TO DISCUSS YAHOO! OBAMA BIRTH CERTIFICATE ARTICLE, OTHER TOPICS
by Sharon Rondeau
Update: Zullo will appear during the second hour of the show, not the first, as was previously reported. The show begins at 5:00 p.m. EDT/4:00 p.m. CDT; Zullo will begin at 6:00 p.m. EDT.
The article, titled, “The inside story of Obama’s birth certificate and the birth of fake news,” quotes from a “memoir” written by Obama Communications Director, Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor Dan Pfeiffer, who asserted that the image said to represent Obama’s “long-form” birth certificate from Hawaii, later found to be fraudulent by a criminal investigation, is authentic.
“The claim that Obama wasn’t born in the United States — the so-called birther conspiracy — first cropped up during the 2008 presidential campaign, when the then Illinois senator was campaigning in Iowa. The story originated in conspiratorial emails that were forwarded by fringe groups in an effort to undercut Obama’s candidacy,” wrote Yahoo! Senior Editor Dylan Stableford.
[Editor’s Note: The above-cited article contains expletives, quoting Pfeiffer.] The article clearly is an attempt to ridicule the “birther conspiracy,” the name given by the mainstream media to anyone asking questions about Obama’s eligibility while also labeling questioners “racist.”
While the author contends that “the mainstream media mostly refused to amplify it,” meaning the questions about Obama’s eligibility which arose in 2007, he does not include the fact that The Honolulu Advertiser, NPR, MSNBC and Obama’s own biographer all reported him as having been born in a foreign country, either Indonesia or Kenya.
Stableford erroneously described the Obama “short-form” birth certificate image, posted by the White House only after the “long-form” was made public on April 27, 2011, as a “Certificate of Live Birth” when it is identified as a “Certification of Live Birth.” In fact, it is the long-form image that bears the title, “Certificate of Life Birth.”
The promo to Pfeiffer’s book, set to be released on Tuesday, is written from a political standpoint, calling Obama “a decent and thoughtful president” who was “succeeded by a buffoonish reality star.”
Pfeiffer is said to contend in the book that the term “fake news” came into existence on the day the long-form image was released. In an archive of Pfeiffer’s blog post that day featuring the image and a press conference Obama gave directly after its release, Pfeiffer himself called the questions surrounding Obama’s birthplace and constitutional eligibility to serve as president “a fake issue.”
Stableford does not report that after the birth certificate image was posted, a number of experts went on-the-record to say that it was a poorly-crafted forgery. Those analyses ultimately led to the launching of a criminal investigation into the image’s origins by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO), then led by Sheriff Joseph Arpaio.
Arpaio delegated the task to his Cold Case Posse, consisting of former professional law enforcers and attorneys. After several days of analysis, the group found that it could not clear the document as authentic.
A five-year investigation then ensued which the mainstream media virtually ignored or misreported. At a third and final press conference held on December 15, 2016, Zullo revealed that two forensic analysts, working separately, on different continents and without knowledge of one another, arrived at very similar conclusions to his own: that the “long-form” birth certificate image is a “computer-generated forgery.”
For his part, Arpaio, who turned 85 on Thursday and is running for the U.S. Senate from Arizona, said in several television interviews that the long-form birth certificate image bearing the name “Barack Hussein Obama” is “a fake document.” Arpaio has also said that the results of the investigation show that Obama would not be qualified to work at the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, which Arpaio led for 24 years.
Ironically, it was Donald Trump who first questioned Obama’s bona fides in a public way early in 2011, when he was considering challenging Obama for the White House the following year. Without presenting any evidence or citations, Stableford claimed that in publicly questioning Obama’s eligibility, Trump “was trying to generate publicity for his NBC reality show, ‘The Celebrity Apprentice.’”
The Yahoo! article quotes Pfeiffer as having described Obama in his book as “an American citizen” but not a “natural born Citizen,” a requirement appearing in Article II, Section 1, clause 5 of the U.S. Constitution solely for the president and commander-in-chief.
Stableford additionally misspelled the name of Obama’s then-White House Counsel, Robert Bauer as “Bower” throughout, including quoting that which Pfeiffer reportedly wrote in his book.
While the article claims, quoting Pfeiffer, that Obama directed Bauer and then-advisor David Plouffe to obtain his “long form” birth certificate, the American public was told that Perkins Coie Attorney Judith Corley, Obama’s then-personal attorney, was the individual who traveled to the Hawaii Department of Health to obtain two certified copies thereof.
Stableford reported that Obama “address reporters” on the afternoon of April 27, 2011, when in fact, he spoke publicly about the release of the birth certificate image shortly after 9:30 AM EDT.
New: One of the topics Zullo plans to discuss is the Congressional Research Service (CRS) memos published between 2009 and 2011 about which legal scholar Joseph DeMaio wrote four thought-provoking analyses which can be found here:
DeMaio’s related work can be found here.