NEWS TO THEM OR NOT?
by Sharon Rondeau
Our story, dated October 14, 2009 by founder John Charlton, is titled, “AP declares Obama ‘Kenyan-Born’!”
As Charlton referenced, the source article, marked “—AP” at the bottom, appeared in Kenya’s Sunday Standard on June 27, 2004 and began, “Kenyan-born US Senate hopeful, Barrack Obama, appeared set to take over the Illinois Senate seat after his main rival, Jack Ryan, dropped out of the race on Friday night…”
The AP was among a number of media sources which reported prior to Obama’s presidential run that Obama was born in Kenya or Indonesia rather than Hawaii, as he now claims. Another source, Obama’s then-literary agent, in 1991 published a promotional pamphlet which included Obama’s biography and stated that the nascent author was “born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii.”
In April 2007, two months after Obama announced he would seek the U.S. presidency, the biography was altered to say that he was “born in Hawaii.”
On April 27, 2011, an image purported to represent Obama’s “long-form” birth certificate held by the Hawaii Department of Health (HDOH) was posted on the White House website. Within days, it was analyzed by experts who declared it problematic. A five-year criminal investigation launched in August that year commissioned by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) affirmed those early findings in an initial press conference on March 1, 2012.
At a third and final presser on December 15, 2016, lead investigator Mike Zullo reported that two outside forensic analysts, one from Hawaii and one from Italy, reached the same conclusion that the birth certificate image cannot be considered authentic.
Following that press conference, in an article titled, “Sheriff Joe Arpaio closes probe of Obama birth certificate,” AP reporter Jacques Billeaud failed to mention the new information about the forensic analysts and called the investigation an “erroneous effort.”
Contesting Arpaio’s “effort,” Billeaud wrote:
In 2012, he said the investigation revealed that there was probable cause to believe Obama’s long-form birth certificate was a computer-generated forgery and that the selective service card completed by Obama in 1980 was likely a fraud.
The facts say otherwise. Hawaii officials repeatedly confirmed Obama’s citizenship, and the courts rebuffed a series of lawsuits.