WorldNetDaily's Birth Certificate Fraud
WND is still raising questions about Barack Obama's birth certificate, even though it determined months ago that the certificate is "authentic" -- a report it has refused to acknowledge (or retract) since.
By Terry Krepel
Even though WorldNetDaily reported in August that the birth certificate released by Barack Obama's campaign is "authentic" as determined by its own investigation, and that a lawsuit by Philip J. Berg, an attorney and Hillary Clinton supporter, claiming that Obama is a non-citizen of the U.S. and thus ineligible to run for president "relies on discredited claims," WND has fully embraced assertions that the certificate is a forgery or otherwise insufficient proof that Obama is a U.S. citizen.
Further, no original WND article published on the subject of Obama's birth certificate since that article first appeared has referenced its claims, according to a search of WND's archives.
While WND has not acknowledged the article, it has also not publicly retracted it or otherwise deleted it from its website -- which indicates that it stands by the claims made in it. This further suggests that it is knowingly printing questionable or false claims about Obama's birth certificate, and thus perpetrating a fraud on its readers.
ConWebWatch has detailed WND's refusal to acknowledge its previous reporting during its attempts before the Nov. 4 election to raise questions about Obama's birth. WND's efforts to promote questions about the birth certificate have escalated dramatically since the election -- but there's still no acknowledgment of of its own reporting contradicting those concerns.
In the run-up to the election, WND reporter Jerome Corsi's visit to Hawaii resulted in an Oct. 30 article claiming that Obama and Frank Marshall Davis -- whom Corsi describes as a "Marxist activist" and "also the author of an autobiographical novel boasting of "swinging" and sex with minors" -- sold drugs together in Hawaii in the 1970s. Corsi cites a "credible source, a well-known resident of Honolulu who spoke at length with WND on condition he not be named" as the source of his claim; Corsi offers no evidence that he corroborated it with anyone who isn't an Obama-hater like him eager to publicize any smear. Nor does Corsi explain why his anonymous source is "credible."
Corsi's traipsing around Hawaii drew the attention of none other than Andy Martin -- noted anti-Semite and fabulist, as well as the filer of a frivolous lawsuit against ConWebWatch -- accusing Corsi of following in his footsteps:
Jerome Corsi began his book with a citation to my original work on Barack Obama. Now Corsi has filed a copycat request for Barack Obama's original birth certificate, after I filed a lawsuit in Honolulu seeking the same document. Why didn’t Corsi seek Obama's birth certificate before he wrote his book, not months afterwards?
WND has previously portrayed Martin as a credible source -- in a Sept. 29 article, Aaron Klein affirmatively cited Martin to attack Obama, apparently deciding that because Martin's claims were "referenced on multiple other blogs," they must, therefore be true. Meanwhile, even Fox News has apologized for booking Martin onto Sean Hannity's weekly program to hurl more Obama smears, even if Hannity himself has not.
Getting caught following in Martin's footsteps was no deterrent to Corsi: He penned a Nov. 2 article in which he claimed "there is considerable evidence that Obama was born in Kenya, not in Hawaii as the candidate and his campaign have maintained."
Corsi's so-called "considerable evidence"? An interview he did with "Sayid Obama, brother of Barack Obama senior and the uncle of Sen. Barack Obama," who said he didn't know "whether Barack Obama junior was born in Kenya or in Hawaii."
Such wild attacks didn't deter voters, but Obama's decisive election victory was a bitter pill for WND writers to swallow:
Such bitterness apparently prompted WND to double down on the claim that Obama's birth certificate is fraudulent -- again, ignoring its own previous reporting to the contrary.
Joseph Farah, meanwhile, was demonstrating that WND's feigned ignorance of its own previous reporting on the birth certificate comes straight from the top. In his Nov. 17 column, Farah claimed that "Obama's record of non-cooperation and secrecy" in the matter of his birth certificate "has now resulted in conspiracy theories that will plague him throughout his administration if he doesn't address them now with utter transparence. ... Count me among those who really want to see that birth certificate now." He too failed to note the previous reporting on the website he operates. Further to the contrary, an Oct. 22 article at rival ConWeb component Newsmax otherwise attacking Obama for being the "most secretive Democratic presidential candidate ever" also cited examples in which "the Obama campaign has offered to provide additional information to reporters if they have specific questions or issues," one of them being ... the birth certificate.
Farah followed up with a Nov. 19 column:
Next time you move to another state and need a new driver's license, try this: Refuse to produce the birth certificate or any other personal information required by the department of motor vehicles. Just explain that a facsimile of the required document is posted on your website and give the clerk the domain name.
Again, no mention that Farah's own employees have found the birth certificate to be authentic.
In a Nov. 19 teleseminar WND conducted by Corsi, Farah and WND managing editor David Kupelian, Corsi upped the conspiratorial ante:
And I was dispatched twice to Hawaii. We've hired some very, very top private investigators. And again, these birth certificate documents are sealed. So you simply cannot get the original documents.
That sentiment was echoed by Farah:
It is amazing to me -- think about this, folks -- that the biggest scoop any news organization could have had during this campaign and after this campaign prior to this inauguration would be to get a legitimate copy of Obama's real birth certificate. This is a man who pledged to come into the presidency and bring a new openness to government, and the biggest state secret in the United States today is where was this guy born.
You guessed it -- no mention of WND's own previous reporting.
Declaring that he's "raising the stakes" in the manufactured controversy over Barack Obama's birth certificate, Farah claimed in his Nov. 21 column that he is "personally sponsoring a petition campaign right here at this Internet news source, to all controlling legal authorities to determine Barack Obama's eligibility for the presidency under Article 2, Section 1, of the Constitution and to use all of their persuasive powers to make this information freely available to the rulers of this country we the people." Farah writes:
I tell you all this because despite the shroud of secrecy over the birth certificate issue, there are some organizations out there insisting it is all a tempest in a teapot that the issue is settled, that the birth certificate has been released, that Obama has been determined to be eligible by some mystery authority.
No mention of course, that one of the "mystery authorities" that has previously determined [Obama] to be eligible" is ... WorldNetDaily.
And so on. WND columnist Janet Folger Porter joined the fun, using her Nov. 25 column to call the issue "Rathergate all over again with more amiss than a 1970s Selectric typewriter," asserting that the "Certificate of Live Birth documents posted on Mr. Obama's website www.fightthesmears.com, Daily Kos (a pro-Obama blog) and factcheck.org, (a pro-Obama political research group), were found to be altered and forged."
If Porter really wants a Rathergate-like scandal to investigate, she should check into a much closer parallel: Corsi's use of bogus documents to smear Obama by falsely linking him to Keyan prime minister Raila Odinga.
Porter's claim that Factcheck.org is "a pro-Obama political research group" is false; in fact, it has criticized the Obama campaign for straying from the facts on numerous occasions. Not a surprising smear, given that Porter is best known for uncritically quoting a neo-Nazi racist to advance her anti-gay agenda.
As December rolled around, WND ratcheted up the attacks:
With each article WND publishes on Obama's birth certificate that fails to acknowledge that August article declaring the certificate "authentic," it perpetrates a journalistic fraud on its readers. Certainly WND's employees are not so stupid as to be unaware the article exists; thus, the only logical conclusion is that WND is deliberately ignoring, which constitutes the basis for this fraud.
If WND no longer stands by the article, it should say so. If it does stand by the article, it should stop promoting the fiction that Obama is not a U.S. citizen.
Those are the only two choices available to an ethical journalist. But WND's journalists have proven they have no interest in behaving in an ethical manner.
Until Joseph Farah and WND come clean and tell the truth, they cannot be trusted as a credible news source. If it can't reconcile its own reporting, why trust anything else it publishes?