I was very surprised to see news organizations repeating birther nonsense, such as in this article: President Obama Ordered To Hearing In Atlanta About His Citizenship at the WFMY TV News web site. (The article doesn’t support the headline, by the way.) The respected Columbus Ledger-Enquirer echoed the same idea in article by Chuck Williams
A Georgia judge has ordered President Barack Obama to appear in court in Atlanta Thursday for a hearing on a complaint that says Obama isn’t a natural-born citizen and can’t be president.
It’s totally bogus. Orly Taitz got a blank subpoena form signed by Judge Malihi from a State web site and served it on Obama’s attorney. While the Judge has so far refused defense motions to quash the subpoena, the Judge has not issued any order for Obama to appear, nor could he. An administrative law judge in Georgia lacks the authority to compel testimony; that takes an order from the Superior Court.
I am very disappointed that the media would repeat birther nonsense like this. Even the birthers are backing off from this rumor.
The Atlanta Journal Constitution, however, should be praised for getting the story right:
Eric Segall, a Georgia State University law professor, predicted that won’t happen.
“There have been many, many lawsuits trying to litigate the issue of the president’s nationality,” Segall said. “They have all been dismissed and this one should be too. In light of the frivolousness of the case, the judge has no valid authority to require the president to appear in court.”
Other news organizations getting it wrong: