BUT WITH WHAT EVIDENCE?
by Sharon Rondeau, h/t GW
(Sep. 16, 2017) — At Friday’s White House press corps briefing, a reporter equated President Donald Trump’s criticism of ESPN’s handling of one of its reporters’ political comments to those Trump made beginning in 2011 termed by the media as “birtherism.”
Without mentioning the subject of Trump’s “birther” comments, Barack Hussein Obama, the reporter asked, “Does that mean that he’s willing to apologize for birtherism claims that he had, called on for years?”
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders responded that ESPN should be “consistent” in its dealing with anchors who make political statements, citing the example of another reporter who had been fired resulting from a similar situation.
On Wednesday, Sanders stated from the podium that Hill’s comments should constitute a “fireable offense” on ESPN’s part.
Hill, who is black, was invited to the White House in 2016, where she is pictured with the Obamas in a photo on her Twitter timeline.
After Hill issued her “white supremacist” tweet on Monday, controversy inevitably arose, prompting her to issue a statement in which she said that her “comments on Twitter expressed my personal beliefs.”
On Friday, Trump tweeted that ESPN is “paying a really big price for its politics (and bad programming)…”
The reporter asking the question of Sanders added that Trump’s “birtherism” comments were “not true.”
No member of the mainstream media has acknowledged that after Trump began to publicly question Barack Obama’s presidential qualifications in 2011 and pressured the White House to release Obama’s “long-form” birth certificate, the image, once published, was found to be fraudulent by a five-year criminal investigation.
On April 27, 2011, the image, said to be a scan of a certified copy of Obama’s original Hawaii birth certificate, was posted at whitehouse.gov amid much media fanfare and Obama’s remarks at an unscheduled press conference wherein he claimed it represented “additional information about the site of my birth.”
The criminal probe was commissioned in August 2011 by then-Maricopa County Sheriff Joseph Arpaio at the request of 242 of his constituents. On March 1, 2012, lead investigator Mike Zullo revealed that probable cause existed to believe that the image is a “computer-generated forgery.”
To Arpaio’s surprise, no media outlet expressed enough curiosity to launch its own investigation into those findings, but rather, chose to ridicule and vilify the messengers.
Before Obama ran for president, his then-literary agent stated without equivocation that Obama was “born in Kenya” and not Hawaii, as Obama has claimed publicly. NPR and the AP also reported him as “Kenyan-born,” although NPR later changed its article to state “born in Hawaii.”
Last September, NPR headlined an article with, “Trump Still Won’t Say He Believes Obama Born In U.S. Despite Campaign Claim He Does.”
The mainstream media is undoubtedly aware that Article II, Section 1, clause 5 of the U.S. Constitution requires the president and commander-in-chief to be a “natural born Citizen,” the cornerstone of which is generally considered to be a birth in the United States.
Some constitutional attorneys, scholars and citizens believe that Obama’s claim to a parent who was never a U.S. citizen was enough to disqualify him.
When the Framers included the “natural born Citizen” clause in the Constitution, they provided no definition of the term. However, the requirement for U.S. senators and U.S. representatives is stated simply as “a Citizen of the United States.”
During a third and final press conference last December, lead investigator Mike Zullo revealed that two well-known forensic analysts, conducting their own respective examinations of the long-form birth certificate image bearing Obama’s name, reached conclusions very similar to his own.
Arpaio stated at the conclusion of the presser that not all of the evidence investigators gathered had been released that day and that the evidence in its totality would be turned over to federal authorities.
To the public’s knowledge, neither Congress nor the FBI has investigated why the image, still available at the Obama White House archives online, was declared a forgery by not one investigation, but three.
While Trump has declined to comment on the “birther” issue for some time, members of the media or the pundit community continue to raise them.