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When dealing with a largely fringe topic such as Obama conspiracy theories, it’s not always easy to get authoritative media reporting. CNN has done the occasional piece, and we’ve had good coverage from Comedy Central, but in the main it is hometown newspapers that have provided the most in-depth coverage.

For coverage of Barack Obama’s early days in Hawaii and the Hawaii Department of Health, kudos to the Honolulu Advertiser (now merged with another paper), for articles such as Hawaii officials confirm Obama’s original birth certificate still exists.

Political coverage of the birther movement is provided by Obama’s adopted hometown newspaper, the Chicago Tribune in such articles as: For Hawaii governor, discrediting anti-Obama ‘birthers’ is a top priority, Army doctor who refused to deploy gets 6 months in military prison, dismissal, Court won’t review Obama’s eligibility to serve and Tax activist’s ad challenges Obama’s eligibility for office.

Exemplary coverage of Dr. Orly Taitz has come from Spencer Kornhaber of the OC Weekly, with articles too numerous to count, including the seminal piece: Meet Orly Taitz, Queen Bee of People Obsessed With Barack Obama’s Birth Certificate.

Local coverage of the various lawsuits and trials has been provided by local media. One of the best examples is the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer with a series of articles on lawsuits by military plaintiffs represented by Orly Taitz, for example, Letter signed Capt. Connie Rhodes says she never OK’d appeal, says Rhodes will file complaint against attorney Orly Taitz.

On the other side of the fence, the most extensive coverage of the Terry Lakin trial, and about the only sympathetic coverage appeared in his hometown newspaper, the Greeley Gazette, such as in this article: Second General backs Lakin, says President should produce birth certificate. It appears that there is some editorial disagreement between the Gazette and the other local paper, the Greeley Tribune.

7 Responses to Hometown newspapers

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    Sir Whittington December 26, 2010 at 3:23 pm #

    I read that Rhoads, as in Rhoads v. MacDonald, fired Taitz. Yet Taitz is still filing documents in the Court “Rhoads v MacDonald”. How can this be?

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    Dr Kenneth Noisewater (Bob Ross) December 26, 2010 at 3:55 pm #

    Sir Whittington: I read that Rhoads,as in Rhoadsv. MacDonald, fired Taitz. Yet Taitz is still filing documents in the Court “Rhoads v MacDonald”. How can this be?

    Captain Rhodes filed a complaint against Taitz because of this

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    Dr. Conspiracy December 26, 2010 at 4:09 pm #

    Sir Whittington: I read that Rhoads,as in Rhoadsv. MacDonald, fired Taitz. Yet Taitz is still filing documents in the Court “Rhoads v MacDonald”. How can this be?

    Taitz is appealing the $20,000 sanction placed on her for misconduct in the case.

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    richCares December 28, 2010 at 12:36 am #

    Want to drive birthers crazy, show them two things:
    1. picures of Obama surrounded by smiling troops
    2. Gallup poll showing Obama most admired man in 2010

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    Rickey December 31, 2010 at 1:36 pm #

    I just returned from a trip to Colorado. While there I made some inquiries of friends and acquaintances about the Lakin case. I discovered that even with Lakin being from Greeley, and even with Peter Boyles spouting birther nonsense on his Denver radio show, most of the people I spoke with have at best a vague awareness of the court-martial.

    This website, which lists the ownership and circulation of 200 Colorado newspapers, doesn’t even mention the Greeley Gazette. The Gazette is a weekly, and considering that Greeley’s daily newspaper has a circulation of 25,000, it’s a good bet that the Gazette’s circulation is in the hundreds.

    http://www.mondonewspapers.com/usa/colorado.html

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    G December 31, 2010 at 2:06 pm #

    Rickey: I just returned from a trip to Colorado. While there I made some inquiries of friends and acquaintances about the Lakin case. I discovered that even with Lakin being from Greeley, and even with Peter Boyles spouting birther nonsense on his Denver radio show, most of the people I spoke with have at best a vague awareness of the court-martial.
    This website, which lists the ownership and circulation of 200 Colorado newspapers, doesn’t even mention the Greeley Gazette. The Gazette is a weekly, and considering that Greeley’s daily newspaper has a circulation of 25,000, it’s a good bet that the Gazette’s circulation is in the hundreds.http://www.mondonewspapers.com/usa/colorado.html

    Very interesting. Thanks for sharing!

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    Keith January 1, 2011 at 12:13 am #

    Rickey: The Gazette is a weekly, and considering that Greeley’s daily newspaper has a circulation of 25,000, it’s a good bet that the Gazette’s circulation is in the hundreds.

    Except that it could be a freebie fish wrap paper maybe? Which means that the readership could be in the high hundreds, low thousands, but the circulation could be reported much larger.