Joseph Farah Makes the Bizarre Claim that He Is Not a “Birther”

Posted: February 19, 2014 in bat-s**t-crazy, conspiracy, politics
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I had not opened this article until I saw that Right Wing Watch had published their own commentary on it, “Birther Leader Joseph Farah: I Am Not A Birther!” So of course, I felt the need to take a peek at his column from January 29, 2014, “Why Obama’s Eligibility Is Still Important.” The sub-title is, “Exclusive: Joseph Farah counters claims he’s a ‘hypocrite’ when it comes to Ted Cruz.”

Farah starts by defending his position that Senator Ted Cruz (a Tea Party darling) should be the next US President. Despite the fact that Ted Cruz is a Canadian citizen by birth and so he cannot legally run for President because the US Constitution forbids it. Farah laments: “Now I have seen dozens of blog postings and “news stories” about my commentary, and they all pretty much say the same thing – suggesting or outright stating that I peddled a theory that Obama was born abroad. This is patently untrue. In the hundreds of thousands of words I have written and spoken on this subject, I have never theorized Obama was born abroad.”

Looking through this blog’s archive, I can’t find a good example of this from Farah himself, but I’m selective in my entries and I’ve only been writing it for a few months. WND has published several by other authors that I have commented on. Fortunately RWW links to several examples. The second link is to a November 21, 2008, article where Farah talks about how he’s “dispatched senior staff reporter Jerome Corsi” to Hawai’i and Kenya to investigate, and hired a bunch of PIs, and started a petition.”

The first they link to is from November 26, 2008, soon after the election. It was entitled, “Where Was Obama Born?” Here’s a paragraph from it:

If, as some evidence strongly suggests, including the testimony of two Obama relatives to WND senior staff writer Jerome Corsi who say they were present when he was born in Mombasa, Kenya, in 1961, he was born abroad and merely registered in Hawaii, that would slam-dunk disqualify him from serving – unless, like John McCain, both his parents were U.S. citizens. Since Obama’s autobiography also states that his mother was a minor and his father a citizen of Kenya, only the production of actual hospital records on a long-form birth certificate can provide the necessary information.

Or there’s “The ABCs of Eligibility,” from 2009, where Farah explicitly states:

Question: What are the most compelling facts that make you skeptical of Obama’s birth story?

Answer: The only living person who claims publicly to have been present at Obama’s birth is his paternal grandmother, Sarah Obama, who says the birth took place in Mombasa, Kenya. Obama’s unwillingness to show the long-form birth certificate after all this time, dozens of lawsuits, a great deal of expense and a growing controversy, strongly suggests he is hiding something. The hysteria emanating from Obama’s acolytes strongly suggests this issue has hit a raw nerve. Why won’t a birth hospital in Hawaii come forward to verify the historic event – the birth of the baby who would become the first black president? Why the secrecy even after Obama wrote a public letter to the hospital claiming to have been born there?

And yet, Farah has the gall to claim in his latest: “In the hundreds of thousands of words I have written and spoken on this subject, I have never theorized Obama was born abroad.” I call bull.

Now fast-forward and go back to January 15, 2014, and Farah’s commentary entitled, “Meet ‘The New Birthers.’” In it, Farah explicitly states that he doesn’t care about Cruz’s eligibility:

So if anyone has the right and the duty to weigh in on Ted Cruz’s eligibility, it’s me – even though no one is asking.

My answer is, “I don’t care.”

I don’t care because the Constitution was not written and ratified to be applied to some and not others. If no one cared about Obama’s questionable eligibility, despite his shocking lack of transparency and thin paper trail, then they have no business questioning Ted Cruz – who has released his birth certificate, renounced his Canadian citizenship and upheld every provision of the Constitution to the best of his ability throughout his life.

I suppose you, the reader, should make up your own mind. So long as it’s informed with all the facts and all the relevant statements. I, personally, think that calling Joseph Farah a “hypocrite” over this issue is putting it kindly, but it’s still more than sufficient to explain things, and his defense against the term is laughable and hollow.

  1. Christopher Adcock says:

    Unless you’re saying he’s French, that’s “gall,” not “gaul.”

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