I’ve spent hundreds of hours on this blog: doing research, writing articles, hyperlinking sources, analyzing arguments and informing the public about the antics of the Birthers. But all of that effort, I fear, is a drop in the bucket compared to the damage done to the national discourse by one stupid tabloid article such as “Obama was not born in U.S.” from Globe magazine, July 12, 2010.
The article itself is nothing special. It’s a short rehash of various statements from Tim Adams, Hawaiian elections clerk, there inflated to “Gov’t official” on the front cover. It peppers the article with false statements like “America’s current Commander-in-Chief…has gone to … great expense…to seal records from his past” and “his paternal grandmother insists she witnessed his birth in Kenya” and “[Barack Obama] once mistakenly named two different hospitals where he was supposed to be born.” It labels Obama’s Certification of Live birth “FORGERY” and shows a family portrait of Barack Obama from 1987 with his Kenyan extended family and says the picture “haunts” Obama (they never explains what’s so sinister about this family photo).
In typical Globe fashion, after making outlandish claims attributed to “sources” and “insiders”, it ends with some attributed facts. In this case:
Hawaii State Department of Health Director Dr. Chiyome Fukino says she checked the official records and can verify that Obama is a natural born citizen….
Meantime, Adams’ boss Glen Takahashi, administrator of the Honolulu City Clerk’s Office, disputes Adams’ contention that he had access to birth records.
I picked up my copy of Globe from a supermarket in Radford, Virginia. Is there any wonder that polls show so many Americans have questions about where Barack Obama was born? It’s on the front page at the supermarket!
[One of the earliest articles on this site was about the Globe magazine’s headline “Obama Election Illegal.”]