It appears that the press isn’t going to subject Republican presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann to the same level of scrutiny that birthers demanded when questions were raised about Barack Obama’s birth. The Iowa Caucus web site of the Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier reports in an incredible display of credulity: “No doubt about Bachmann’s birth certificate; it’s at courthouse.”
How did they come to this conclusion? Reporters just visited the Waterloo court house and viewed the certificate. No forensic document analysis, no carbon 14 dating, not even a photo was allowed! What about the certificate number, the typography? How can we read between the lines to find smiley faces and secret forger confessions? Where’s the birth certificate?! So far there have been zero, count ’em, zero confirmations from the Iowa Bureau of Health Statistics. What was the name of the hospital? Where are the newspaper birth announcements? Has anybody even looked?
No doubts? The laxity of the press on this question is no less than a disgrace. We will be covering the whitewash and cover up closely over the months to come.
Michele Bachmann is expected to formally announce her candidacy for President next Monday, June 27, 2011.
Here’s a shout out to my old buddy Jill France (very nice lady), long-time chief of the Bureau of Health Statistics for the State of Iowa.