It’s hard to blame Michael Finnegan of the Los Angeles Times for quoting the 2008 Clinton Campaign manager for a fact about the 2008 Clinton Campaign, but the end result in the article, “Hillary Clinton did not spread a lie that President Obama was born in Africa,” is still the perpetuation of a false story. Finnegan writes:
An Iowa volunteer in Clinton’s 2008 campaign against Obama in the Democratic presidential primaries was fired for sending out an email perpetuating the so-called birther tale, said Patti Solis Doyle, who managed Clinton’s 2008 campaign.
The incident didn’t happen in 2008, but rather in October of 2007. We know because the press covered the story at the time (see Ben Smith’s article at Politico from December of that year). That this email appeared in 2007 is extremely significant because there were no birther rumors circulating in 2007. Indeed the offensive email had nothing to do with Obama’s place of birth at all; it suggested that he was a Muslim.