Local Honolulu paper gets the story
Birther Summit organizer Dean Haskins and Tea Party activist and author Miki Booth pose with a really big check that they are offering for a physical copy of the Honolulu newspaper announcement of Barack Obama’s birth. (Photo credit: Chad Blair / Honolulu Civic Beat)
Many readers here will find this old news, the $10,000 premium (up from $5,000) for an old newspaper. I primarily wanted to mention this story in order to feature the Honolulu Civil Beat paper that has an in-depth article on Dean and Miki’s adventure in Hawaii. I note that the article’s title is “Birthers: $10,000 for Obama Birth News Clip” but the URL to the article is based on the title “Birther Nuts in Town.” Perhaps that was an earlier or draft title.
Once again we find that local newspaper coverage of a birther event is far superior to national coverage. We find out where the $10,000 is coming from (an anonymous donor) and learn about Miki’s upcoming book. It’s so refreshing not to have to read recycled WND.
The offer for the newspaper is what I would describe as innuendo. An argument that every microfilm copy of the two Honolulu papers, from the public library in Honolulu to the Library of Congress, have been faked is so laughable that few would believe it. However, by offering a reward for something no one is likely to have kept, they cast doubt. They are saying through innuendo that something may be wrong, even though no one would believe such a thing based on a straight up argument. Dean has said that finding a physical copy of the newspaper wouldn’t dissuade his campaign to prove Obama ineligible, so why offer the reward if not for innuendo?
While on the topic of innuendo, let me offer some. We learn from this article that some anonymous donor paid for the birthers’ trip to Hawaii as well as put up the $10,000. In my opinion, this newspaper reward gambit is too sophisticated for a hack conspiracy theorist, but rather smells of a professional political operative. Perhaps there really is a puppet master funding and pulling the strings of the birther movement, at least the Birther Summit incarnation of it.