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Zullo: Kapi’olani official denies Obama born there

In a surprise statement, reported by the Arizona Republic newspaper, Mike Zullo stated that a high-ranking official at the Kapi-olani Medical Center for Women and Children confirmed that Barack Obama was not born there.

Mike Zullo further stated that the details will be made public right after the March Reveal, the release of the Reed Hayes Report and the universe shattering information of 2014.

Zullo described Donald Trump’s recent disavowal of conspiracy theories that Obama was born in Kenya as “strategic.” I think perhaps Zullo’s announcement was strategic too.



Birther Wikipedia article a battleground

Birther Michael Shrimpton, once again has a Wikipedia article. While not a suitable source for the Wikipedia, the Post & Email blog reported in 2014 that Michael Shrimpton’s Wikipedia article had been deleted. (I reported it too.) Now, as of June 22 of this year, it’s back (created by Wikipedia editor Psychonaut).

The Wikipedia tries to enforce particularly stringent standards on the biographies of living persons (BLP), insisting that they use high-quality sources. The Wikipedia adds:

Biographies of living persons ("BLPs") must be written conservatively and with regard for the subject’s privacy.

The Shrimpton article as it now stands, says that Shrimpton is primarily noted for his conspiracy theories, and covers his criminal conviction for making a false report—a bomb scare. At one point the article states that police forces know Shrimpton as “an intelligence nuisance.”

That would hardly be newsworthy except that Shrimpton himself joined the discussion on the article’s Talk page. There is a report, which I hope I can follow up, that Shrimpton threatened to sue the Wikipedia for Libel. Christopher Earl Strunk weighed in with a long suggested insertion favorable to Shrimpton yesterday, partly taken from Shrimpton’s affidavit in Stunk’s lawsuit. It is also reported that Shrimpton’s editing privileges have been suspended at Wikipedia. There is a request pending to protect the article due to persistent disruptive editing.


Media questions its role in birther controversy

I have expressed concern over Donald Trump’s facile transmogrification of the criticism against his birtherism into a controversy about Hillary Clinton, an innocent bystander in the business. Instead of a flood of articles reminding the public of Trump’s execrable birther smear campaign, we see a flood of articles on whether Hillary Clinton started the birther movement, a patently absurd proposition.

Ron Elving of National Public Radio published a commentary on this subject in the aftermath Trump’s sudden reversal on his signature birther conspiracy theory. He is calling for the media to go beyond simply reporting what a candidate says, to include more rigorous fact checking.

… In addition to stories labeled "fact checking" — something that had been between a cottage industry and a sub-genre of journalism — reporters have moved to fact check in real time on air and online.

Elving advocates journalists reporting that something is a lie when they know it is. He says that Donald Trump has crossed a red line. I think that happened years ago.


Obama jokes about the Donald’s change of position on the birther issue

Time Magazine has a compilation of Donald Trump comments on Obama’s birth certificate in their new article: “Read President Obama’s Jokey Speech About his Birth Certificate.” It strikes home just how much noise Trump made on this issue and sets the stage for the transcript of a speech President Obama made to the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Saturday. The speech is a serious look at what the President and the Country have accomplished, and what remains to be done. Nevertheless, the President had time for a little humor:

There’s an extra spring in my step tonight. I don’t know about you guys, but I am so relieved that the whole birther thing is over. (Laughter.) I mean, ISIL, North Korea, poverty, climate change — none of those things weighed on my mind — (laughter) — like the validity of my birth certificate. (Laughter.) And to think that with just 124 days to go, under the wire, we got that resolved. (Laughter.) I mean, that’s a boost for me in the home stretch. In other breaking news, the world is round, not flat. (Laughter.) Lord.


Most say Trump in the wrong on birtherism

In addition to professional scientific polling, the YouGov organization conducts a series of daily polls through its “First Verdict” app. The results aren’t scientific because the sample is self-selected, made up of volunteers who downloaded the app, but the sample size is decent, sometimes over 4,000 responses. My perhaps biased impression is that the results of these polls are skewed a bit to the right compared to other results I see.

Today First Verdict presented this question:

Donald Trump has claimed that his questioning of the circumstances of Barack Obama’s birth was a public service because it forced the President to prove he was US born. Do you agree?

3,079 responses have been tallied. The results:

  • Yes, Donald Trump behaved properly throughout this controversy – 32%
  • No, Mr Trump wrongly fed the idea that Barack Obama’s presidency was illegitimate – 54%
  • Neither / Don’t know – 14%

In fact, President Obama proved his birthplace back in 2008 when he released his official birth certificate. The birther movement had largely gone dormant by 2011 until Trump stirred it up, leading to the release of Obama’s long form certificate, imaged by a machine that knows more about image compression than a birther, and the creation of the Cold Case Posse by Sheriff Joe Arpaio.


Clinton campaign did not start birther moment, says Clinton’s 2008 campaign manager

The story belongs to CNN, I won’t take their thunder. The article is an interview of former Clinton campaign manager Patti Solis Doyle by Wolf Blitzer. She said:

The campaign, nor Hillary, did not start the birther movement.

The issue is covered in some depth, and the reader can get some solid background to understand the basis of Trump’s claims.