It’s not the media’s job to always press for more information. It’s their job to press for more information relevant to an issue, topic or subject that can aid them in the tasks of investigating, editorializing or documenting. Any skeptics were persuaded by the short form birth certificate, numerous investigations, newspaper clippings and his books and his childhood pictures.
Birthers should be ignored. As should 9/11 truthers. After thresholds of proof were defined met and reviewed repeatedly, they still say their theories hold. Conspiracy theorists cannot be convinced or debunked. They are fanatics and with regards to this birth certificate they cannot be convinced.
Obama provided a short form birth certificate which is accepted by state and federal law for identification purposes. The MSM should ignore people who demand we:
- prove a negative
- continually change the threshold for acceptance of proof of the affirmative (without the fundamental context changing)
- accept a single news personality as a definitive source
What Birthers demand that we prove Barack Hussein Obama II is not a Manchurian, Kenyan Born, Indonesian Madrassa trained plant under control of the Illuminati, USA Branch that they know he is. Yes. Let’s dig deeper into that. That should be the next question posed to Press Secretary Jay Carney. And who the hell said citizens questions are illegitimate when they ask to see proof of Obama’s citizenship. Citizens questions are illegitimate when they ignore that proof that answers that question.
Multiple media outlets sent a reporter to Hawaii so they could talked to people, newspaper officials and the Dept. of State of Hawaii to get the information (See FactCheck.org, Politifact, CNN and others). A variety of pictures from his childhood exist. I have never seen all of that type of information from Clinton, either Bush or Reagan or Carter. The MSM pressed for more information and they got it.
Sullivan is out of line here.