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.
Oooo. We got us another internet rambo here! Tell me Johnny? Will you use the m60 now? Or will you throw a few firecrackers first just to shake things up?
FYI. Everybody’s a tough guy on the internet. And I hate to tell you grandpa,you’re about as frightening as a kid with ice cream smeared all over his puss.
Now. Since you got all your tough guy Conservativeness out front,can I suggest something? Come at me brah. I’m a big boy,and can certainly laugh at the likes of you with utter freedom. I’m Godlike that way.
I know it hurts when you’re outed as a self-aggrandizing fraud. But no reason to get all threatening,like.
I presume you are talking about some incident in the past. I don’t threaten people.
If I decide to take someone out they don’t get a warning.
Here it is again. (Goody Goody I have a chance to sore one more time at an Obot’s expense)
You will note that I have two other titles in the organization.
Be sure to post Scott’s answer so you can be humiliated in public.
“excommunicant” is our clever way of listing the members of the Executive Committee. Do you actually think Mensa would “excommunicate” members. The word means you are no longer able to take communion.
Scott Anderson is my assistant.
The way you draw conclusions from scant information sort of explains why you believe Obama.
And this sick bastard claims to work with gifted children?
Someone needs to look into this guy…seriously.
I’m also wondering how many of the parents of these ‘gifted’ children realize what a whacko they’re entrusting their children to?
Taitz may be the queen of the birthers, but she’s also the the epitome of the kind of person they should distance themselves from, like JT Ready for the Tea Party or Don Black for Ron Paul supporters.
She jumped the shark hardcore when she tried an elligibility lawsuit against Damon Dunn because he beat her in the election for Secretary of State:
Since that, her name has been cause for the case to get thrown out- “Orlly Taitz? Quit wasting my time!”. She must be over the moon that there’s still a court in this country willing to let her in.
First your linkedin says you’re an employee, then you say you’re just a volunteer. Now you’re the leader?
I was going to let you tell them yourself… but while I was making my last post, I finally found your name listed- as an excommunicant.
Funny how Group 339 lists the people who got kicked out under CONTACT INFORMATION. It sheds a lot of light on how your chapter runs things.
BTW, the leader of the program, the guy who replaced you if you’re not lying yet again? HIs name is William Scott Anderson. I contacted him to ask about you- Let’s see if he answers. If he does and the story comes with a mugshot, guess what I’m posting next?
And you haven’t earned the right to know my real name. I’m still not sure you aren’t someone who’s made threats against me hijacking Sewell’s name.
Oh come on big boy. That’s the oldest damn internet excuse for a failed bullshit artist to use. The old "I was doing an experiement’,‘I am writing a phsycology termpaper’. Blah Blah.
The only counter you’re keeping is the bean counter that tallies your fail.
Dr. Herbert Titus – Obama is not a “natural born Citizen” -
Orly Taits? Honestly,why do they cling to this retarded woman? She’s already done the whole birther movement irrevocable harm with her clingy,money grubbing ways.
She’s a charlatan and a grifter. Much like Sarah Palin,but Russian. Heck,for all we know she was seen by Palin from her ‘back yard’.
No sir. I called you stupid BECAUSE of the ignorance displayed in the content of your posts.
I mean seriously,sheesh?
(New York) A top Democrat, apparently operating with the full approval and cooperation of the president, has been directing a team of up to 100 employees who are paid to publish disinformation on a wide variety of websites, according to anti-Obama researchers. The radical supporters of the president, known as Obama robots, or “OBOTs” for short, have confirmed their White House-appointed ring leader is Democratic Party operative James A. Johnson, the former chairman of Fannie Mae
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Quick Response Teams â QRT is a military term used to describe Special Forces who can be rapidly deployed to trouble spots. Barack Obama already has his mercenary special forces trained and in the field. We want Obama supporters to be confronted by well-informed citizens armed with carefully validated facts and well-reasoned rebuttals to OBOT anti-American, anti-business, anti-religious, anti-constitutional, pro socialist propaganda. Our QRT personnel must be prepared and ready and respond quickly to media and social networking activities of Obama supporters. No matter where. No matter when.
I have been giving a trial run of our material and the effectiveness of using a pro Obama forum to get our message out. It has worked quite well. “I get the feeling this self-proclaimed experiment involves showing how easily someone can hijack a thread if weâre not careful.”
What results can we expect? â We have fifty chances to remove Obamaâs name from the ballot. The likely legal outcome of such an effort is that we will be successful in some states.
We will also have a strong influence on the effectiveness of Barack Obamaâs mercenary special forces on the Internet.
Barack Obama will need to pay lawyers and use personnel to answer every ballot challenge that we officially create. 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.
Several polls indicate that the majority of the American people want Barack Obama to fully disclose his history. We will create doubt in the minds of millions of people. Most national elections are decided by only a few percentage points. We have the power to influence votes away from Barack Obama, and in favor of his opponent. We know we will have an effect! Hopefully we will have enough of an effect to determine the outcome of the election
Whatever our results, we will have fought the good fight and we will have diminished Barack Obamaâs chances for reelection.
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I am the head of the Naples Gifted Child program. Go ahead, ask some questions.
Of course I am an open book. That is how I get all of you to chase invisible rabbits like Harvey.
If you didn’t know my name how could I get all of you so involved.
How about telling me your real name?