“TWO-PAGE, LONG-FORM CERTIFICATION”
by Sharon Rondeau
Amid much media clamor, Trump had publicly demanded that the White House release documentation proving that Obama was born in the United States and was therefore presumably eligible to serve as president in keeping with the U.S. Constitution’s requirement that the chief executive be a “natural born Citizen.”
While Obama claims a birth in Honolulu, HI, a number of mainstream news reports had stated that he was born in Kenya or Indonesia, some of which were altered later to say that he was “born in Hawaii.”
The article, whose only byline is “Fox News,” begins:
Donald Trump, whose popularity as a possible Republican presidential contender shot up after he started questioning the whereabouts of President Obama’s birth certificate, said Wednesday he is “so proud” the president has finally released the forms.
Was there more than one “form?”
On April 27, 2011, NBC News’s Savannah Guthrie claimed to have received a “copy” of the “long-form” birth certificate. Showing a paper to then-NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams, Guthrie said it contained a “raised seal” which she “felt” in an apparent effort to convince viewers that it was authentic.
That claim has been refuted by the former detective, Mike Zullo, who conducted a five-year investigation into the image under the auspices of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO), then led by Sheriff Joseph Arpaio.
NBC appears to have removed the video of Guthrie reporting on the release of the “long-form” document, leaving only a “rush” transcript from its news archives.
A clip of the video is contained here at 4:36.
Fox News’s Steve Centanni also had claimed to be in possession of a paper copy of the birth certificate image as he reported from the White House that day, referring to a one-page document. That video appears to no longer be online.
However, a Fox News radio report confirmed that “copies” of Obama’s “long-form birth certificate” were released on April 27, 2011 and displayed a one-page image.
Close to two years ago, The Post & Email contacted both Centanni and Guthrie with questions about the “document” that they reportedly received from the White House but received no response.
Later in the April 27, 2011 Fox News article, it states:
Trump, who released his birth certificate last month, said the issue was very relevant, especially since so many other topics are being clouded by the distraction.
“I hope it checks out beautifully. … Now we can talk about oil, gasoline prices. We can talk about China ripping off this country. We can talk about OPEC doing numbers on us,” he said.
Trump’s position is similar to the White House‘s reasoning when it surprised reporters Wednesday morning with copies of the two-page, long-form certification of live birth issued by the state of Hawaii. It shows the president was born Aug. 4, 1961, at Kapiolani Hospital in Honolulu to father Barack Hussein Obama and mother Stanley Ann Dunham.
The “Certification of Live Birth” was the image released at The Daily KOS on June 12, 2008, followed by other websites, and is also referred to as the “short-form” birth certificate. That, too, has been said to be a forgery.
The image released by the White House in 2011 is titled “Certificate of Live Birth.”
The reference to the “long-form” birth certificate consisting of two pages is the first this writer has noted, as the Obama White House has always presented it as one page.
Where is the second page, if it exists? If not, why did Fox report the release as two pages?
The George Soros-funded “Media Matters” reported that “Fox News and Fox Business helped lay the groundwork for Trump’s birtherism by giving him a platform to promote his birther beliefs — which some Fox hosts, analysts, and contributors embraced,” citing examples of various Fox News personalities discussing, or allowing discussion of, the Obama birth certificate/eligibility issue as if it were a crime.
On April 29, 2011, Fox posted an article by Jana Winter, who is no longer a Fox News reporter, quoting an “expert” who allegedly confirmed that the long-form birth certificate image is “legit.” The article begins:
It didn’t take long for some of President Obama’s doubters to claim the long-awaited birth certificate posted online by the White House on Wednesday had been altered or might be a fake.
However, the quoted “expert,” Jean Claude Tremblay, decried Winter’s assertions in an interview with WND two months later. “I never said that,” WND reported Tremblay as having said on June 21, 2011. “Winter called me and talked to me for about five minutes on the telephone, and she never said she was going to quote me. Then she misrepresented what I said,” the full quote reads.
WND additionally reported that Tremblay insisted that “none of his comments would permit the conclusion that the Obama birth certificate is an authentic document.” “I no longer trust Fox News,” Tremblay reportedly said. “Despite my protests, Fox News will not allow me to correct their story.”
On July 17, 2012, Arpaio and Zullo held the second of what would be three press conferences on the birth certificate investigation, declaring the image uploaded to whitehouse.gov “definitely fraudulent.” On that day, Fox News posted an article summarizing the presser written by the Associated Press.
The Post & Email has printed the April 27, 2011 Fox News article in the event that it disappears from the web.