Editor That Claims Obama’s Kenyan Bio Was an Editorial Oversight, Apparently Oversought that Fact For 17 Years

May 21, 2012 at 9:00 am (Acton and Dystel, Barack Obama, Birther, Breitbart, Doug Ross, Harvard Law Review, Hawaii, Indonesia, Kenya, Literary Agent, Miriam Goderich, Mitt Romney, President, Tommy Christopher)

Last week we addressed a report that was sure to bring a little heat to this site – the fact that a promotional booklet produced in the ’90s had claimed that President Obama was “born in Kenya”.

Breitbart News, who ran the first report on the booklet, had actively sought comment from the publishers who were unavailable – until that is, news of the controversy starting receiving widespread coverage.

At that point, Miriam Goderich, who works at the same literary agency, decided to dive on the grenade by issuing this statement to Political Wire:

“You’re undoubtedly aware of the brouhaha stirred up by Breitbart about the erroneous statement in a client list Acton & Dystel published in 1991 (for circulation within the publishing industry only) that Barack Obama was born in Kenya.  This was nothing more than a fact checking error by me — an agency assistant at the time.  There was never any information given to us by Obama in any of his correspondence or other communications suggesting in any way that he was born in Kenya and not Hawaii.  I hope you can communicate to your readers that this was a simple mistake and nothing more.”

Fact-checking error.  Editorial oversight.  Who knows?

Liberal hacks pounced.  Mediaite’s Tommy Christopher, as he so often does, jumped the gun a bit early using the statement as a way to ridicule the Breitbart site:

Pollak went on to claim that the error in that trade pamphlet was part of a grand design by Obama to reshape his image.  Yes, because the best way to catapult the Obamaganda is in a one-paragraph bio in the middle of 89 other bios that will be distributed via publishing industry junk-mail. Genius.

And yet, Doug Ross has proven that the short biography itself was consistently manipulated over the years, as significant details had been modified with one notable exception; the phrase “born in Kenya” remained intact for 17 years, and was only changed when it actually mattered –  in the spring of 2007 when Obama declared his run for the presidency.

After several revisions, the Obama biography still read this way on April 3rd, 2007 (emphasis mine):

BARACK OBAMA is the junior Democratic senator from Illinois and was the dynamic keynote speaker at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. He was also the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review. He was born in Kenya to an American anthropologist and a Kenyan finance minister and was raised in Indonesia, Hawaii, and Chicago. His first book, DREAMS FROM MY FATHER: A STORY OF RACE AND INHERITANCE, has been a long time New York Times bestseller.

Within less than three weeks, the biography had been changed to read:

BARACK OBAMA is the junior Democratic senator from Illinois and was the dynamic keynote speaker at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. He was also the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review. He was born in Hawaii to an American anthropologist and a Kenyan finance minister and was raised in Indonesia, Hawaii, and Chicago. His first book, DREAMS FROM MY FATHER: A STORY OF RACE AND INHERITANCE, has been a long time New York Times bestseller.

Read the rest here, as Ross has thoroughly documented the transformation of Obama’s biography over two decades.

He adds:

Old media’s feeble handling of this issue — parroting the laughable assertion that clerical errors caused Obama’s birthplace to be incorrectly listed, when former clients and the agency’s policy itself states that authors provide the biographical briefs — is pathetic.

The PJ Tatler sums up the controversy rather well, citing a theory that the President may have been using an alleged Kenyan birth to take advantage of Affirmative Action policies early in his college career:

The scandal is not that Obama was actually born in Kenya, but rather that he lied for his entire adult life about being born in Kenya, for personal gain.

The other scandal here is that the media can turn up a bullying incident involving Mitt Romney from 46 years ago, but can’t find this kind of information four years into the Obama presidency.

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Obama’s Former Literary Agents Reveal They’re Right-Wing Birthers

May 17, 2012 at 4:33 pm (Acton and Dystel, Barack Obama, Birther, Breitbart, Harvard Law Review, Hawaii, Indonesia, Kenya, Literary Agent, President Obama)

A short bio of a relatively unknown Barack Obama written in 1991, includes statements that the soon-to-be President was “born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii”, thus revealing the fact that his literary agents were extremist, right-wing birthers.

Via Breitbart.com,

Breitbart News has obtained a promotional booklet produced in 1991 by Barack Obama’s then-literary agency, Acton & Dystel, which touts Obama as “born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii.” 

The booklet, which was distributed to “business colleagues” in the publishing industry, includes a brief biography of Obama among the biographies of eighty-nine other authors represented by Acton & Dystel. 

It also promotes Obama’s anticipated first book, Journeys in Black and White–which Obama abandoned, later publishing Dreams from My Father instead.

The biography reads (image below):

Barack Obama, the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review, was born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii.  The son of an American anthropologist and a Kenyan finance minister, he attended Columbia University and worked as a financial journalist and editor for Business International Corporation.   He served as project coordinator in Harlem for the New York Public Interest Research Group, and was Executive Director of the Developing Communities Project in Chicago’s South Side. His commitment to social and racial issues will be evident in his first book, Journeys in Black and White.

As is to be expected, the liberals have decided to attack the messenger, prompting a special note from management explaining that the editors at Breitbart are not birthers.  This, instead of asking the obvious question here – why did the publishers of this bio and/or the writer (possibly Obama himself) believe the information to be accurate?
iOwnTheWorld vehemently opposes the explanation from the Breitbart team, saying that they are tiptoeing around their own findings for fear of being labeled ignorant birthers themselves.

I’m getting a little sick of this bending over backwards to not appear “stupid” by these “high profile blogs” on the right. And unfortunately that must include Breitbart.com.

I’m not a “birther” either, in that, I don’t spend all of my time hunting down tips, leads, clues or evidence that Obama’s birth record, birth father, and life story is a lie. But I don’t ridicule the people who do that work.

How can Breitbart.com simultaneously say, we have a document that says Obama was born in Kenya, produced by Obama’s agents, and the printer says that the information was “probably” verified by the authors themselves, but then say that this doesn’t, at all, put the birth certificate’s veracity into question? Why is that?

As the Daily Caller reports, the problem of birtherism is a direct result of Obama’s supporters presenting misleading or contradictory information to the public.
“Obama and his handlers have a history of redefining his identity when expedient … [and] Obama has been known frequently to fictionalize aspects of his own life,” said the Breitbart website, which stressed its management’s disagreement with claims that Obama was actually born oversees.
The so-called “birther” point of view was, ironically, kept alive in 2008 by Obama supporters who slammed reporters investigating the issue, restricted access to his birth certificate and spent heavily to defeat lawsuits seeking a judicial investigation of the issue. 

Since 2008, Obama himself has kept alive the question of where he was born, partly by making jokes about it in speeches and fundraisers. His campaign has also sold Obama-themed products showing his birth certificate.

The answer doesn’t really matter, but what does it say about media today that they won’t even ask the question?  At the very least, prove that either the literary agents or Obama himself lied about his bio in order to sell books.  If you’re willing to research Mitt Romney’s high school antics, why are you not equally interested in a sitting President’s past history?

Anyway, now back to the economy…

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Breaking: Just Released Photo Shows Bloody George Zimmerman Minutes After Altercation

April 20, 2012 at 10:02 am (ABC News, Breitbart, Daily Caller, Florida, George Zimmerman, Sanford, Trayvon Martin)

Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson unavailable for comment…

Ironically, the image (seen below) was released by ABC News, the same group who hastily released video that allegedly showed no marks on Zimmerman’s head – that is, until conservative bloggers enhanced the video to demonstrate otherwise.

Via WFTV:

ABC News exclusively obtained a graphic photograph of George Zimmerman’s head covered in blood that was taken just three minutes after the shooting that left 17-year-old Trayvon Martin dead. This news comes as Zimmerman is set to go before a judge in a bond hearing on Friday. The picture shows two cuts on the back of Zimmerman’s head with blood trickling down.

Zimmerman, who shot and killed 17-year-old Martin on February 26 in a gated Sanford community, claimed he killed Martin in self-defense. Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder for the shooting death of Martin.

The photograph appears to be the first publicly disclosed piece of evidence that could help support Zimmerman’s claim of self-defense. Sources tell ABC News that investigators have seen the photograph and are aware of the photographer’s story.

Sadly, ABC is still trying to justify their shoddy journalism regarding the video, saying:

Zimmerman was treated at the scene, then transferred to the police station, where his wounds appear to be less visible in surveillance video.

He was treated and cleaned up at the scene, just as the Daily Caller and Breitbart.com were alleging was a possibility from the beginning.

Is there any doubt that new media has eclipsed the main stream media any longer?

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Video of Michelle Obama as a Young Harvard Occupier?

March 8, 2012 at 12:06 pm (Alinsky, Breitbart, Derrick Bell, Harvard, Harvard Law School, J. Christian Adams, Media, Michelle Obama, President Obama, Rules For Radicals, Saul Alinsky)

The vetting of Obama, something that should have been done in 2008, continues.  This time, with video of what may be a young Michelle Obama taking part in a protest on behalf of race-extremist, Professor Derrick Bell.  The purpose of the Occupy-like sit-in is in advocating the very definition of racism – they were demanding that the Harvard Law School hire professors based on race. 

Via Pajamas Media (h/t Twitchy):

A treasure trove of information is coming out regarding Barack Obama’s time in college. Over at the Breitbart sites, we are learning how Obama inserted himself into a fight to implement hiring on the basis of race at Harvard Law School. The Obama tapes also seem to show the other Obama – Michelle – occupying the Harvard Law School dean’s office. The occupiers were agitating for the race-based hiring of Harvard law professors.

The racialist fight at Harvard Law from 1988 to 1991 swirls around Professor Derrick Bell. As detailed over at Big Government, Professor Bell was a role model to law student Barack Obama. But he also openly advocated for a variety of racialist views wholly outside the American mainstream. Some of them are outright crazy. He deliberately used his position as a professor to teach racially charged theories of structural oppression by whites. Obama, nevertheless, now famously urged us “to open up our hearts and minds to the words of Professor Derrick Bell.”

Author of the post, J. Christian Adams, claims to have viewed the Betamax (higher quality) version of the tapes that he says ‘leave little doubt’ that they show Michelle Obama.  What exactly do they show?

In May 1988, Harvard Law students, borrowing from Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals, and foreshadowing the Occupy movement of 2011, occupied the Harvard Law School’s dean’s office. The students were supporting Professor Derrick Bell’s demand that the law school hire professors on the basis of race.

One of the students “dressed in black” and occupying the dean’s office appears to be Michelle Obama (Harvard Law ’88).

Here is a link to the internet version of the video.

Another brick in the wall that shows the Obamas palling around, and advocating for, radicals.

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Weekend Recession: Andrew Breitbart’s 2012 CPAC Speech

March 3, 2012 at 3:07 pm (Andrew Breitbart, Breitbart, Candidate, Conservative, CPAC, GOP, Kurt Cobain, Media, Republican, Speech, Susie Bean, Weekend Recession)

Normally, we like to leave you with something funny to look at over the weekend – whether it’s Elmo singing ‘I’m Sexy and I know It’, or a baby playing ping-pong, etc…

But the world become a little less funnier this week with the unexpected announcement that conservative media icon, Andrew Breitbart, had passed away.

Breitbart was essentially the Kurt Cobain of political media, saying things that were on the minds of conservatives, but delivered in a way that only he could.  He was bright, funny, accommodating, and by all accounts the hardest working man in media.

So this weekend we are simply giving you the complete clip from his speech at CPAC, just a few weeks ago.  It is funny in and of itself, but again ends with a tremendously important point that can’t be stressed enough:

I don’t care who our candidate is and I haven’t since the beginning of this. I haven’t! Ask not what the candidate can do for you, ask what you can do for the candidate! …

When I walk through CPAC or a I travel the United States to meet people in the Tea Party who care – black, white, gay, and straight – anyone that’s willing to stand next to me to fight the progressive left, I will be in that bunker.

And if you’re not in that bunker because you’re not satisfied with [a certain] candidate, more than shame on you! You’re on the other side!

It is also sad to see a man so vibrant and full of energy, that he stole the show at CPAC, and to know that just a short time later he is gone.  But the fight carries on.

Our condolences to his wife, Susie, his four young children, and the rest of his family and friends…

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