In a partnership with WorldNetDaily (WND), Western Center for Journalism, and Article II Super PAC, Vattelevision is pleased to announce that it will provide complete video operations and support for live-streaming video of the March 1 press conference in which the initial findings of Maricopa County’s Cold Case Posse investigation into the eligibility of Barack H. Obama will be released.
I don’t pretend to understand the relationships here. The aptly-misnamed “Birther Summit” in the hyperlinks seems to be run by a group called Vattelevision (perhaps a name that will enter the vernacular as a synonym of “myopia”) and then there is the Article II Super PAC, and the Article II Super PAC legal defense fund. Joseph Farah is behind both WorldNetDaily and the Western Center for journalism. I looked up “front organization” in the Wikipedia for help. So whether we’re looking at 5 organizations here, or just 2, is a question worth considering.
Understanding the relationships is not necessary to report the story, and that is Vattelevision plans to provide live streaming coverage of Maricopa County Joe Arpaio’s press conference next Thursday, March 1.
The Phoenix New Times reported last November:
We spoke to Arpaio yesterday afternoon. His surprise for the "birthers": Hawaiian twins and microfiche.
"No one has talked about microfiche. The controversy has been over the birth certificate — maybe the numbers are not in sequence, or it’s been forged; I can go on and on," Arpaio explains. "To help the president of the United States, let’s go to the microfiche."
I don’t know where Arpaio is going to get his hands on any microfiche, or anything else that’s not accessible others – and that issue, the lack of any ability for an Arizona County Sheriff to investigate anything in Hawaii, leads one to ask why Arpaio is doing this, and what he could possibly add to what’s already known.
I hope WorldNetDaily’s participation doesn’t signal that Arpaio’s report will be the same kind of fact-less innuendo-driven political smear characteristic of WND’s reporting. It seems to me that WorldNetDaily wouldn’t invest itself into an issue where they didn’t already know the outcome. If Arpaio just recites content from Jerome Corsi’s books, then it will energize the birthers and boost WND site visits, but be roundly put down by everyone else, just as Corsi’s books have been.
I’m not hopeful. Energized birthers can be really insufferable. I think it’s time to put on the mud guards.