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Joseph Farah contradicts his own World Net Daily info on birthers to win the Media Putz

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Originally published on MediaPutz.com on January 8, 2009

Joseph Farah

Few people know who Joseph Farah is, but they do know his Web site, World Net Daily.

Right-wing Web sites can go off on obscure tangents, and within that world, World Net Daily stands out. The good news for Farah is that he is stepping out more into the public eye. The bad news is it happens when he opens mouth and inserts foot.

In Farah’s December 20 column on World Net Daily, he notes that a number of people:

“all eagerly attributing to WND a definitive finding that Barack Hussein Obama’s website displays an actual copy of his birth certificate – so the whole controversy about whether or not he is a “natural born citizen,” as required by the Constitution, is a tempest in a teapot.

There’s just one problem.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

In fact, as any regular visitor would know, I don’t believe that document displayed on Obama’s website proves anything about his eligibility for office – other than the fact that he seems intent on hiding something.”

All of that sounds noble and straightforward. Unfortunately for Farah, there is this bold statement:

“A separate WND investigation into Obama’s birth certificate utilizing forgery experts also found the document to be authentic.”

Where did we pull this radical statement? World Net Daily, August 23, 2008.

Now perhaps Farah doesn’t believe what his own Web site says. That would seem to be, well, logical?

But there is the logic that if you are going to run a lunatic fringe Web site, and you don’t behave like a lunatic fringe, you stand out like a sore thumb. By throwing yourself into the same realm as your material makes you normal in a sea of insanity.

The obsessive nature over the Obama birth certificate has produced a number of statements without logic or merit. And those who have been chasing this theory, including Farah, aren’t looking for the truth; they are searching for scraps of things that might fit, along the lines of having only 37 pieces in a 50-piece puzzle.

Despite the fact that Farah’s own Web site contradicts himself several months before the election, yet he still pounds home this futile point.

Farah is getting quite a bit of publicity from this malapropism. Keith Olbermann made him the Worst Person in the World. Perhaps in Farah’s world, bad publicity is better than no publicity.

The truth is no matter how or where Barack Obama was born, figures such as Joseph Farah would have some reason to find fault. But most of them don’t directly contradict their own Web site on such a matter. For going above and beyond the insanity that was the chase over Obama’s natural-born citizenship, we award Joseph Farah the Media Putz of the week.

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Written by democracysoup

January 8, 2009 at 6:00 am

Posted in media criticism, MSM

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