Obama “Kenyan-Born” Article Attributed to AP Not Contested to The Post & Email

FOLLOWING RECENT INQUIRY

by Sharon Rondeau

(Sep. 19, 2019) — On Tuesday, The Post & Email published an article titled, “AP Reads its Own Story on ‘Kenyan-Born’ Obama” after a reader with an “Associated Press” IP opened our 2009 article referencing another published in a Kenyan newspaper in 2004.

The June 27, 2004 article in The Kenya Sunday Standard titled, “Kenyan-born Obama all set for US Senate” does not appear in a search of the website today.

A 2008 article Standard responsive to Obama’s anticipated inauguration describes him as having “roots” in Kenya because of his alleged father, a Harvard-educated economist who returned to his home country in 1964 after his U.S. visa was not renewed.

In response to Tuesday’s article, commenter “bebop” claimed “that the original Associated Press Sunday Standard article (Friday June 25, 2004 by Maura Kelly Lannan) says no such thing about Obama…it was apparently doctored (most likely by the Kenya-based edition of the Sunday Standard) to include the ‘Kenyan-born’ reference…they even spelled Barack wrong….”

The Post & Email subsequently contacted both the AP and the Sunday Standard to ask if the article was inauthentic in any way.  Neither responded as of this writing, although the AP acknowledged our email sent through its contact form.

After we asked “bebop” for a link to the article he/she referenced, he/she responded:

Tracking down the original requires a Nexis search but many archived on-line newspaper sites retain the original item

https://www.heraldtribune.com/article/LK/20040625/News/605223376/SH/

https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-2004-jun-27-adna-ryan27-story.html

The Post & Email found through a Google search the June 25, 2004 Herald-Tribune article by Maura Kelly Lannan, one paragraph from which The Standard repeated verbatim:

“It’s clear to me that a vigorous debate on the issues most likely could not take place if I remain in the race,” Ryan, 44, said in a statement. “What would take place, rather, is a brutal, scorched-earth campaign – the kind of campaign that has turned off so many voters, the kind of politics I refuse to play.”

Lannan’s statement that “Ryan disputed the allegations, saying he and his wife went to one ‘avant-garde’ club in Paris and left because they felt uncomfortable” was rewritten and added to by The Standard as, “Although Ryan disputed the allegations, saying he and his wife went to one ‘avant-garde’ club in Paris and left because they felt uncomfortable, lashed out at the media and said it was ‘truly outrageous’ that the Chicago Tribune got a judge to unseal the records.”

The Standard also provided different information than Lannan’s.

In its reproduction of Lannan’s piece, The Los Angeles Times renamed it “Senate Candidate Quits Amid Furor.”

Snopes.com makes the same claim as “bebop” and references “LexisNexus” but does not provide a link to Lannan’s article.

 

17 Responses to "Obama “Kenyan-Born” Article Attributed to AP Not Contested to The Post & Email"

  1. Sharon Rondeau   Saturday, September 21, 2019 at 11:07 AM

    Yes, I think that article has some errors in it.

  2. Glen Day   Saturday, September 21, 2019 at 10:02 AM

    “What does the name and letter indicate, anyone know?”

    “It is the Acton and Dystel 1991 pamphlet, not the Harvard Law Review Year Book.”

    The article I’m looking at says Harvard Law Review Year Book. It says nothing about Acton and Dystel.

  3. Bob68   Saturday, September 21, 2019 at 12:14 AM

    IMO the problem has never been a lack of evidence indicating Obama needs to have a real investigation, not done by a corrupt government agency, into his birthplace, his identity, his associations, his school and other records, etc… The problem was/is not a lack of evidence, it was and is fear of the race card more than anything else, which prevented any real vetting because no one wanted to be called “racist” and be accused of stopping, “America’s historic first black president”. Once Obama was sworn-in it was then obvious the race card remained a factor in protecting him, but it immediately dropped to second place behind the criminality involved with ignoring the sworn oath taken by most in government to protect the Constitution. Constitutional eligibility was ignored and so many people became complicit in this mother of all crimes that the crime became self-protecting. Even members of Congress who did not want Obama to become president became complicit in this HUGE crime against American citizens and her Constitution for saying/doing nothing to try to stop it and/or covering for Obama, right up until today. If you look back at the actions and inaction of the Republicans, their ignoring, obfuscating and lying to constituents who brought up the issue and even at one point telling Obama he would not be impeached, apparently no matter what might do, it becomes clear they were/are protecting themselves from the crime of having effectively given America’s government and her military to the enemy. It made no difference what evidence was presented; there would be no action except to protect Obama because the truth could send a whole lot of rich and powerful people to prison, or worse. To me this was never hard to see or understand, and now that I have seen the panic over the election of the “birther” Donald Trump instead of the planned and promised in 2008 after Obama cover of Hillary Clinton I am more convinced than ever I was correct all the way back to 2009, when it first occurred to me why there would never be any action taken that could uncover the illegitimacy of Obama….the crime is apparently too big to prosecute and even too big to openly and fairly discuss. Note……I am not saying it should be that way, only that so far……..it is.

  4. Lew Harper   Friday, September 20, 2019 at 10:43 PM

    “What does the name and letter indicate, anyone know?”

    It is the Acton and Dystel 1991 pamphlet, not the Harvard Law Review Year Book.

    FWIW,

    https://www.huffpost.com/entry/obama-birthplace_b_1530399

  5. CDR Kerchner (Ret)   Friday, September 20, 2019 at 8:04 PM

    And then there is this article, a blast from the past, about the pamphlet bio and also the Ayers (the parents of the domestic terrorist) family’s mailman meeting Obama … and also Michelle Obama’s comments at public events. Obama himself is the one who claimed he was born in Kenya until such time as he formally decided to run for President and then the scrubbing of his past life narrative began: https://www.wnd.com/2012/05/shocker-obama-was-still-kenyan-born-in-2003/ The far-left sites for anything political like Snopes, FactChecker.org, PolitiFact, and others have been running cover for the original Birther Obama since 2007/2008 as more and more examples surfaced where Obama himself in the past and others in the past and during the early part of his first presidential campaign reported that he was born in Kenya. Even the Ambassador to the United States stated in a radio interview that Barack Obama (the younger not the senior’s) birth place in Kenya is well known. See this list for the link for that radio interview: https://www.scribd.com/lists/3248475/Kenyan-Gov-Officials-African-Newspapers-Obama-1991-Bio-Barry-Obama-Obama-Family-Mbrs-and-other-Accounts-Reporting-Obama-is-Kenyan-Born

  6. Glen Day   Friday, September 20, 2019 at 7:35 PM

    Wednesday, August 28, 2019

    From article published in the Alculin and Flutterby

    http://alcuinbramerton.blogspot.com/2012/08/barack-obamas-official-biography-in.html

    Barack Obama’s official biography in the original Harvard Law Review 1991 Year Book
    An image is in the article and is said to be a photocopy of President Barack Obama’s biography as it was published in the 1991 Harvard Law Review Year Book. it reads as follows:

    “Barack Obama, the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review, was born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii. The son of an American anthropologist and a Kenyan finance minister, he attended Columbia University and worked as a financial journalist and editor for Business International Corporation. He served as project coordinator in Harlem for the New York Public Interest Research Group and was Executive Director of the Developing Communities Project in Chicago’s South Side. His commitment to social and racial issues will be evident in his first book, Journey in Black and White.”

    Also depicted in the article is a 1991 photo of Obama with the yearbook image.

    Just visible is an under-image, or watermark, beneath the first three lines of the Obama bio and orientated at right angle and vertical to the text is the name “BREITBART”. It is legible and is next to a reversed-out capital letter ‘B’. This appears to be a Breitbart logo. What does the name and letter indicate, anyone know?

  7. CDR Kerchner (Ret)   Friday, September 20, 2019 at 7:28 PM

    A timeline analysis showing how Obama for many years promoted himself as born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii, with screenshots: https://defiantamerica.com/evidence-shows-obama-used-kenya-as-birthplace-until-2007/

    The Obots here wish to project now that it was all just errors, typos, or edits of AP stories by that paper in Kenya when imo it is the other way around. Obama and his allies in the major media and big tech companies have been retro-actively scrubbing (since Obama declared his run for the Presidency) away evidence of Obama early life and narrative as Obama himself put it out.

    Could all these people and family members and associates and government officials in Kenya and in the USA have all made it up. No, Obama was the first Birther in telling the world for many, many years that he was born in Kenya: https://www.scribd.com/lists/3248475/Kenyan-Gov-Officials-African-Newspapers-Obama-1991-Bio-Barry-Obama-Obama-Family-Mbrs-and-other-Accounts-Reporting-Obama-is-Kenyan-Born The Obots use a tactic of talking repetitiously about one such account about Barry Obama and ignore the many, many other accounts in the link provided in the prior sentence. I ask again ,what other U.S. President since the demise of the founding generation has people and government officials in a foreign country repeatedly saying he was born there? https://www.scribd.com/doc/53259902/What-U-S-Pres-in-History-Has-Multiple-Sources-in-Foreign-Country-Saying-He-Was-Born-There

  8. James Carter   Friday, September 20, 2019 at 4:06 PM

    With respect to the Sunday Standard apparently adding “Kenyan born” to the AP’s article, so? Perhaps, just perhaps, the AP knew/suspected Obama was born in Kenya (based upon all the evidence in the public domain) but didn’t want the American public to know. And, on the flip side, the Sunday Standard knew Obama was born in Kenya and wanted the Kenyan public to know.

    With respect to Acton & Dystel assistant Miriam Goderich’s “fact-checking error”, Obama’s bio saying he was born in Kenya, IMHO it’s a real stretch to believe his bio was updated 3-4 times over the course of 16 years yet no one noticed/corrected her “fact-checking error” until soon after he announced his candidacy for President.

    Bottom-line is: In my 76 years on this Earth I’ve never known one person to have anywhere near the number of suspect things about their birth and identity documents as there are about Obama’s. And he just happened to believe the U.S. Constitution is backasswards. And he also just happened to have emphatically proclaimed his intent to fundamentally transform America. And he also just happened to be elected/re-elected President of the United States.

  9. Mike Shoesmith   Friday, September 20, 2019 at 4:04 PM

    Ofeibea Quist-Arcton, NPR’s Africa-based correspondent, tells why her beat has proved one of the most interesting ‘this’ year.

    She discusses the stories that have been painful and devastating for many nations on the continent such as the violent political fights that have led to power-sharing deals.

    She also describes the stories that have been exciting, including the U.S. presidential race of ‘Kenyan-born’ Sen. Barack Obama.

    https://web.archive.org/web/20091020224623/http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=95550177

  10. Glen Day   Friday, September 20, 2019 at 12:10 PM

    U.S. Marine Jim “Race Bannon” Bancroft stated that in August of 1980, he was on liberty in Honolulu, Hawaii’. He doesn’t remember the exact address, or the exact business, but one-night, he stopped at a small shop that was either on Kalakaua Blvd or the street just north of it, one block north. Bancroft struck up a conversation with a young man, “Mulatto, about 18, all teeth, smiling, skinny, short hair, at least short for that period”.

    The young man told Bancroft he lived in Hawaii. This was an oddity because not many black Americans lived there at that time. Bancroft asked the young man if he was in the military and he replied he was not. Bancroft told the young man that he was in the Marine Corp and had recently returned from a naval deployment with the fleet. Bancroft stated he and the young man spoke of world travel and Bancroft told him of the places he’d been while in the Marines.
    .
    The young man told Bancroft he grew up in Indonesia. He stated he wanted to be President of the US someday. Bancroft wished him luck. The two men spoke of the racial tensions in the U.S. Bancroft asked the young man if he’d seen those kinds of problems overseas or in Hawaii. Bancroft doesn’t remember his answer. The young man spoke more of his time overseas and his thoughts on life and philosophy of government. He made harsh and critical statements about the U.S. and caused Bancroft to realize the young man had never actually been to the Continental United States. Bancroft told him he shouldn’t judge the ( Continental) United States so harshly never having lived there.

    Bancroft told the young man that during his naval deployment, he’d been to Africa, specifically Mombasa Kenya, and the young man then abruptly stated, “I was born there”. Bancroft told the young man that he was not eligible to be president if that was true. The young man then replied that his mother was an American, so, maybe it was okay.
    Bancroft cannot swear the young man he met that August evening in 1980 was Barack Obama, but the details fit the profile of the man who some claim was born in Kenya and others claim was born in Hawaii. The man Bancroft met was about 18, thin, Mulatto, and stated he was born in Mombasa and raised overseas in Indonesia and was living in Hawaii. He told Bancroft he wanted to be President of the United States.

    Bancroft remembers that face of a young man who sat on a table to his right front, his hands resting on the edge of the table, leaning forward, his smile, all teeth. It was Barack Obama. Bancroft will tell people at the risk of ridicule. “I was there and saw him, I spoke to him.”

  11. Lew Harper   Friday, September 20, 2019 at 10:39 AM

    Has any journalist contacted Miriam Goderich to ask her about her statement:

    “You’re undoubtedly aware of the brouhaha stirred up by Breitbart about the erroneous statement in a client list Acton & Dystel published in 1991 (for circulation within the publishing industry only) that Barack Obama was born in Kenya. This was nothing more than a fact checking error by me — an agency assistant at the time. There was never any information given to us by Obama in any of his correspondence or other communications suggesting in any way that he was born in Kenya and not Hawaii. I hope you can communicate to your readers that this was a simple mistake and nothing more.”

    https://web.archive.org/web/20120519174151/https://politicalwire.com/archives/2012/05/17/literary_agent_says_1991_booklet_was_a_mistake.html

    In 1991 the “correspondence or other communications” would have probably been the US mail or telephone.

  12. Lew Harper   Friday, September 20, 2019 at 10:21 AM

    The Gateway Pundit article has the following at the bottom of the page:

    “UPDATE: The headline was added by a Kenyan paper.”

    It is a link to a Snopes article showing the original AP article.

  13. Bob68   Friday, September 20, 2019 at 9:15 AM

    Sharon,
    My opinion, from memory……….What I remember most about the Breitbart report you mention is the repeated apologies they made for reporting the information on Obama, and how Breitbart said they did not believe the literary agent biography, which was given to the agency by Obama. Breitbart said they believed Obama was born in Hawaii and that Andrew Breitbart was not a “birther”. They had IMO already been beaten into submission by cries of racism and Alinsky tactics which were being used to shut down attempts to reveal anything which differed from the latest “official” truth about Barry. The race card worked, as did control of 98% of the media. Once Obama was sworn-in his protection went from race to complicity in placing an ineligible, identity fraud con-artist in place as America’s putative president….That was/is more effective than the race card because the penalties for effectively giving America’s government and her military to the enemy and covering for that huge crime right up until today are much greater.

    The battle goes on and Donald Trump the “birther” being elected in 2016 instead of the planned and promised in 2008 Hillary Clinton gave America one last chance, and it created panic among all complicit in The Obama Fraud, which is why they are desperately trying to remove President Trump from office to prevent the possibility the truth will be fully revealed and acted on.
    It also brings back memories of Andrew Breitbart having a fatal heart attack 1 day before a scheduled meeting with Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
    Breitbart link on this subject:
    https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2012/05/17/The-Vetting-Barack-Obama-Literary-Agent-1991-Born-in-Kenya-Raised-Indonesia-Hawaii/

  14. Sharon Rondeau   Friday, September 20, 2019 at 7:08 AM

    That was the day Breitbart published its report on the literary agent’s bio stating that Obama was “born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii.”

  15. CDR Kerchner (Ret)   Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 11:04 PM

    What U.S. President in History Has Multiple Sources in Foreign Country Saying He Was Born There? — https://www.scribd.com/doc/53259902/What-U-S-Pres-in-History-Has-Multiple-Sources-in-Foreign-Country-Saying-He-Was-Born-There

  16. Nikita's_UN_Shoe   Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 9:30 PM

    The Gateway Pundit website reminisced about the original AP article on May 17, 2012:
    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2012/05/ap-2004-flashback-kenyan-born-obama-all-set-for-us-senate/

  17. Lew Harper   Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 7:28 PM

    It appears the there are slight variations in Sunday Standard article and other AP versions, for example:

    Sunday Standard:

    “Ryan’s campaign began to crumble on Monday following the release of embarrassing records from his divorce. In the records, his ex-wife, Boston Public actress Jeri Ryan, said her former husband took her to kinky sex clubs in Paris, New York and New Orleans.”

    Arizona Daily Sun:

    “The campaign began to come apart Monday following the release of embarrassing records from Ryan’s divorce. In those records, his ex-wife, “Boston Public” actress Jeri Ryan, said Ryan took her to kinky sex clubs in Paris, New York and New Orleans and tried to get her to perform sex acts with him while others watched.”

    Sunday Standard:

    “Although Ryan disputed the allegations, saying he and his wife went to one ‘avant-garde’ club in Paris and left because they felt uncomfortable, lashed out at the media and said it was “truly outrageous” that the Chicago Tribune got a judge to unseal the records.”

    Arizona Daily Sun

    “Ryan disputed the allegations, saying he and his wife went to one “avant-garde” club in Paris and left because they felt uncomfortable.”

    “In quitting the race, Ryan lashed out at the media and said it was “truly outrageous” that the Chicago Tribune got a judge to unseal the records.”

    I guess The Sunday Standard and other papers rewrote the AP article to satisfy their own standards and requirements.

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