Dr. Ron Polland (aka Ron Polarik, PhD) has made another pass attempting to persuade folks that Barack Obama’s birth certificate is a forgery with a short video attacking the certificate photographs taken by the respected political analysis web site, FactCheck.org. Forget the fact that the Hawaii Director of Health confirmed that the birth certificate on the Obama Fight the Smears campaign web site is “his birth certificate” and her press release saying Obama was born in Hawaii.
Let’s watch the video and then examine it critically.
The Polland video “zooms in” on the birth certificate and points out what he calls shadows under some of the letters. Polland explains these so-called shadows in a most bizarre way. He claims that the birth certificate is not on the security paper, but on a plastic sheet pasted onto the paper. I invite the reader to examine all the FactCheck photos and see if this is even remotely credible! The first picture should be enough.
What Polland has actually done is to point out the places where the darker basket weave pattern of the security paper appears next to the letters and calls them shadows. He magnified the image to the extent that the pattern of the security paper is blurry, making it more difficult to recognize the pattern and easier to fool the viewer. If you look at other letters, where they don’t lie on top of the darker security paper pattern, there are no “shadows”. Even in the comparison shot in Polland’s video you can see the “shadows” pointed out on the right are actually on the “real certificate” on the left too. The only real difference is that the image on the right is overall darker than the one on the left making the darker areas more pronounced.
It has been pointed out that the two FactCheck staffers who photographed the document were not forensic document analysts. That’s right; their job was to take pictures, not examine documents. Dr. Ron Polland is not a forensic document analyst either; his job is to smear Barack Obama. The only question remaining is whether Polland’s video is a fraud, or just inept.