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Monday, January 28, 2013
Is Farah Really Willing To 'Close The Chapter' On Birtherism?
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Joseph Farah made an interesting statement in his Jan. 20 WorldNetDaily column.

After ranting yet again about the records President Obama has not released, including "his legitimate birth records, which, according to the only law enforcement investigation ever conducted on the matter determined those he has produced are fraudulent," he adds:

Now, you can agree with me and Sheriff Joe Arpaio on the last one or not. But it really doesn’t matter. In fact, I’m even willing to close the chapter on the birth certificate matter. Though the question remains, how is this guy eligible to be president when he, according to his own story, is the son of a Kenyan goat herder and an American woman too young to bestow natural born citizenship on her son – no matter where he was born? And why all the secrecy about something as innocent as a birth certificate?

Let's take apart the false statements and false hubris in this statement.

First, since Obama was born in the United States -- and WND has forwarded no credible evidence that he wasn't -- he didn't need his mother to transfer citizenship to him. The clause Farahis referring to applies only if the birth takes place outside of the U.S.

Second, Arpaio's investigation has been discredited, but Farah doesn't want to tell you that.

Third, if  Farah really does want to "close the chapter on the birth certificate matter" -- an offer that suggests he knows how discredited his birther conspiracies are -- he should do so by telling his readers that it is discredited, that he was wrong to pursue this obsession for so long after it was discredited, and issuing an abject apology for spending nearly five years reporting things he knew or should have known to be false, thus completely destroying whatever credibility his "news" organization may have had.

It's obvious that Farah will do no such thing -- he seems to think that he has enough gullible readers who will believe anything he says. That's why there's a Jan. 24 WND article featuring Arpaio investigation leader Mike Zullo challenging Colin Powell, who has dismissed birthers, to come "at my expense to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, and I will sit down with him and show him the evidence that we have accumulated that brings us to the only logical conclusion – that this document (Obama’s birth certificate) is manufactured."

It seems that WND still believes birtherism is a winner. There's no way Farah will ever "close the chapter."

Posted by Terry K. at 2:43 PM EST
Updated: Monday, January 28, 2013 5:05 PM EST

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