Among the dwindling number of active web sites promoting the birther line is Dr. Kate’s View. The site is a general mixture of right-wing politics, religion, anti-Muslim/anti-Jewish commentary, and conspiracism (including classic Obama eligibility conspiracies, New World Order, Agenda 21). What makes it distinct is its coverage of HAARP conspiracies (changing weather, mind control, earthquakes) and chemtrails conspiracies. While not a pure birther play, Dr. Kate’s View is solidly in the birther camp (see photo right of her “Usurpathon” in DC courtesy of the Cowgirl blog) with such articles as this from 2013: “He’s still ineligible” and this February 2014 entry: “Trouble for Birther Obama” that says:
Well, more people keep dying by Obama’s multi-million dollar effort to buy off or threaten judges, to create the standing barrier against Americans challenging his eligibility, and to continue to wreak havoc on America as only a foreign agent can.
The site is a bit kinder and gentler than some of its rivals like Gerbil Report™ perhaps because of the larger proportion of female commenters. Still it has been a good source for examples of extreme nonsense and bigotry that can be used to ridicule the birthers. But now, we may not have Dr. Kate’s View to kick around any more. Starting January 1, 2015 a reader poll appeared asking whether the site should go private, viewable only by registered members.
Dr. Kate’s View has somewhere around 75 individuals that comment there (depending on how one defines active membership) and I suppose that community could continue for a while to exist closed. In the few comment threads I’ve read, they don’t seem to have problems with hecklers, so I’m not sure what the benefit of going private is (it’s not explained in the article). If she thinks that her extreme views can be hidden, I offer two words: “Wayback Machine.”
One reason that birthers exist is that they congregate on birther forums and get all their information from other birthers, avoiding contact with the reality-based community. They reinforce each other’s nonsensical beliefs that wouldn’t fly outside. Going private would be more step away from any chance at critical thinking on that blog. That’s my view.