CNN’s Brian Todd gets the “birther” issue wrong again (video/text)

August 5, 2010

Birth certificate posts

American Morning re: the new (one question) CNN birther poll (D-I-R breakdown)

KIRAN CHETRY: Well despite all the proof disputing their theory, there’s a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll finding that a lot of Americans still believe that President Obama is not a natural-born U.S. citizen. Brian Todd is taking a look at the numbers and laying out the facts for us this morning.

Interesting how folks use the word “still” as if someone has actually produced barry’s original birth certificate vital recordS.

No sense wasting time refuting CNN’s “facts”. They still can’t get the name of the non-document correct, they still think Gov Lingle actually did something to confirm barry’s birth (she didn’t), and they still think Hawaii has released a copy of barry’s birth certificate. They have not. All Hawaii has released concerning barry’s birth certificate are Dr Fukino’s 2 statements (1 & 2). And in neither one was there a copy of his birth certificate. Dr Fukino herself said – whether she meant to or not – that barry’s original birth certificate was not enough/

Brian Todd

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Transcript follows

KIRAN CHETRY: Well despite all the proof disputing their theory, there’s a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll finding that a lot of Americans still believe that President Obama is not a natural-born U.S. citizen. Brian Todd is taking a look at the numbers and laying out the facts for us this morning.

BRIAN TODD, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): There’s no credible dispute. Officials in Hawaii released a copy of President Obama’s birth certificate. It was authenticated by the state’s Republican governor. A Honolulu hospital posted newspaper announcements of his birth. CNN and other news outlets have thoroughly debunked the rumors.

And the White House has squarely addressed those who doubt Mr. Obama was born in the U.S.

ROBERT GIBBS, WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY: I have news for them and for all of us: the president was born in Honolulu, Hawaii.

[And when asked point blank what the name of the hospital was – Gibbs said he didn’t know.]

TODD: But despite the overwhelming evidence, a quarter of Americans remain skeptical. A new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll shows 11 percent saying President Obama was definitely not born in the U.S. Another 16 percent saying he probably wasn’t.

Does that mean a significant new core group of Americans believes he’s not eligible to be president? CNN polling director Keating Holland doesn’t think so. He says those who think Mr. Obama probably wasn’t born in America are not so committed.

[This man thinks he knows who “birthers” are when he doesn’t understand when he doesn’t understand the crux of the “birther” question]

KEATING HOLLAND, CNN POLLING DIRECTOR: They’re probably not Obama fans. It’s conceivable that they might wind up voting for Obama. It’s conceivable that they might end up voting for other Democrats as well.

TODD: But Holland says those on the fence are listening to right wing commentators like Rush Limbaugh, who fueled the fire just this week on his radio show.

RUSH LIMBAUGH, RADIO HOST: They tell us August 4th is the birthday. We haven’t seen any proof of that!

TODD: I asked political analyst Stu Rothenberg what happens if those tepid doubters stay tilted against believing in the president’s American birth.

(on camera): What do they do this his chances for reelection? What does it mean for him from 30,000 feet?

[Keep in mind – when the raw numbers are looked at, the same amount of Inds as Reps think barry was “probably” or “definitely born in another country”. barry won because of Inds whom he no longer has.]

STU ROTHENBERG, POLITICAL ANALYST: Well, look, his re-election date is still a number of years away. These people didn’t support him before. They’re not going to support him again. He just needs a majority. And I think, much depends on the dynamic over the next couple of years if the Republicans take over the House.

TODD (voice-over): In their quest for that, some GOP candidates are playing political footsy with the so-called birthers, and often getting slapped down by fellow Republicans. This John McCain ad targets comments made by his primary opponent J.D. Hayward.

J.D. HAYWORTH ON THE J.D. HAYWORTH RADIO SHOW 7/15/09: And until President Obama signs his name and in fact has the records revealed, the questions will remain.

ANNOUNCER: The only difference between these people — only one is running for the U.S. Senate.

TODD (on camera): Hayworth has since backtracked on that, as have Senator David Vitter and other Republicans who have voiced solidarity with the birthers. Analysts say, while Republicans want the support of the birther movement, especially for possible primary victories in the midterms, they certainly don’t want to be identified as being part of that movement.

Brian Todd, CNN.

ROBERTS: Your vote, just don’t give your ideology.

CHETRY: Right. A little strange.

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