At least that’s how it seems as Michigan State Senator Tom Casperson told radio host Michael Patrick Sheils:
I don’t know [whether Obama was born in the US] because it seems that the issue was dropped immediately as far as the major media went.
A number of years ago I got stuck with hosting an off-year county Democratic Party precinct meeting that was held in an independent Baptist church. Nobody showed up except me and the pastor of the church who unlocked the doors. We chatted briefly and the pastor asked me about the President: “Is Reagan a Democrat or a Republican?” I said that the President was a Republican. The pastor explained that he didn’t know because he had just gotten out of Bible college and “we didn’t get out much.”
I don’t know whether Casperson was asleep or in Bible college, but he certainly missed a huge amount of media coverage about the Obama eligibility question. CNN even sent a team to Hawaii and broadcast a two-part report.
Up until February of 2010, I used to keep a record of the best news stories about birthers. I stopped because it was too much work! Here’s the index to those pages: