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.
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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And that’s the trued!