If Atlanta’s Fox Five News reporter Chris Shaw thought that painting crackpot birther Orly Taitz as a legitimate lawsuit plaintiff would get him noticed at GOP News HQ, aka Fox News, he did a fine job on Friday (1/27/12). Shaw’s biased, unbalanced reporting about a hearing in one of Taitz' numerous lawsuits earned him a place on FoxNews.com’s “Featured Videos.” Check out all the subtle but unmistakable cues that Shaw used to impart credibility to the widely discredited Taitz and cast doubt on President Obama’s legitimacy. Sadly, some of the same tactics were later used by Bret Baier on Special Report.
Shaw began by suggesting that President Obama and/or his attorneys had shirked their duty by not showing up at a hearing:
Every seat in this Fulton County courtroom was taken this morning except the one where President Obama’s lawyers were supposed to be sitting. They called this hearing baseless and didn’t see the need to show up.
Saying that the lawyers “were supposed to be sitting” in the hearing but they “didn’t see the need to show up” implied there was a need they just didn’t see.
The report then showed a clip of a man arguing, “He (presumably Obama) is not Constitutionally qualified to hold office. It is not a statement about his ability. It’s a statement about his Constitutional qualifications.”
The arguments, for three different lawsuits, were made before Fulton County administrative judge Michael Malihi and the main point behind each one is the claim that President Obama’s father was never a U.S. citizen. These attorneys then argued, based on court precedent, that a person can only be a natural-born citizen if both parents were citizens.
Shaw failed to mention that the 14th Amendment grants citizenship to “all persons born or naturalized in the United States.” Instead, he presented the issue as a he said/she said:
In a letter to Georgia Secretary of State, an Obama lawyers wrote, “The State of Hawaii produced official records documenting birth there; the President made documents available to the general public by placing them on his website.”
Then Shaw immediately cast doubt on that:
But witnesses testified that birth certificate and even the President’s Social Security number are fakes.
Somehow Shaw didn’t think it worthwhile to point out that impartial, fact-checking experts have carefully examined the birth certificate and ruled it valid. Nor that the U.S. Supreme Court dismissed a previous case challenging Obama’s birth certificate.
Nor did Shaw bother to mention the mountain of evidence discrediting Taitz, including the fact that she was previously fined $20,000 by a federal court (which the U.S. Supreme Court refused to block) for filing frivolous lawsuits challenging Obama’s citizenship.
Instead, Taitz was shown saying,
Anybody who has half a brain in his head listening to what all of those witnesses were saying can see that there is a reasonable doubt. You’ve seen an immigration officer saying, “This man is using a social security number from the state of Connecticut where he never resided.”
”Objective” Bret Baier made the same omissions and similar insinuations during his brief report on the hearing during the “Grapevine” segment of Special Report. Baier avoided using the words "birther" or "birth certificate" and instead described the lawsuit in far more credible-sounding terms.
President Obama and his attorney were both no-shows today in an Atlanta courtroom challenging President Obama’s citizenship and qualification to be on the March primary ballot there. After listening to hours of detailed arguments, the judge did not set a timeline for ruling. The president’s attorney had written to the Georgia Secretary of State imploring him to “bring an end to this baseless, costly and unproductive hearing.” The Secretary of State responded with a warning that if they failed to appear, “you do so at your own peril.” The Obama campaign has said, “As courts around the country have ruled time and again, these claims have no merit.”
As Baier spoke a graphic showed a face of Obama with “NO RULING” written underneath, as if the issue were up in the air.
As I said 3 days ago….the one thing that I like about Sammy is that he’s OLD. And he’s proven to all of us how insignificant and deluded he is. His hatred will pass with him. And that is a fact that even he cannot dispute.
Let me ask you…do you think ANYONT cares that you have a blog? Do you think anyone gives a shit that you post inanities there? Hell,other than the people here the masses do not care about Newshounds. It’s one little spot on the internet. It has gotten some news,but it’s not like any of us are rockstars because of it.
I spent a good amount of time cruising ‘the google’ and checking on your postings. You are a one trick pony. You go into a conversation and self promote your blogs and your spiel all over like a chimpanzee painting it’s cage walls with it’s own shit. You can’t even come up with new ways to state anything,ala. your ‘10,000 hits to my blog comment’. Guess what? Sam Sewell of the past called,and he wants his bullshit back:
Scroll down about middle of the page and you get:
“WOW! 10,000 hits in two days! My little blog doesn’t usually get that much attention.”
No,I bet good money your blog doesn’t get 10 hits a month. In fact,it’s as irrelevent to anyone with actual brain matter as you are. You should be thanking us for giving you some traffic. I mean,hells bells! The hosting service might have removed it for inactivity otherwise.
Seriously old dude,take some advice. Just…stop. Go hate what you want on your own time. It’s fairly obvious that Obama’s blackness makes your naughty bits tingle with fear.But you know what? For all your bullshit and doom and gloom,this country hasn’t died. It isn’t failed. It isn’t gone communist. There’s no Sharia law. There are just normal people,and old soft-core prejudiced fuckheads like you. Tell yourself whatever you want. About how it’s not so. About how it’s all a lie.
But you’re just shamming yourself. Now go take some geritol,sit on the porch and work up a good shit. It’ll do wonders for you.
I honestly pity you,and those like you. The world is leaving you behind and you do yourself no justice by acting like children and wailing about it.
Stop sockpuppeting shit. It’s unbecoming.
Btw,you failed the 4 way test old man. Your birther shit is the definition of ‘dividing’. It provides no good will,no better friendships and it only benefits the weak self view of the birther.
It’s ok. We get it. You’re 71. Life is almost over. The world doesn’t give a fuck about you anymore,and there’s nothing you can do about it. No sense in you making like a teen-aged girl and getting all emo over it.
My association with Mr Sewell is that I am the assistant coordinator for gifted kids for the Mensa southwest Florida chapter. Mr Sewell is and has been the primary program director in our region for many years prior to when I moved here and volunteered.
I do not know anything else and request that I be excluded from future debates.
If there is information about me to the contrary it is in error and I will get it cleared up if you tell me the source.
In Rotary we have the “4-way test” and it may a useful reference for anyone involved in your thread.
Here is the four way test that Scott mentions:
The test, which has been translated into more than 100 languages, asks the following questions:
Of the things we think, say or do
Is it the TRUTH?
Is it FAIR to all concerned?
Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
I can remember when liberals were nice people who were just wrong about most things. Now they are wrong and nasty.
The âprogressive movementâ has shown itself to be a cesspool of intolerant bullies. The trademark personal insult, name calling, ridicule, and ad hominem attacks characterize the debate style of Obamaâs people That tactic has worked quite well on the ignorant and those who value feeling more than reason.
Uninformed voted Obama â
This is not new, transformational politics. This is the rise of a New American Fascism.
Yes I have posted news releases from Orly but I am not affiliated with her. All that time wasted and the only count you can indict me on is posting Orly’s news releases. You certainly have provided evidence for my efforts achieving one of my goals.
" We will most certainly cause Barack Obama and his supporters to have to reallocate resources that would otherwise be used to get Barack Obama reelected."
Your extreme efforts to find something wrong with me and your impotent flailing about has stirred compassion in me. I suggest you access this site and then act accordingly. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001926/
I told his friend Anderson to post here about his friend’s behavior if he chooses to get involved, if he doesn’t… oh well. I’m sure Sewell will lie about that posting something on his behalf. Probably refraining to how he’s such a great guy, despite that he’s been nothing but an unhinged dipshit to us.
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1) You have the right Sam Sewell. But where did I say I like pot?
2) If you found that I like pot on my FB page you will indeed get credit for being a good researcher.
3) Wrong again! Just how incompetent can one person be. You accessed a list of people who connected to me on face book. It isnât an interest of mine. It is a link.
4) This isnât my interest. It is an interest of someone I donât know.
So… I find that you have marijuana as an activity and interest and your response is to claim that it’s somebody else’s, while refusing to delete it?
This isn’t you being caught with a joint, dumbass- this is you being caught with Marijuana as an interest on facebook. In your personal list of activities and interests. Even if someone else put it in there for you… why haven’t you deleted it yet? You still have it up.
At least when I proved you were lying when you said you don’t support or affiliate yourself with Taitz (I proved that you at least support her enough to post support and advice on both her site and yours), you were smart enough to gloss over that.
So lose all around.
Although Trump COULD give advice to some of our trollies for their coifures
WOW! 10,000 hits in two days!
My little blog doesn’t usually get that much attention.
51 Bullet-Pointed Facts That Dispute Barack Obama’s Identity & Eligibility to be President!
None of the examiners question it,because there’s nothing to question.
Now,correct me if I’m wrong your eminence,but that’s not ‘long’ by any stretch of the imagination. Would you care to address this seeming pickle?
Now, if you want to sit around saying otherwise, that’s fine with me. But no matter how smart you are, YOU ARE NEVER GOING TO GET ANYWHERE WITH THIS BECAUSE AMERICANS HAVE ALREADY SPOKEN ON THE SUBJECT.
But go ahead, and keep talking about all the reasons you are right and nearly everyone else in America is wrong. You’ve already bored me to death. If my readers want to keep arguing with you, that’s their prerogative. Just remember, nobody is interested in your “evidence” other than your own little circle.
“Canât you people get anything right. Bunny has always had long hair. That was a current photo (2010)”
Oh,that was my bad. I rechecked the photo I thought had short hair. It was pulled into a pony tail. Funny,the face is still the same. So I still got it ‘right’.
Here,let me help you:
“Gosh Sammy you can’t stop grasping at straws. Hair doesn’t change points of facial recognition. Short or long,it’s the same woman in PSP.”