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.
You referred to us as an “experiment,” Sewell- nice how you can disclose that, but it’s suddenly crossing the line to ask you what the experiment was- you know, besides insulting us and thinking us getting offended proves something.
BTW- Incompetent research?
I searched your name on the actual MENSA sites- MENSA US didn’t turn you up:
“Sam Sewell returned 0 possible matches”
MENSA International? Bupkas.
Hitting Youtube for videos of you speaking at MENSA events, like you claim you have:
And just because I was pissed about having to lose my break to reply to you this much earlier than I said I would, I googled your name against “idiot”- seems just about everyone who ever talked to you online sums you up with the terms idiot, moron, clueless reject, quack, sociopath, troll and (my personal favourite) braying jackass. Most of them are pretty sure it’s some hard-right troll impersonating the real Sewell.
I’m about to hit up the head of the Naples Gifted Child program about you. I’m pretty sure I’ll get an interesting story there… care to launch a pre-emptive defense?
Journalists and activists on both sides of this issue keep getting it wrong! It doesn’t matter where he was born. He didn’t have two American parents. My position is that if he was born on the capital steps he would not be eligible because he only had one American parent. Consider this conversation at McCainâs eligibility inquiry by the U.S. Senate: “My assumption and my understanding is that if you are born of American parents, you are naturally a natural-born American citizen,” Chertoff replied. “That is mine, too,” said Leahy. What’s interesting here is that Sen. Leahy, the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary, confirms that a “natural born” citizen is the child of American citizen parents. Parents — that’s two. That’s BOTH parents.
Just a Reminder – Before he was nominated AKA Obama Signed Resolution Describing Him As Ineligible
Also see: The Tribe/Olson Memo on Natural Born Citizenship
Given the stature of Messrs Tribe and Olson, this should, by any measure, be a nail in the coffin of the ‘single citizen-parent’ theory of Presidential eligibility.
And yet, here you are. Still.
That’d be like me saying,oh,I’m personally involved with the Obama’s because I ran a local chapter of thier fan club.
Riddle me this: They don’t let you into the super-secret squirrel Mensa meetings,do they?
Regional Press Clippings – American Mensa Region 10
Feb 22, 2006 â By SAM SEWELL, Special to The Banner … Contributions can be mailed to: Mensa, care of Cal Curlin, 2230 Arielle Dr. Apt # 1906, Naples, …
Naples Press Relaese – Naples Net News – Naples lifestyles …
Naples Florida Realtor, Alexandra Nasrallah, Specializing in Naples New Homes and Condominiums, Golf and … Contact: Sam Sewell, Mensa Public Relations …
MENSA offers brain teasers, fun, fellowship Â» Naples Daily News
By JEAN AMODEA; Naples Daily News; Posted January 14, 2008 at 4:26 p.m.. Discuss … Sam Sewell explained, "Some people think Mensa is elite or exclusive. …
MENSA First Friday Forum (Naples, FL)
MENSA First Friday Forum (Naples, FL)
MENSA – Naples Free-Net
The Mensa schedule for the upcoming season is: Sam and Bunny Sewell on Psychotherapy.
Sewell (assuming this is actually Sewell and not some clown who hijacked his name) has mentioned that we’re an “experiment” to him before he falsely claimed that no one has challenged his claims. I won’t be able to post here or on any of the other sites through Wednesday after this, but I’m interested in hearing him explain it to me when I have a moment to read.
After all, the person who pointed this guy out to me pointed out that our old “friend” from Iowa constantly claimed we were a “study” for him on his pre-2.0 blog entries… as well as a few times on therads where he lost the debate repeatedly. Or was questioned on whatever claim about himself he changed the subject to.
Oh, and don’t think I didn’t notice that you weren’t capable of explaining why the Region 10, United States and International MENSA sites can’t turn you up. Despite that you claim to be a 30 year member of the Gifted Child Program. Even if they don’t list volunteers, why aren’t you even listed in the directories as a member- current or former?
“Now that is the kind of response I have been hoping for. There are no rational, factual, or civil arrows left in your quiver so you digress to ridicule and ad hominem attacks. That is how I know I have won the debate. Thank you! "
And you’re dumbshit enough to think I was ‘arguing’ with the likes of you? Ell Oh Ell!
Firstly,chump,I don’t waste my time arguing over non-existent ‘facts’ that people pull out their asses.They aren’t important,since they’re all crap. Secondly,that’s a very high opinion of yourself if you think I give a single damn about what jibber-jabber flows out of your pie-hole. I simply,don’t. You’re irrelevent to any intelligent conversation,Mr. Mensa.
And lastly,you got FLAMED. Period. A truthful flame,yes. Because you ARE a moron. You’ve spent page after page posting your ‘facts’(which equate to bullshit of the first order). Those same facts do NOT exist as such. They’re your,and some other dumbass numbnuts opinions.
Now,stop drinking those kitchen cleaners you’re substituting for alchoholic beverages,and unplug your computer before you irrevocably let everyone on the interwebs know your intellect is the internet equivalent to a pile of dogshit crapped out on a roof shingle.
The following shall be nationals and citizens of the United States at birth:
(a) a person born in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof;
(b) a person born in the United States to a member of an Indian, Eskimo, Aleutian, or other aboriginal tribe: Provided, That the granting of citizenship under this subsection shall not in any manner impair or otherwise affect the right of such person to tribal or other property;
Domenica is Italian for Sunday.
Who to believe? Dr. Titus or something who calls itself Domenica Iacovone
Dr. Herbert Titus – Obama is not a “natural born Citizen” -
Herbert W. Titus is of counsel to the law firm of William J. Olson, P.C. Prior to his association with this firm, Mr. Titus taught constitutional law, common law, and other subjects for nearly 30 years at five different American Bar Association approved law schools. From 1986 to 1993, he served as the founding Dean of the College of Law and Government in Regent University, Virginia Beach, Virginia. Prior to his academic career, he served as a Trial Attorney and a Special Assistant United States Attorney with the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. and Kansas City, Missouri. Today he is engaged in a general practice with a concentration in constitutional strategy, litigation, and appeals.
Mr. Titus holds the J.D. degree (cum laude) from Harvard and the B.S. degree in Political Science from the University of Oregon from which he graduated Phi Beta Kappa. He is an active member of the bar of Virginia and an inactive member of the bar of Oregon. He is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, the United States Court of Claims, and the United States Courts of Appeals for the Sixth, Seventh, Ninth, Tenth, District of Columbia and Federal Circuits. His constitutional practice has taken him into federal district courts in Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Montana, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Wyoming, and the District of Columbia and the state courts of Idaho, Texas and North Dakota.
Not the crap site that you used.
All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
Could you pass a screening to work with children>
No employee profiles, no employee records, no bio pages… Not even a mention that he’s a member of the Naples Area chapter.
Care to explain, Sammy? And keep in mind that the only reason you’re even getting this is because of Domenica finding that you actually had a membership at one point.
But yer Mr Smarty Pants an dat da trued
It don’t matter where the parent was born.
It matters that they were US citizens before the child was born.
A natural born citizen is “native born of two citizens”.
Mitt’s dad was granted “derivative” US citizenship under the Act XXII of Congress February 10, 1855.
See Saul Alinsky RULE 5: Ridicule is manâs most potent weapon. There is no defense. Itâs irrational. Itâs infuriating. It also works as a key pressure point to force the enemy into concessions.
You might consult an article on this blog entitled. Spot false arguments and make strong ones.
My posts were aimed at the audience not those who post here. The posters are beyond being educated.
âDon’t argue with an idiot; people watching may not be able to tell the differenceâ.
As stupid as Obama is it must get tough for the guy to keep track of all those lies swirling around in his head.
âThe reforms we seek would bring greater competition, choice, savings and inefficiencies to our health care system.â âin remarks after a health care roundtable with physicians, nurses and health care providers, Washington, D.C., July 20, 2009
âWhat I was suggesting â youâre absolutely right that John McCain has not talked about my Muslim faithâ¦â âin an interview with ABCâs George Stephanopoulos, who jumped in to correct Obama by saying âyour Christian faith,â which Obama quickly clarified, Sept. 7, 2008
âUPS and FedEx are doing just fine, right? Itâs the Post Office thatâs always having problems.â âattempting to make the case for government-run healthcare, while simultaneously undercutting his own argument, Portsmouth, N.H., Aug. 11, 2009
âItâs not surprising, then, they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who arenât like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.â âspeaking at a San Francisco fundraiser about his troubles winning over some small-town, working-class voters, April 11, 2008
âOne such translator was an American of Haitian descent, representative of the extraordinary work that our men and women in uniform do all around the world â Navy Corpse-Man Christian Brossard.â âmispronouncing âCorpsmanâ (the âpsâ is silent) during a speech at the National Prayer Breakfast, Washington, D.C., Feb. 5, 2010 (The Corpsmanâs name is also Christopher, not Christian)
âIâve now been in 57 states â I think one left to go.â âat a campaign event in Beaverton, Oregon, May 9, 2008
âHowâs it going, Sunshine?â âcampaigning in Sunrise, Florida
âOn this Memorial Day, as our nation honors its unbroken line of fallen heroes â and I see many of them in the audience here today â our sense of patriotism is particularly strong.â
âIn case you missed it, this week, there was a tragedy in Kansas. Ten thousand people died â an entire town destroyed.â âon a Kansas tornado that killed 12 people
For your review
Some of us have been working on the eligibility issue since before the 2008 election. Below is a collection of research that I consider the best available.
Complete factual biography scrupulously researched:
The Obama Timeline
by Don Fredrick
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Obama âI have nothing to hide but Iâm hiding it.â
by Sam Sewell
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An attorney reviews the evidence relevant to Obamaâs eligibility to serve:
Why Canât Obama Give a Simple and Truthful Answer to the Birth Certificate Question?
by Mario Apuzzo
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An objective view of both sides of the eligibility issue
Obama Presidential Eligibility â An Introductory Primerâ
by Stephen Tonchen
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