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Friday, April 10, 2009
WND's Cowardice on Obama Birth Certificate
Topic: WorldNetDaily

WorldNetDaily's Joseph Farah once claimed that "The only news agency in the world, that I know of, that has investigated this matter of Obama's eligibility ... is WND."

That's not exactly true -- but he won't tell the truth about the ones who did, when he deigns to mention them at all.

As we've detailed, WND originally proclaimed the birth certificate released by Barack Obama's campaign to be "authentic." Yet when others remind Farah of his website's previous reporting, which conflicts with the conspiracy-mongering he's peddling now, he lies and obfuscates about it.

While WND promotes supporters of the birth certificate conspiracy -- an April 8 article by Bob Unruh even cites Barry Farber's conspiracy buy-in at rival website Newsmax -- it studiously avoids mention of articles that demolish the conspiracy.

Chief among them is a Dec. 4, 2008, article by David Wiegel at Slate, who describes birthers like Farah and WND as attempting "to overturn presidential results by any means necessary." Wiegel shoots down two significant claims, that the certificate released by Obama's campaign is a forgery and that Obama's grandmother confirmed that Obama was born in Kenya -- both of which were advanced at WND.

Yet WND has never even mentioned Wiegel's article, let alone respond to it.

Why won't WND tell its readers about these developements? What is WND afraid of?The truth, perhaps? That it will be found to have been pursuing a vendetta for months on false pretenses?

Until Farah mans up and starts telling his readers the full truth and admit the parts that have been debunked, WND will continue to be seen for exactly what it is: a vicious, lying, Obama-hating joke of a "news" organization.

UPDATE: Nor has WND responded to criticism of the birther conspriacy by their right-wing fellow travelers at FrontPageMag, which asserted on April 1: "Barack Obama was born in Hawai'i, August 4, 1961 at Kapiolani Medical Center in Honolulu. Obama’s birth certificate posted online is exactly the same birth certificate everybody in Hawaii gets from the State Department of Health. It is not forged," adding that "A World Net Daily story claiming Hawai'i’s Republican Governor Linda Lingle ‘sealed’ the birth certificate is totally false." FrontPageMag also serves up its own substitute conspiracy, claiming that Obama is "creating an opposition which seems to be standing by the side of the road impotently pointing to a piece of paper."

WND's fellow right-wingers are bailing on the conspiracy. Why won't WND acknowledge it?

Posted by Terry K. at 1:09 AM EDT
Updated: Friday, April 10, 2009 8:01 PM EDT

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