Our friends over at Breitbart.com broke the story on Thursday afternoon – Obama’s literary agent published a catalogue of its roster back in 1991 that stated the president was “born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii.”
It was all just a mistake ABC News, one of the few mainstream American outlets to run the story, was quick to say. In fact they ran with a headline saying, “Obama’s Literary Agent Misidentified His Birthplace in 1991.” They quote Miriam Goderich as saying “This was nothing more than a fact checking error by me–an agency assistant at the time.”
Ah, but as they say on late night TV, wait, there’s more.
Turns out Ms. Goderich made that mistake over and over again for 16 years even after Obama was a best-selling author, a US Senator and had announced his run for president. Sun News contributor Ben Shapiro added that story to the mix including this link to the archived website as it appeared on April 3, 2007.
Then comes Steve Boman, another Chicagoan who once used the Dystel literary agency at the same time as Obama did back in the 90s. He says there was only one place the agent got biographical information from – the authors.
So far the mainstream American media are ignoring this and the Canadian media, the folks that would print a story about Sarah Palin’s third cousin twice removed if it would embarrass her, are silent as well. Some have moved to dismiss it as a mistake but it is one that survived several re-writes of Obama’s bio including the update that he was a senator.
Does this prove that Obama was born in Kenya?
No, but combined with the oddities of his birth certificate and statements by people like his wife Michelle who called Kenya her husband’s home country, it doesn’t help the Obama campaign put this story to rest. In fact it gives it more credibility.
The best the president can come out of this with is admitting that he is a liar or willing to let lies be told about his to make him seem more interesting. There is zero chance that this was a mistake that lasted for 16 years with an agency that he employed to represent him.
So if he wasn’t born in Kenya but just claimed to be then why was that? Was it to make himself more marketable in the publishing world? Was it to make himself more attractive to the ladies?
This should be front page news everywhere but it isn’t. That will only feed those that are birthers and convinced that the media is trying to cover up for Obama.
Radio host Glenn Beck, not a birther at all, dismissed the idea that Obama was born anywhere but Hawaii when he talked about this on his radio program Friday and in the past has called the birth certificate issue a diversion used by the Obama campaign when they are in trouble. Lately they have been in trouble with polls showing Mitt Romney gaining support overall and now leading among women.
Meanwhile sites that do believe the birther theory like Infowars and World Net Daily say that this is just another piece of evidence. WND founder Joseph Farrah says he doesn’t understand media outlets, including Breitbart, distancing themselves from the birther story.
I do understand that, there is a large section of the public that dismisses anything to do with birtherism and its not just the MSM. Not being American I haven’t invested much time or thought into this and I would agree that as for defeating Obama the better issue is his horrible economic record.
That doesn’t excuse the MSM for a dereliction of duty in properly vetting the president. Now that this information is out there it is time for them to get on the job. As I said, the best case scenario for the president is that he is just a liar trying to impress people.
Categories: American politics