Readers here may recall an article I published countering Leo Donofrio’s attack against FactCheck.org: Donofrio misfires. Donofrio had made the same mistake Mario Apuzzo made when he attempted to make Barack Obama into a current British Citizen through ignoring the repeal of portions of the British Nationality Act of 1948. One can see on the surface that the analysis is flawed because the conclusion is obviously something that the various British legislation did not intend. This is an application of the general principle: British legislators know their laws better than we do.
Nonetheless, I did make some mistakes in my analysis, pointed out by commenters here, and I hastily corrected my article, and did so several times, sometimes marked with [update] tags to indicate new material, and sometimes not.
Nobamas do not understand the concept of correcting mistakes, considering it somehow shameful (and this explains why they ignore contrary evidence and continue to push long-discredited speculation). Well, my corrections have come to the attention of the Betrayal blog who said:
Factcheck.org endorsed analyst caught scrubbing false data after original publication of this report.
There is a difference between “data” and “conclusions” (but I guess “false data” sounds worse.) I replied at The Betrayal, and we’ll see if it passes moderation:
You people are so totally silly. Commenters on my blog pointed out some errors and I fixed them. Duh. Has The Betrayal never corrected a mistake? (well maybe not…)
This isn’t a game of “gotcha”. You don’t get points when I make a mistake. You get points when you are right, and the final result is that Donofrio is wrong.
I do not know if The Betrayal copied Donifrio’s Natural Born Citizen blog, or whether it is the other way around, but I see now that Donofrio has this same story using the same “scrubbed” language. Donofrio actually shows before and after screen shots from my blog, essentially attempting through ad hominem argument to deflect criticism I made of his article based on its legal deficiencies. (Recall that he previously attacked President Arthur, Hawaii Health Director Fukino, the entire US Supreme court in addition to me.)
I will admit, however that I was hasty in publishing that article, posted a little after midnight while I was fighting the urge to fall asleep. I have a real job, and it took a while to find enough time to sort out some of the details. The article was updated several times. However, as it stands now, the article, I believe, is sound, and further it blows Donofrio out of the water as to his claims that President Obama retained any foreign citizenship options beyond his 23rd birthday.
Donofrio appears to view his web site somewhat differently than I do mine. In one sense he treats his as a true blog — a historical record of whatever he was thinking at a point in time. As such, he does not correct mistakes, except by writing new things that might supersede what was written before. He will sometimes leave an entire article full of misinformation sit there and add a one line note “looks like this is not going to happen” for example. It is for this reason, I suspect, that blogs like Donofrio’s explain why discredited stories keep making the rounds.
I view this site primarily as a reference site. As a reference site, articles that are wrong (and there have been a few) get corrected. From time to time I review old articles to make sure they reflect the latest information I have available. Therefore, I stand behind all 480 articles on this site. If you find something in error, just post a comment or use the contact form. I will deal with it if I agree.
When I started this web site, I had no idea it would still be running actively 9 months later. I have come to the realization that I do not have the time to provide encyclopedic coverage of everything that goes on in the Obama Conspiracy / Citizenship theories domain. I am greatly aided by the comments left by lawyers and paralegals here; this supports and expands the scope of what we can accomplish. Nevertheless, visitors will have to visit multiple web sites to get the full story of what’s going on.