paper trail leading to an Obama submission in which he lists an Hawaiian birth. I am confident that there is no such submission.
Ironically, Matthews was one who picked up on Hannity’s Monday night interview with Trump attorney Jay Sekulow when Hannity likened the “Russia” probe(s) to “conspiracy-birther-conspiracies, sort-of truthers.”
“What a hoot!” Matthews said of Hannity’s statement to Sekulow.
“Hannity compares Russia investigation to birther conspiracy that used to be on ‘Hannity,’” reported Stableford at Yahoo! News of the development on Tuesday.
On Tuesday, Mediaite reported:
During his broadcast last night, Fox News host Sean Hannity unironically compared the current investigation into Russian election interference and possible collusion with Trump associates to birtherism. Of course, what makes the whole comparison ironic is the fact that President Donald Trump for years pushed the theory that Barack Obama wasn’t born in the United States, only backtracking towards the end of his election campaign.
In April 2011, Hannity interviewed Trump after the then-real estate mogul had publicly demanded that the White House release Obama’s “long-form” birth certificate to ostensibly prove that he was eligible to hold as well as seek the presidency for an upcoming second term.
At the time, Trump raised questions as to Obama’s alleged birth in the U.S. and said that he had a team of investigators in Hawaii seeking proof of Obama’s claim. When asked, Trump declined to elaborate on anything the investigators might have found and has not expounded on it since.
In September 2016, Trump stated at a press conference that he believed Obama was “born in the United States” without explaining how he reached that conclusion.
Despite having occasionally fueled questions about Obama’s background, the legacy media has worked assiduously to neutralize questions about Obama’s birthplace and eligibility without conducting its own investigation to seek the truth behind the many inconsistencies which have been reported, including by the Associated Press, without explanation.
On April 27, 2011, the White House posted what it said was a scan of a certified copy of Obama’s original birth record allegedly held by the Hawaii Department of Health (HDOH). However, almost immediately the image was denounced as a poor forgery by experts, a claim later confirmed by a five-year criminal investigation commissioned by then-Maricopa County Sheriff Joseph Arpaio.
As announced at a December 15, 2016 press conference, the lead investigator for the project, Mike Zullo, revealed that two well-respected forensic analysts had reached conclusions very similar to his own: that the “long-form” birth certificate image posted at whitehouse.gov bearing the name “Barack Hussein Obama II” is a “computer-generated forgery.”
In a number of radio appearances as well as to this publication, Zullo confirmed that on the evening of his initial presser of March 1, 2012, he was scheduled to appear on Hannity’s show but was canceled at the last minute by the show’s producers.
Also declared is fraudulent at that press conference was Obama’s purported Selective Service registration form, a fact which received little to no attention in the media. Timely registration with the Selective Service System (SSS) for all males present in the United States between the ages of 18 and 26 is required for employment with the federal government.