I just finished reading an Associated Press story saying that the “birther” legislation in Nebraska is dead. Here’s how the AP article described the bill that won’t get out of committee:
[LB 654] would have required presidential candidates to provide state officials with a sworn statement and a certified copy of their U.S. birth certificate to appear on the state’s election ballot. The Nebraska Secretary of State would confirm each candidate’s eligibility.
LB 654 does more than simply ask for a birth certificate, and sworn statement of eligibility. It requires the candidate to swear:
On the day I was born, both my birth mother and birth father were citizens of the United States of America.
The AP, by failing to disclose that crank birther presidential requirement (not in the Constitution), the AP article allows the bill’s sponsor, state Sen. Mark Christensen, to get away with saying that:
he didn’t want his proposal to be perceived as a political attack on the president
An unconstitutional bill crafted to exclude President Obama (and President Chester A. Arthur by the way) is nothing but an attack on the President. The AP’s sloppy reporting and characterization of the Nebraska bill allows shifty politicians like Christensen to get away with lies like that.