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Saturday, May 19, 2012

The Media Ignores The Big Story

One of the biggest news stories of the past few days is that Obama's biography published by his literary agent in 1991, and used with only minor changes until 2007 (when he decided to run for President), states that Obama was born in Kenya. There is no credible explanation for the continued error for 16 years. Moreover, their lame excuse of that it was merely a "fact-checking error" is suspicious considering that the agency required its authors to submit their own biographies. So, the only reasonable explanation is that Obama submitted the information to the Dystel & Goderich agency.

This is actually supported when you compare the entry for Obama against the other authors in the booklet. You can see a copy of the 2007 entry here--scroll down until you get to Obama. (It is interesting that it was updated to include Obama's book, "Dreams of My Father," but still listing Obama's place of birth as Kenya). Compare this to the other bio's. It is the only one that mentions, let alone emphasizes, where the author was born and raised. In other words, it was a key fact that was intended to be emphasized and provide credibility for what the author was going to be writing about.

But, there has been nary a word about this in media. The major media outlets have ignored it completely; even Fox News, which ostensibly at least tries to be somewhat neutral or even slightly right-leaning. Fortunately, alternative media has picked up and is spreading this story. Besides Breitbart, which broke the news, and Drudge which widely disseminated it, various bloggers have been examining the subject including Roger Kimball, and Roger L. Simon, who assumes that Obama was actually born in Hawaii and examines why Obama would want to "falsely" state that he was born in Kenya. He concludes:
But why would he choose to do that? Well, maybe for a grant, a subvention, a scholarship that was available uniquely to students from Africa or similar locales.

Yes, I know that’s not “fair,” in the lexicon of the Lord of Fairness, to have adopted a phony identity and deprived others of an opportunity they may have more richly deserved. But it would certainly fit with Obama’s early need to be recognized as a Kenyan by his agent and, presumably, his publisher. As we all know, it’s not the crime, but the cover-up. (In this case, actually, it’s both.)

As time went on, of course, college drifted away and politics reared its head. The Kenyan identity became less necessary, even a liability, so it was dropped.

I don’t know about you — but this makes sense to me. It also fits with the tomb-like silence around his college years.
 Joel Pollak, at Breitbart, also examines why the media has failed to delve into Obama's past. He writes:
The mainstream media has clamored for, and investigated, and leaked information about other presidential candidates. But not Barack Obama--not in 2008, and not now.

Even when you lead the mainstream media by the nose to the facts, or to the questions they should ask, they refuse. They are addicted to a failing business model: left-wing bias alienates readers, which cuts revenues, which leads to layoffs, which leads to less news coverage, which leads to more opinion, which alienates readers anew. They tinker with every part of that failing model except the bias that launches the vicious cycle.

As more and more information about Obama emerges--through Breitbart News and other New Media sources, left and right--the failing mainstream media look more and more foolish, reduced to beatifying the president instead of reporting what he and his administration have done to this country.

Whether Obama’s college transcripts, or the documents in the Fast and Furious scandal, the time for excuses and evasions is over.

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