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Saturday, April 9, 2011
Report: WND 'Patched In' To Trump's Birther Meeting, 'Privy To What Was Going On'
Topic: WorldNetDaily

With Donald Trump going full birther, it's no surprise that WorldNetDaily would want to get in on some of that action. Now we have apparent proof that it is working with Trump.

The right-wing website The Post and Email contains a report from an anonymous "citizen reporter" about what happened inside a meeting Trump had with tea party activists and an Arizona state representative who sponsored an "eligibility" bill in the state that highlights WND's involvement:

Trump gave them a little over 30 minutes.  WorldNetDaily had been patched in somehow and apparently had been privy to what was going on.  Also, there were a lot of media outside in the hallway, but none was allowed into the meeting.  The only people in the meeting were Trump, (Michael D.) Cohen, and the three people from Arizona.

Between this and its creation of an affidavit for birther and former Hawaii election temp Tim Adams to sign, it seems WND isn't content reporting the news; it's working behind the scenes to invent birther news to report. That's not the role of a "news" organization.

The Post and Email also includes another account from a meeting participant rehashing the claims the participants fed to Trump:

The discussion trend allowed me to ask Mr. Trump right after he was speaking about the Kenyan grandmother, whether he knew about the Kenyan Assemblyman, (James Orengo) who stated on their Assembly floor so that it is documented that Obama was a son of their soil.  He apparently did not know of that and asked me to send him the documentation.  Anyone who has it readily available is welcome to send it to me so that I can forward it.  Even more importantly, I also had the opportunity when we were discussing whether a real long form birth certificate actually exists to do two things.  I mentioned Tim Adams, the Hawaiian election clerk and recent affadavit and ALSO asked whether he, Trump, was going to take the issue beyond the birth certificate and place of birth to the question of NATURAL BORN CITIZENSHIP.  He asked me to explain precisely what that was and I then got to recite the precise clause from Article II, Section I and explain what the founders meant by it; and where they got the concept from, that being Vattel.  He said that he liked the way I was explaining it and gave me another “homework” assignment to send him more information about it.  Also, at some point in the discussion, the false social security number belonging to someone from Connecticut born in 1890 came up and so they are aware of that situation to some extent – maybe not all the way to the FOIA actions and suits filed vs. the Social Security Administration by Orly Taitz.  Time did not allow getting into the issue to that full extent.  ANYONE WHO WANTS TO HELP ME WITH THESE HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS, PLEASE DO, I WELCOME IT.

Much of this twaddle has been promoted by WND, and much of it has been discredited, in particular the stuff about Obama's grandmother, which originated from translation problems in an interview the grandmother had with a rabidly anti-Obama minister.

The participant also noted that the meeting was shortened "because Mr. Trump took a call from Newsmax during the meeting." We've already noted how Newsmax has apparently partnered with Trump to promote his would-be presidential campaign and is feeding him its prelimiary polling results on him.

Posted by Terry K. at 10:26 AM EDT

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