New York news conference Sunday: The “Last Birther News Conference”
Andy Martin, the independent Internet columnist and blogger who created the “Birther” movement, will hold a New York news conference today, “The Last Birther News Conference.”
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Announcement of New York, NY news conference today, Sunday, September 18th
September 18 New York news conference details:
Andy Martin, the independent Internet columnist and blogger who created the “Birther” movement
Andy Martin says he will conduct “The Last Birther News Conference” today
Sidewalk in front of Forest Hills, NY Post Office, 10628 Queens Boulevard, Forest Hills, NY 11375 (Andy is also available at 4:30 P.M. at LaGuardia Airport)
Sunday, September 18, 2016; 3:00 P.M. (Forest Hills)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Andy Martin says he hopes he can conduct “The Last Birther News Conference” today
Andy Martin created the “Birther” movement and then walked away when the issue was taken over by crazies claiming Barack Obama was born in Kenya
“I have always stated unequivocally that Barack Obama was born in Hawai’i,” Andy says “The origin of the ‘Birther movement’ was not a so-called ‘Kenyan birth’ but rather my efforts to force the release of Obama’s Hawai’i birth certificate”
(NEW YORK) (September 18, 2016) Andy Martin, the corruption-fighting Internet columnist and blogger who first challenged Barack Obama’s family story in 2004 and later created the so-called “Birther” movement, will hold a New York news conference today to conduct what he hopes will be “The Last Birther News Conference.”
“Twelve years ago I started exposing President Barack Obama’s lies about his family history,” Andy states. “Did I expect to see Obama’s lies still being dissected in 2016? No. But as the person generally credited with raising the original doubts about Obama’s family history (please see link #1) I would like to ‘take control’ of the latest controversy to place the entire Birther matter in perspective.
“1. First, please allow me to explain my dual roles and how I tried to carefully separate them over the past 12 years. I am both a conservative political activist and operative on the one hand, and an independent scholarly researcher in Hawai’i and Illinois concerning President Obama on the other. I have tried to clearly delineate my roles as a political commentator and also as someone doing independent research in Hawai’i and Illinois concerning Mr. Obama. I try to separate my objective facts from my own investigative theories.
“2. Although some of my comments below may be seen as critical of Donald Trump, I fully intend to vote for him. I cannot stomach the greed and corruption of the Clinton Family and their liberal media sycophants.
“3. I wrote the original independent book on Obama, ‘Obama: The Man Behind The Mask.’ My book never mentioned terms ‘Birther’ or ‘Birtherism.’
“4. The terms Birther and Birtherism were invented by liberal media to smear and demean Obama’s political opponents.
“5. Birtherism has had three separate and distinct prongs: (a) Was Barack Obama a ‘Natural Born Citizen” as that term is contained in the U. S. Constitution? (b) Where was Obama born? (c) Why did he refuse to release his original, ‘long form’ Hawai’i birth certificate? Both the media and the public have intermixed these separate and distinct prongs under the catch-all label of ‘Birtherism.’ But the mixture itself has created much of the confusion and controversy.
“6. Donald Trump’s accusation is that Hillary Clinton ‘created’ Birtherism. Perhaps unbeknownst to Trump, there are two potential prongs to Clinton’s involvement: (a) Did she and her operatives (always used in combination) actually ‘create’ doubts about Obama’s origins? (b) Did Clinton propagate doubts about Obama’s origins during the 2008 campaign and thus ‘create’ the matter on a national scale?
“Did Clinton create the original Birtherism? Clearly not. Did her operatives help propagate existing public doubts about Obama and thus ‘create’ the national controversy by seeking to inject the doubts into the mainstream? Clearly she did.
“It is by now undisputed (please see link #2 below) that Clinton’s operatives, including one of her closest associates, Sid Blumenthal, sought to ‘sell’ stories about Obama’s questionable origins to the media during the 2008 presidential campaign.
“When Trump conflates spreading rumors about Obama with creating those rumors about Obama he is clearly mistaken. Clinton created the efforts to spread the rumors but she did not literally ‘create’ them. We need to maintain this distinction because of current media lies that Clinton did not ‘create’ the rumors when she was actually peddling the lies and ‘creating’ doubts in the mainstream media. The term ‘creation’ is mistakenly being used to describe two distinct activities. She clearly helped create the doubts in the national conversation.
“7. The greatest source of Birtherism and Birther confusion was Obama himself: (a) Obama never disavowed repeated claims in Kenya that he was born there; he easily could have and should have done so. (b) Obama used false narratives such as the existence of a ‘granny’ that was not his grandmother to confuse media and later conservative critics, until he later became caught up in his own lies; (c) Repeated claims by Michele and Obama that Kenya was ‘home’ were a wink and a nod to provoke Birther claims; (d) Obama falsely tried to claim that a ‘certificate of live birth’ he released in 2008 was in fact a copy of his original ‘birth certificate’ when that obviously was not true. (e) Obama made no effort to authorize release of or access to his actual birth certificate when it was obvious the lack of transparency was undermining his candidacy. BHO wanted to pretend he had an ordinary family history when clearly he did not.
“Obama’s tactics and theatrics have backfired on him and continue to fuel doubts however unfairly so. In the totality of the Birther controversy, the confusion was initially created and then repeatedly aided and abetted by Obama himself.
“8. My own role in Obama’s history began in 2004 and continues to this date. In August, 2004 I wrote the original exposition detailing Obama’s lies, please see link #3 below. My research in Illinois and Hawai’i generated considerable attention (please see link #4 below). Amazingly, although I was acting with only Obama’s lies as a starting point in 2004, all of my disclosures/accusations turned out to be correct or substantially correct.
“8. Donald Trump’s role has been to focus attention on the Obama story. Trump used his prominence as an NBC TV personality to raise doubts about Obama. Trump’s effort probably started out as an audience-building exercise in his mind, and not as a political attack, which is why he lied about sending ‘investigators’ to Hawai’i when that was clearly untrue.
“But Trump rattled Obama in a way that earlier critics such as myself had not. Trump had ‘network’ visibility, we did not. What was a dead issue by 2011 was revived by Trump. The issue has been disinterred once again in 2016.
“To give Trump some credit, it is clear that the distraction he created in 2011 ultimately forced BHO to release his long form certificate. Without Trump, there would have been no release of a birth certificate in 2011. That is undeniable.
“So why does the Birther controversy endure in the public’s mind?
“Neither I nor anyone else has apparently seen the actual, original Obama certificate, the typewritten version. That is why Obama continues to fuel doubts about his origins. Starting in 2007 Hawai’i officials have been totally uncooperative. The original birth certificate is clearly a historical document. Obama is a historical figure, love him or hate him. Most states would proudly display the document and, if needed, ask permission to do so. Instead, Hawai’i officials have actively fostered suspicions about the Obama certificate by refusing to permit any access to the original record.
“Hawai’i has done everything possible to obstruct access to the original. The original birth certificate has never been displayed and never been seen by anyone outside Obama’s circle. That is why a smattering of legitimate doubt exists. So while the libel media establishment ridicules doubts about BHO’s origins, these doubts among ordinary Americans will persist until the actual document itself is made public and placed on display.
“Efforts by liberal media to ridicule Americans who harbor these doubts have only exacerbated those doubts and helped energize Trump’s rise.
“As is so often the case with Mr. Trump, he had a legitimate argument to make (display the original to allay public doubts) but he refused to do the research and analysis to present a reasonable argument. Instead he made accusations which did not clearly delineate the information he was trying to waas Born in Haa’I but I wiuld stilllike to see theoriginal BG disoplaed and examienit for m present in 2011.
“The Bottom line:
“For myself, I have never doubted that Obama was born in Hawai’i.
“The original birth certificate has never been seen or displayed in public as a historical document, which is why doubts persist. Obama released a copy of the original in 2011.
“Hillary Clinton did not literally ‘create’ Birtherism. To the extent anyone can claim to have done so, I did. My Hawai’i lawsuit in 2008 seeking access to Obama’s original document created a firestorm of controversy, and interest, in just what Obama’s original document contained.
But Clinton and her operatives clearly tried in 2008 to fuel the Birther controversy by trying to focus media attention on Obama’s place of birth. Clinton’s Birther efforts clearly ‘created’ fuel for the fire. She mainstreamed the controversy, sotto voce. So Trump is partially wrong and partially right. Clinton does not have clean hands.
“The liberal media’s attempt to now label as ‘lies’ Trump’s claims about Clinton’s efforts through Blumenthal and others to ‘create’ doubts about Obama’s birthplace are despicable and nothing more than word play. The media are only fostering further suspicion about the media’s own corrupt loyalties.
“Clinton did not ‘create’ the doubts about Obama. But she clearly sought in 2008 to use existing concern about his origins to ‘create doubts’ about his legitimacy as a potential president. Obama knows that, which is why he has a problematic relationship with Clinton.
“To the extent she was a presidential candidate, Clinton’s credibility was used to ‘create’ those doubts about Obama’s birth in the mainstream media. It is not a ‘lie’ to make that claim. Trump is 50% correct.
“This should be The Last Birther News Conference. But it probably won’t be,” says Andy. “Obama added new fuel to the fire Saturday night. I have previously stated that both Obama and Clinton have been grievously wrong in believing the Birther controversy helps them. It harmed Obama, and it has harmed the nation, and it will not help Clinton during the presidential election.”
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