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Jesse Ventura, birther?

imageWill I have to add James George Janos (aka Jesse Ventura) to the Birthers from A to Z list? The former Minnesota governor and professional wrestler has launched a podcasting series, “We the People,” and in the first episode, he covers the birther issue, according to the online edition of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

During the premiere episode last week, Ventura interviewed [Adam] Carolla and discussed the Pope and the birther issue.1

Minnesota-themed web site Vita.mn goes further to say:

Yes, you read that right. He still has questions about the birther issue.

Ventura has been a guest on the Alex Jones InfoWars show, and Ventura hosted a series of programs titled “Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura,” covering everything from reptiles in the British monarchy to HAARP.

But is Ventura a birther? None of the news stories cited above actually link to the podcast, but I do:

So on the question of whether Ventura is a birther or not, I found this smoking gun. In a discussion of the recent Rasmussen poll on conspiracy beliefs, Ventura says:

It’s not shocking to me that Republicans, like in this survey, believe that Barack Obama wasn’t born here, well, because they want to. It gives them an excuse then, if they believe that. They’re anti-Obama and it reinforces their belief.

Jesse Ventura doesn’t sound like a birther to me. He does say, as a general proposition, that questioning the official story is “healthy and good.”


1Note that Ventura does not discuss the Pope and birthers with Adam Carolla, but before the Carolla segment.

Rasmussen: 23% say Obama not American citizen

Numbers in a mid-July Rasmussen poll reported today show a remarkable similarity in the number of people who believe Obama is not an American citizen and the number of people who believe that the US government was complicit in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

Question Yes Undecided No
Obama not US Citizen 23% 17% 60%
US knew about 9/11 in advance and did nothing 24% 19% 57%
Space aliens crashed at Roswell, New Mexico 20% 33% 47%
Moon landing fake 14% 12% 74%

Poll Chart

Now, what do you think?

Is President Obama not an American citizen?

  • No (71%, 117 Votes)
  • Yes (26%, 42 Votes)
  • Undecided (3%, 5 Votes)

Total Voters: 164

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Did the US Government know about 9/11 in advance and did nothing?

  • No (80%, 118 Votes)
  • Yes (10%, 15 Votes)
  • Undecided (10%, 14 Votes)

Total Voters: 147

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Did space aliens crash at Roswell, New Mexico

  • No (74%, 105 Votes)
  • Undecided (14%, 20 Votes)
  • Yes (11%, 16 Votes)

Total Voters: 141

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Were the moon landings faked?

  • No (96%, 141 Votes)
  • Yes (3%, 4 Votes)
  • Undecided (1%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 147

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