Shockingly, Birthers Lack Some Correct Information

Reporting on Politics and Policy.
Feb. 14 2011 10:31 AM

Shockingly, Birthers Lack Some Correct Information

Andy Barr writes up the story I've been trying to avoid, for the same reason Michael Corleone tried to avoid involving his family in new criminal activity until the assassination attempt in Atlantic City* -- the persistence of birtherism in state legislatures.

"We don’t think the president was vetted, and it’s just that simple," Texas GOP state Rep. Leo Berman said, adding that he doesn’t know whether Obama is "a citizen or not" but that he believes the question has not been fully examined. 

"I read different things that say he was born in Hawaii, and then I read the governor can’t find anything that says he was born in Hawaii," Berman added. "Why the president won’t show a birth certificate is beyond me."

Advertisement

Here's the thing -- the governor never said that. The claim that he said it was made by reporter Mike Evans in a January radio interview, which quickly spread around the Internet. (It was featured prominently at WorldNetDaily.) Pressed for details one week later , he admitted that he made the story up.

"Only this I can you tell you is 100 percent fact: that Neil never told me there was no birth certificate," Evans told Fox News. "I never talked to him."

This was three weeks ago. So, the legislator who will probably get the Texas House to pass "birther bill," requiring extra proof of citizenship for presidential candidates, is not even doing diligence on the facts of Obama's birth in Hawaii.

*maybe not the exact same reason

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. 

TODAY IN SLATE

Frame Game

Hard Knocks

I was hit by a teacher in an East Texas public school. It taught me nothing.

Chief Justice John Roberts Says $1,000 Can’t Buy Influence in Congress. Looks Like He’s Wrong.

After This Merger, One Company Could Control One-Third of the Planet's Beer Sales

Hidden Messages in Corporate Logos

If You’re Outraged by the NFL, Follow This Satirical Blowhard on Twitter

Sports Nut

Giving Up on Goodell

How the NFL lost the trust of its most loyal reporters.

How Can We Investigate Potential Dangers of Fracking Without Being Alarmist?

My Year as an Abortion Doula       

  News & Politics
Weigel
Sept. 15 2014 8:56 PM The Benghazi Whistleblower Who Might Have Revealed a Massive Scandal on his Poetry Blog
  Business
Moneybox
Sept. 15 2014 7:27 PM Could IUDs Be the Next Great Weapon in the Battle Against Poverty?
  Life
Outward
Sept. 15 2014 4:38 PM What Is Straight Ice Cream?
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 15 2014 3:31 PM My Year As an Abortion Doula
  Slate Plus
Tv Club
Sept. 15 2014 11:38 AM The Slate Doctor Who Podcast: Episode 4  A spoiler-filled discussion of "Listen."
  Arts
Brow Beat
Sept. 15 2014 8:58 PM Lorde Does an Excellent Cover of Kanye West’s “Flashing Lights”
  Technology
Future Tense
Sept. 15 2014 4:49 PM Cheetah Robot Is Now Wireless and Gallivanting on MIT’s Campus
  Health & Science
Bad Astronomy
Sept. 15 2014 11:00 AM The Comet and the Cosmic Beehive
  Sports
Sports Nut
Sept. 15 2014 9:05 PM Giving Up on Goodell How the NFL lost the trust of its most loyal reporters.