The birthers do a lot of that reading between the lines. One prime example is parsing statements of Hawaiian officials stating that Barack Obama was born in Hawaii into statements that his published birth certificate is a forgery, Obama’s birth certificate has been amended, and that they are all liars.
It’s actually fun to read between the lines and make up tales. I enjoyed reading between the lines of Mario Apuzzo’s response to the Order to Show Cause, turning it into some grand disinformation strategy cum appeal for more PayPal donations. A lawsuit filed for the purpose of failing is not so different than a statement of birthplace being turned into something else. One is not as far-fetched as the other, but they are both speculative.
Speculation spices up discourse, and I think it’s mostly harmless until folks start taking their speculations too seriously and substituting speculation for facts and evidence. Then you end up birther.