I was somewhat bemused, in the wake of so much fizzling and popping among the birthers after they proved ineffective at changing the outcome of the 2012 presidential election, to see a new article published today trying to discredit Obama’s birth certificate. I didn’t think I would ever publish another birth certificate image analysis article. (The birthers never fail to surprise.)
Long-time birther and birther plaintiff Pamela Barnett, author of the book, Obama Never Vetted: The Unlawful President, has a new article published by Joseph Farah’s Western Center for Journalism. The WCJ has been a home for a long string of birther nonsense, and continues with this new article: “Obama’s ‘Birth Announcement’ Microfilm Reels Are Very Different.” (Note that “reels” refers not to the microfilm itself, but the reels that hold it.)
She starts out off topic by taking images from Obama’s long form birth certificate PDF and blowing them up larger than the original images. The result is that the software algorithms have to make stuff up to show at the larger size, and Barnett then points out that the made up stuff in one place is different from the made up stuff in another. Well, duh, it’s all made up in the first place. Any sensible analysis would begin with the much higher resolutions images available from the press which don’t make stuff up so much.
She trots out the old “TXE” thing, which also is an illusion caused by low resolution images, and easily understood by looking at the higher-resolution versions. I debunked this ages ago.
Barnett then estimates based on WorldCat that there are only 70-100 copies microfilm copies of the Hawaii newspaper announcements of Obama’s birth—easy to replace them all, says Barnett, and according to Barnett, easy to cut and paste on microfilm and make a new reel. She never explains the “very different” in the article’s headline, but I know from her book that she means that at one library she visited, the Obama birth announcements appear on microfilm on a black reel and the others on a gray reel. No doubt some birther checking the film wound it onto the take-up reel rather than rewinding it. I’ve run across bad winding before and had to fix it by winding onto a different real.
Just for good measure, Barnett tosses in some nonsense about “lax” procedures for getting birth certificates in Hawaii, despite no birther ever finding a single incident of birth certificate fraud in Hawaii since statehood, much less a pattern of it!
Barnett makes another bizarre argument. She found a couple of 1961 birth announcement columns from the Hawaii papers—the original newspaper hard copies. She argues that the fact that no one has brought forward an original with Obama’s announcement in it says there is no such thing. Rich Obama supporters would have found it and published it if exists. Of course that argument goes the other way: rich Obama opponents would have published it if the papers exist without the announcement. After all, the Koch brothers are richer than George Soros.
I must say, this latest article is only for the really meat-headed true believers.