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Misinformation on Zapem’s blog will appear here as I happen upon them. I’m not going to bother with cases when Zapem is arguably wrong, but when he misstates the facts.

Scrubbed from the Internet

Attempts such as The Natural Born Citizen Act were known to have failed and the text scrubbed from the internet [sic], with only a shadow-cached copy left, that only the most curious public can find.

This is one of the more bizarre examples of misinformation. This Zapem article has been copied and recopied many times, and perhaps those copiers can be excused for not checking to see that the Natural Born Citizen Act sits comfortably on the Congresses official legislative web site, thomas.gov. But the original article on Zapem copied above actually has that hyperlink under “The Natural Born Citizen Act” pointing to another official government source. So while there is a cached copy of the summary (also hyperlinked), the original is not only available, but Zapem links to it. I’m just shaking my head over this one. I don’t know whether this is deliberate disinformation, or just abysmally sloppy editing.

McCain’s Birth Certificate

Zapem in the same article goes on to say:

One answer is that looking at John McCain’s long-form birth certificate reveals he was not a natural born citizen and Barack Obama hasn’t submitted his long-form at all.  John McCain was born in an “unincorporated territory”, held by the courts to be not part of the United States for constitutional purposes.

The truth of the matter is that the John McCain birth certificate (assuming that it is real, which it isn’t) does not say he was born in an “unincorporated territory”; it shows he was born in the Republic of Panama, a foreign country.

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