In an article published online Friday, Rachel Rose Hartman of Yahoo! News lamented that President Obama’s upcoming trip to Africa would not include a stop in Kenya, “the country of his birth.”
The mainstream media for years has been lockstep behind the president in affirming his birth in Hawaii, even derisively labeling those who question the official story as “birthers.”
And in fact, Talking Points Memo reports that within 90 minutes of the story’s publication, Yahoo! News added the following: “Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified the president’s birthplace.”
The wording of the story was then changed from referencing Kenya as “the country of his birth” to “his ancestral homeland.”
A screenshot of the original article (emphasis added) can be seen below:
A screenshot of the amended article can also be seen below:
Hartman’s article spoke of the Obama family’s upcoming visit to Africa, which is expected to take place from June 26-July 3, and planned stops in Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania.
Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes, however, told reporters Kenya wasn’t on the itinerary.
So was Hartman’s reporting that Obama was born in Kenya a slip-up or a sign of something more?
The answer may be impossible to discover. A spokesperson for Yahoo! News told the Washington Post there would be no comments available beyond the correction.
Social media monitor Twitchy, however, noted that many users of Twitter were quick to assume Hartman a “birther” and blasted her as racist while demanding she be fired.
The Kenyan government, as well, in 2009 commissioned a cultural museum in Kenya to “honour the birthplace of President Obama.”
Even Obama’s own literary agency billed him as “born in Kenya” as late as 2007 to promote the sale of his book, “Dreams from My Father.”
And while the White House released a purported copy of Obama’s Hawaiian birth certificate April 27, 2011, the president’s refusal to release his childhood and college records, coupled with charges that the birth certificate is a forgery, as well as Barack Obama Sr.’s status as a foreign national, have led many so-called “birthers” to continue to question Obama’s birthplace and/or eligibility under the U.S. Constitution to serve as president.
As WND has reported, a special Cold Case Posse assembled by Maricopa, Ariz., County Sheriff Joe Arpaio was even assembled to look into the question at the request of Arpaio’s constituents, who were concerned they were being defrauded by having an ineligible candidate on the 2012 election ballot.
Last year, Arpaio held a press conference at which he and Cold Case Posse Chief Mike Zullo outlined their findings.
In an affidavit, since filed with the Alabama Supreme Court, Zullo explained, “At that time, we announced that we had concluded that there was probable cause that forgery and fraud had been committed in respect of two documents: 1) the long-form or original birth certificate computer image presented by Mr. Obama, which contained multiple errors and anomalies, many of them serious and: 2) the selective-service document for Mr. Obama, which contained a two-digit year-stamp. This was contrary to specifications issued by federal regulations to the effect that the year of issue should be expressed as four digits on the stamp, and also contrary to any other selective-service registration document that we had been able to examine.”
The result of the evidence, he said, is one conclusion.
“Accordingly, Sheriff Arpaio continues to recommend that the Congress of the United States open an immediate investigation, including the appointment of a select committee, as regards to the authenticity of Mr. Obama’s documentation, whether any crimes have been committed, and to determine Mr. Obama’s eligibility for the office of president of the United States,” he said.
When Joel Pollak, a columnist for Brietbart.com, exposed his findings that a biographical sketch of Barak Obama in 1991 stated that he “was born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii,” senior management deemed it prudent to distance itself from the “Birther” issue with this disclaimer:
Andrew Breitbart was never a “Birther,” and Breitbart News is a site that has never advocated the narrative of “Birtherism.” In fact, Andrew believed, as we do, that President Barack Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, on August 4, 1961…
[The biographical sketch that we discovered] is evidence — not of the President’s foreign origin, but that Barack Obama’s public persona has perhaps been presented differently at different times.
The sketch, contained in a 36-page promotional booklet along with those of 89 other authors, was designed to target interested persons in the publishing industry about upcoming books by the authors. Obama at the time was promoting a book entitled Journeys in Black and White that he failed to complete. But the booklet remained in the public domain from 1991 until April 2007 when it was “corrected.” In another release by Brieitbart, the original language of Obama’s bio 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 Kenya to an American anthropologist and a Kenyan finance minister and was raised in Indonesia, Hawaii, and Chicago…
But two months after Obama launched his presidential campaign in February of 2007, the bio, then 16 years old but still available on the Internet, was changed:
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…
Another conservative commentator distancing himself from any discussion that such revelations lend credence to efforts of “Birthers” to expose Obama’s real background was Erick Erickson of RedState.com:
I do not believe Barack Obama was born in Kenya. I don’t think it matters even if he were born overseas because his mother was an American citizen. I’m not going to debate it with the cult of birtherism…
The point is not that Barack Obama was born in Kenya. The point is that Barack Obama has repeatedly been perfectly okay embellishing and having others embellish his qualifications and biography to make himself someone unique instead of just another Chicago politician.
And then, in perfect sync with the mainstream media’s proven efforts to direct attention away from the “third-rail” of “Birtherism,” Erickson goes on to list extensively other changes, modifications, amplifications and glorifications of Obama’s past that he has made, or has allowed to be made for him, in order to create and maintain his unique “persona” in keeping with the mainstream media’s sugar-coated view of the Chicago politician. That way Erickson redirects the conversation away from the “Birther” issue and focuses instead on something less painful and volatile and risky.
The media has known about Obama’s Kenya background for years. The Associated Press published an article about Obama when he was running for the Illinois Senate in 2004 which appeared here with the headline: “Kenyan-born Obama all set for US Senate,” going on to explain that:
Kenyan-born US Senate hopeful, Barrack [sic] Obama, appeared set to take over the Illinois Senate seat after his main rival, Jack Ryan, dropped out of the race on Friday night amid a furor over lurid sex club allegations.
Which is why attempts to explain away the Kenyan reference in the bio exposed by Breitbart ring hollow. The literary agent involved in writing the bio for Obama, Miriam Goderich, claimed that “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.” [Emphasis added.]
A sixth-grader could see through this. If there was never any information given to her about Kenya then how did that information get into the bio? Did she just make it up? And if it was an error how did it get past the screening and editing process? And how did the “error” remain uncorrected for 16 years? And why was it suddenly corrected two months after Obama announced for the presidency? According to Erickson and Brietbart: There’s nothing to see here — just move along!
The promotional booklet published in 1991 that was just brought to light and the response to it by some prominent members of the so-called “conservative” alternate media tell much more about them than it does about the current occupant of the White House.
African Press International (API) is a Norway-based English-language online news service that began in 2006. API claims to have “an audience covering more than 101 countries worldwide,” with a majority in Africa and the U.S., and “another large group of followers” residing in Europe.
API’s e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org; its mailing address is Foreign Press Association in Norway/NIPS, Haakon VII’s gt 10, 0161 Oslo, NORWAY.
An API article on March 9, 2012, claims that on the evening of March 6, API “received President Obama’s genuine birth certificate” — a birth certificate that “places the president in the African continent,” specifically, in the Republic of Kenya.
According to the article,
“Many people seem to be of the opinion that there is a plan to hide from them the real thing. The US President says he is born in Hawaii. Many documents being circulated worldwide says otherwise. Therefore, it is very important to be outright and get the real thing on the table without witch hunt or without trying to malign the president’s name, unless the truth is not what he personally has said.”
But now that Obama’s genuine birth certificate is uncovered, the API declares that “The debate surrounding it will now end after the revelation, and those who have not been telling the truth will have to be made answerable one way or another” and “This may force the US president to apologise to the American people for having been kept in the dark on the issue….”
Here are two images of the purported Kenya birth certificate of Barack Hussein Obama Jr. [click image to enlarge]:
The API article also states that API has sought to corroborate the birth certificate with Kenya’s Coast Provincial Birth Registration Office (CPBRO). The corroboration, in the form of “a duly signed official letter” from CPBRO, as well as “a very special document”, will be scanned “for all to see”, tomorrow, March 31, 2012, between 11.00 and 16.00. API promises that “The two documents will put the issue to rest and clear the air once and for all!”