The left likes to call birthers right-wing wackos but forget the origins of the issue came from the Clinton Campaign in 2007. The right-wing wacko plays well in a left driven media. Notice the left didn’t ask every candidate for office on the Democratic side if they dismissed the idea that George Bush was intimately involved in the attacks of September 11, 2001. Now what is the reason that George Stephanopoulos didn’t ask any Dem if they believed that?
Most say it was a fringe issue, unlike the Birther issue on the right. Not so says an Ohio University/Scripps Howard poll. The report said in 2006 that more than 50% of Democrats thought the Bush administration had something to do with 9/11. That’s right, move that half. I wasn’t aware that 50 percent of Democrats were “fringe”.
This is another example of how the Right must approach higher standards than the left when accepting interviews from the media. Stephanopoulos continues to beat up Republicans seeking office with a copy of Obama’s Birth Certificate in Hand, but didn’t ask one Democrat about the 9/11 Truth issue. Consequently some in Obama’s main circle came in to office with far left conspiracy theory’s that went unchecked by the so called fourth estate.
This from Politico:
While there is no grain of truth to either fantasy, there’s something else when it comes to Obama: A visceral reaction against him, a deep sense that the first black president, with liberal views and a Muslim name, must be—in some concrete, provable way—foreign. (See: Mitt: Obama born here. Period.)
A brief history of birtherism
Birtherism is the latest and most enduring version of a theory in search of facts.
The original smear against Obama was that he was a crypto-Muslim, floated in 2004 by perennial Illinois political candidate and serial litigant Andy Martin. Other related versions of this theory alleged that Obama was educated in an Indonesian “madrassa” or steeped in Islamist ideology from a young age, and the theories began to spread virally after Obama appeared on the national stage – to the casual observer, from nowhere – with his early 2007 presidential campaign announcement. (See: Obama kin: Birther rumors ‘a shame’)
All through that year, the Obama campaign – with the affirmation of most leaders of both parties – aggressively battled that smear by emphasizing his Christian faith. Obama’s controversial but emphatically Christian pastor emerged as a campaign issue and the belief that he was a Muslim seemed to lose traction. (See: Clinton: Birther claims ‘ludicrous’)
Then, as Obama marched toward the presidency, a new suggestion emerged: That he was not eligible to serve. (See: Birther debate alive across U.S.)
That theory first emerged in the spring of 2008, as Clinton supporters circulated an anonymous email questioning Obama’s citizenship.
“Barack Obama’s mother was living in Kenya with his Arab-African father late in her pregnancy. She was not allowed to travel by plane then, so Barack Obama was born there and his mother then took him to Hawaii to register his birth,” asserted one chain email that surfaced on the urban legend site Snopes.com in April 2008.
Chris Mathews on Hardball
There are also accusations being made following the 9/11 terrorist attack. One of these is: People in the federal government either assisted in the 9/11 attacks or took no action to stop the attacks because they wanted to United States to go to war in the Middle East.
Answers: ( respondents)
Very likely 16%
Somewhat likely 20%
Not likely 59%
Don’t know 5%
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