An opinion piece in the Washington Times titled “Fact checking the media – yes, the Clinton Machine started the birther movement” appeared August 22. The article argues that because an internal campaign memo suggested attacking Obama as a multicultural outsider, that somehow that constitutes starting the birther movement. Just the use of the word “machine” in the description of the Clinton campaign shows where the Washington Times has its bias. I left the following comment on the article:
There is no evidence presented in this article that suggests that Clinton, or anyone in her campaign started the “birther movement”. Birther means claiming that Obama is legally ineligible to be president because of the circumstances of his birth. While today “birther” has an expanded meaning, that was certainly not so in 2008. The other significant distinction between what is described in this article and real birthers, is that Obama really did spend part of his childhood in Indonesia and he really does have a multicultural life experience. Birthers believe in false conspiracy theories that he was born in Kenya and his birth certificate is a fake.