And it may not even be because of the outcry directed at Lou Dobbs
for giving the birther crowd an air of legitimacy. And no matter how
many high-profile conservatives criticize the group questioning Obama’s
citizenry, it hasn’t slowed them down.
After all, Ann Coulter won’t give them any support. She’s calling
‘em “cranks”. Don’t look to FOX News host Bill O’Reilly. He doesn’t
care. Further, he compares them to 9/11 conspiracists. Michelle Malkin
has no time for it.
But it keeps growing. Like a mutation. In fact, it went into overdrive this weekend with the release of a supposedly newly found alleged bith certificate showing President Obama’s birthplace to be Mombasa, Kenya.
So what might be that illustrious tipping point today? An inside
job. An implosion. A self-cratering. Whatever you want to call it, it
wasn’t pretty. But, strangely, you can’t look away.
The circus began when Orly Taitz, a longtime chieftain of the
birther posse (and a dentist), appeared with MSNBC host David Shuster
this afternoon to discuss the document.
Shuster, who is no friend to the right, was actually pretty gentle
with his guest seeming to be aware that he really didn’t need to do
much — at all — to precipitate the train wreck. It was like he was a
super-gifted weatherman who accurately predicted a 100 percent chance
No need to antagonize, belittle, or bully to get a reaction. Shuster
instead relied on an even more sinister media trick — he asked a
All he wanted to know was if President Obama was born elsewhere why
were there birth announcements in both Honolulu newspapers. “How could
these birth certificates have been fabricated 48 years before President
Obama possibly took office? How would they have that foresight to know
that?” he asked.
It’s a fair question. And someone who has the facts on her side should be able to answer that question easily.
Taitz began her answer by asking Shuster how much time she had to
respond, explaining that she had a bad experience with CNN’s Kitty
Pilgrim who said “a lot of lies” and didn’t give her an opportunity to
Shuster said if she would just answer the question they would give her plenty of time to respond. (Pilgrim, be damned!)
Already appearing to be worn out, Taitz took a breath and began
explaining that all you needed in Hawaii for a birth announcement was a
statement by a relative and that’s why they were demanding the original
“What would be the motivation?” Shuster asked, stepping on Taitz. “What would be the motivation for Barack Obama’s family…”
“Give me an opportunity to answer,” Taitz said, stepping on Shuster.
“If you could show some decency and integrity as a journalist to give
me an opportunity to respond.”
“OK. You can talk about integrity and discipline. Go for it,”
Shuster replied, while stepping on Taitz. (OK, he was a bit surly
“A parent could just fill out a form and lied,” Taitz said (stepping
on Shuster). “If Obama was born in Kenya and the mother wanted to lie —
she didn’t want to go through immigration, she didn’t want to pay an
immigration attorney, she would fill out the form and say ‘my son was
born in Honolulu’ and mail it to the health department…”
“Just to be clear, your allegation here is that Barack Obama’s mother was somehow motivated to lie …”
“Let me finish!”
“You don’t let me finish! No I don’t. You are unable to listen!”
Believe it or not, it went downhill from here. Jerry Springer show
comes to mind. Although no chairs were thrown, Taitz accused Shuster of
being one of Obama’s “Brownshirts” in the media.
Offended, Shuster asked Taitz if she refused a cab ride to the NBC
studios because the driver had a Muslim-sounding name. She denied the
Meanwhile, she said she had a problem with another MSNBC host. This
host was then piped in via a split screen and they talked on top of
each other until Taitz was eventually thrown off the show (or they just
cut off the feed).
We’ve included the video below. As the Chicago Tribune’s Mark Silva said: Fasten your seatbelts.
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