FEATURING ITS OWN!
by Sharon Rondeau
The articles date back to February 2018 and were published one day apart.
The article published first, which the reader accessed second, is titled “FNC’s Jesse Watters Says ‘the Birth Certificate’ is an Obama-Era Scandal” in an apparent acknowledgement of the questions surrounding an image published at the White House website on April 27, 2011 said to represent Barack Obama’s “long-form” birth certificate but found by a five-year criminal investigation to be a “computer-generated forgery.”
The following day, The Post & Email noted that as another discussion of Obama’s claim that his administration was free of scandals unfolded on the 5:00 p.m. ET show “The Five,” co-host Watters “said, looking at the camera and then at Gutfeld, ‘I think you glossed over a pretty big Obama scandal, Greg: the birth certificate.’”
In response, we reported, “Gutfeld let out a loud guffaw” followed by ““I mean, that was huge, that lobbyist (?) who was a forgery, and, uh, he pulled one over on the American people. Arpaio is still getting to the bottom of that.”
“Arpaio” was a reference to former Maricopa County, AZ Sheriff Joseph Arpaio, who commissioned the five-year probe which determined that not only is Obama’s “birth certificate” a forgery, but also his purported Selective Service registration form.
The question mark indicated that we were not certain that “lobbyist” was the word Gutfeld used in his commentary, and the YouTube video to which we linked at the time is no longer available.
The comments were notable since the Fox News Channel, along with other cable-news companies MSNBC, CNN and “mainstream” print outlets, religiously avoided the subject of Obama’s eligibility when questions arose as early as 2007 after MSNBC’s Chris Matthews stated that Obama was “born in Indonesia.”
Article II, Section 1, clause 5 of the U.S. Constitution requires that the president and commander-in-chief be a “natural born Citizen.” While debate has long existed over the exact meaning of the term, it is generally understood that a person born in a foreign country and naturalized as an American citizen cannot serve.
Since beginning his political career in Chicago in 1995 and possibly before, Obama has claimed he was born in Honolulu, HI on August 4, 1961. However, in addition to Matthews, the AP, NPR, and The Honolulu Advertiser had reported at various times over a number of years that Obama was born in Kenya or Indonesia.
Other details of Obama’s life narrative remain conflicting and unexplained.
When the “birth certificate” image was released at whitehouse.gov that Wednesday morning, virtually all U.S. news outlets accepted it as authentic, pushing back against any claims later made to the contrary. An exception was The Washington Times Investigative Radio, which two days later broadcast an analysis by Alfred Lambremont Webre, who declared the image deeply flawed as evidenced by its “layers.”
Additional analysts later agreed, and those findings eventually led 242 of Arpaio’s constituents to petition him to launch an investigation into the claims. The mainstream media largely refused to broadcast on its airwaves three press conferences held over the duration of the probe by lead investigator Mike Zullo and Arpaio in which Zullo explained the conclusions he and his team reached, including the finding that the image was, in fact, created in “layers.”
At the third presser, Zullo announced that two forensic experts, without knowledge of each other and working from different disciplines and continents, performed their own respective analyses of the birth certificate image and arrived at similar conclusions, a finding the media either obscured or misreported.