Bachmann Backs Off From Birtherism. Will Fox News? Follow?
Reported by Ellen - April 20, 2011 -
Michele Bachmann appeared on Good Morning America this morning where host George Stephanopoulos showed her the evidence that “Judge” Jeanine Pirro and Sean Hannity never manage to find: President Obama’s birth certificate certified by the State of Hawaii, with a seal, and authenticated by FactCheck.org (PolitiFact made a similar investigation and came to the same conclusion). When confronted with the evidence this morning, Bachmann agreed that “should settle it” and “I guess it’s over.” Will Fox News follow her lead? And how firm was her declaration anyway?
It’s pretty clear that birtherism has never been a big concern for Bachmann but she was willing to accommodate her BFF’s at Fox News over it. On April 11, Bachmann was on Hannity in an interview mostly devoted to budget issues (the first video below). During the last minute, at about the 5:30 mark, Hannity brought up Donald Trump and his birther accusations. “What do you think of the issue that he’s brought up, involving whether or not the president and his birth certificate? (sic)” Hannity asked.
Bachmann answered, “I take the president at his word. The president has offered his certificate of birth and I take him at his word.”
But Hannity continued pushing, asking, “Do you think it’s a question that is worth asking? In other words, ‘show the birth certificate,’ or do you think that is out of bounds?”
Bachmann gave way to some degree. “As far as I'm concerned, I think if I decide to hold - throw my hat in the ring, anybody can look at my birth certificate. I could care less. This is the easiest problem to solve. The president just has to give the proof and verification, and there it goes. Either it's real or it's not. Everybody should put their birth certificate on the table and not worry about it. It doesn't have to be a toxic issue. Put your birth certificate in, end of story. We have a lot bigger fish to fry than this.”
Not to Fox Nation, apparently. They showcased the interview by ignoring every other “bigger fish” and focusing exclusively on the birther issue. They called their post of the interview Bachmann: Everybody Should Put Their Birth Certificate on the Table and excerpted only that part of the discussion for the post.
On April 16, Bachmann repeated her accusation to “Judge” Jeanine Pirro and took an extra jab at the president for not producing it (even though he has). Pirro ignored the mountain of evidence and agreed with Bachmann that if Obama produced his birth certificate, that “would certainly put an end to it.”
Bachmann was on Hannity again last night (4/19/11) (marking at least her third appearance on the network in less than 10 days) and this time the birth-certificate-obsessed Hannity put birtherism front and center. With his “just asking” innocent face, Hannity pretended Obama has not already produced his birth certificate and had it verified by two separate organizations.
Bachmann told Hannity last night (in the second video below), “This is the easiest problem to solve. All the president has to do is show it... Everybody should run (to the county where Obama was born) and ask the clerk of court to solve this thing.
Hannity said, “Apparently, they can’t legally give the birth certificate. The person, himself, would have to ask for it. Do you think he should just go, the next time he’s in Hawaii, get the certificate, show it to everybody and move on?”
The thing is, as Hannity either damn well knows or damn well should know, Obama has released the certificate and it has been examined and authenticated. If Hannity has a problem with that process, why doesn’t he explain why? Or is he trying to hide the fact that he can’t?
Bachmann reiterated her “we have bigger fish to fry” comment but assured Hannity it was worth discussing because “People are curious about it and I think he should just solve it and let’s be done with it.”
Unlike the “fair and balanced” Hannity show, Good Morning America (third video below) showed Bachmann the birth certificate. She agreed that “should settle it” and conceded to Stephanopoulos, “I guess it’s over.”
Fox Nation has the video. Their latest post is headlined, Bachmann: Birther Debate ‘Over.’
Making sure to attribute the quote to Bachmann gives the “we report, you decide” network a cute out of course. I’m willing to bet they’ll use it.