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Saturday, October 9, 2010
WND Endorses D'Souza's Highbrow Birtherism
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Being enthusiastic birthers themselves, WorldNetDaily is already selling Dinesh D'Souza's epic of highbrow birtherism, "The Roots of Obama's Rage," so it's no surprise it would promote the book in a "news" article.

An Oct. 8 article by Michael Carl is utterly devoid of skepticism, uncritically relaying all of D'Souza's assertions and avoiding all discussion of D'Souza's egregious factual errors that seriously undermine his theory that Obama is driven by anti-colonialism (not to mention the general wackiness of the theory). Indeed, Carl quotes nobody but D'Souza, treating him like an oracle. Then again, skeptical reporting on Obama-bashers is not something that WND does.

Meanwhile, in his Oct. 8 column, conspiracy-monger Jack Cashill takes the unusual approach that D'Souza's crackpot theory didn't go far enough. No, really.

Cashill complains that D'Souza makes Obama's mother "seem a hapless innocent," when she "was a veritable teen beatnik, hanging out in Seattle's coffee shops talking jazz, foreign films and liberal politics." Did she wear a beret and have a goatee too, Jack?

Cashill also laments D'Souza's "large omission" that "celebrity biographer Christopher Andersen confirmed my thesis that former terrorist Bill Ayers played a major role in the writing of" Obama's book "Dreams From My Father." In fact, as we've noted, Andersen himself backed away from this claim in an interview on CNN's "Reliable Sources," during which he explicitly said, "I definitely do not say he [Ayers] wrote Barack Obama's book."

A place where a nutjob theory is not only treated with reverence but inspires grousing that it's not nutty enough? That's WorldNetDaily for you.

Posted by Terry K. at 11:18 AM EDT

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