Newsweek, a major American print magazine has called Farah a “birther”. In a special web edition article titled Know Your Conspiracies, Newsweek’s David A. Graham wrote:
1. Barack Obama was not born in the United States.
It’s not clear where he must have been born instead: some say Indonesia; some say Kenya (initial suggestions that Hawaiian natives weren’t citizens when he was born in Honolulu in 1961 were quickly dismissed). The point, so-called birthers say, is that he wasn’t born in the good old US of A, hence isn’t a natural-born citizen and therefore cannot legally be president.
Proponents: Chief birther and Beverly Hills dentist and attorney Orly Taitz, WorldNetDaily editor Joseph Farah, Rep. Nathan Deal (R-Ga.), former presidential and Senate candidate Alan Keyes, assorted tea partiers.
Kernel of Truth? It’s fully debunked. Forged Kenyan birth certificates have been exposed, and–”despite protestations to the contrary–”Obama’s birth certificate has been certified by the state of Hawaii, and images have been shown on national television. And that’s leaving aside plenty of circumstantial proof, like birth announcements in both major Hawaiian papers from August 1961.
It would be hard to look at the pages of Farah’s web site, WorldNetDaily.com or his front web site WesternJournalism.com and not conclude that Joesph Farah was the biggest birther of them all. But wait! Farah says “no.”
“It’s just a bald-faced lie and misrepresentation of anything and everything I have written and said about the eligibility issue,” Farah said
in a WorldNetDaily daily article yesterday titled Farah calls Newsweek on ‘lie‘. “Farah is issuing the retraction demand, a legal requirement before a defamation lawsuit can be filed, both by letter and in his daily column today in WND.”
So is this just another case of what the definition of “is” is? It was reported that earlier this month Farah gave a speech including a 10-minute birther section at the Nashville Tea Party convention. Farah is a master of making you think he said something he didn’t really say. Still I would be surprised if there weren’t a smoking gun somewhere.
I hope Newsweek doesn’t retract, and Farah sues. We might learn some interesting information out of that. I really doubt it will happen, though.
[Thanks to Deep Birther for the tip.]