In the Age of Fake, even the stupidity is fake. Ben Smith, in his coverage of Donald Trump has crossed the line (once again) from fake stupidity to outright lies. Ben Smith knows better but he is lying to his readers and Politico is complicit in Ben Smith’s lies.
This is what Ben Smith wrote about Donald Trump’s demand for the Barack Obama birth certificate (note what Ben Smith writes at the end):
” I asked longtime Donald Trump advisor Roger Stone, who is working on the unofficial “Draft Trump” effort, rather than the attempts at an official campaign, why Trump would embrace discredited theories about Obama’s birth.
Stone emails with five reasons:
1) He believes he is raising a legitimate question. If there is nothing wrong why doesn’t the Prez simply release his birth certificate?
2) Notice Trump makes no allegation— he is merely asking a question.
3) A solid plurality of Republican primary voters AGREE with Trump. In a split field with 5-6 candidates they are a significant group
4) Personally I think it is brilliant. It’s base building. It gives voice to a concern shared by many on the right.
5) The media immediately tries to marginalize any one who raises questions about the lack of proof that Obama was born in the US.
No other potential candidate hasdared to speak up on the issue—-politics abhors a vacuum. Trump’s poll ratings in the Republican primaries will go UP.
As I wrote earlier, an official copy of Obama’s birth certificate — the same thing Trump would have to prove his own birth — has been available and online for more than three years.“
Ben Smith knows what he wrote is a lie. There is NO “official copy of Obama’s birth certificate… available and online for more than three years.” Ben Smith knows this is all a lie. Ben Smith knows and understand the difference between a birth certificate and a certificate of live birth. Ben Smith knows but Ben Smith lies.
Ben Smith lies to Politico readers and pretends he does not know the difference between a genuine source document Birth Certificate, the one the “Birthers” are demanding, and the Certificate of Live Birth. Ben Smith knows the distinctions and differences between the source document and others – we know this because this is how Ben Smith attacked Donald Trump and protected Barack Obama:
“Trump peddles 2007 edition of conspiracy theory
There’s really no excuse for this:
They give you a certificate of live birth which anybody can get. Just walk into the hospital. This guy either has a birth certificate or he doesn’t. I didn’t think it was such a big deal, but I will tell you, it is turning out to be a very big deal. People are calling me from all over saying please don’t give up on this issue. If you weren’t born in this country, you cannot be President. You have no doctors that remember, you have no nurses — this is the President of the United States — that remember. Why can’t he produce a birth certificate? I brought it up just routinely, and all of a sudden, a lot of facts are emerging and I’m starting to wonder myself whether he was born in this country?”
As dozens of reporters looked into, and wrote, in 2007, Hawaii (like Trump’s native New York) will give natives a copy of their birth certificates on request. Obama gave it to the press back then. Here’s a picture.
Trump isn’t even up to date on his Birther lunacy, which now revolves around tortured explanations of the totally conclusive birth announcements and demands for the original, hand-written birth certificate, which isn’t what you get from the Department of Health in New York either.
UPDATE: Trump has now released the handwritten original, not the official copy; this doesn’t change the story much, as the Hawaii Department of Health — whose rules have prevented the release of the original — has validated it any number of times.”
Ben Smith lies when he writes that it is the Hawaii Department of Health “whose rules have prevented the release of the original” – no Barack Obama can request and release his birth certificate at any time. Ben Smith knows Barack Obama has fought in court repeatedly to prevent the release of his birth certificate.
Ben Smith linked to the Certificate of Live Birth pictures and nonsense from the fake FactCheck. Both FactCheck and Ben Smith pretend they are stupid and that a Certificate of Live Birth is a Birth Certificate. They are lying to protect Barack Obama. They pretend to be stupid and not understand the difference – when it comes to Barack Obama. But as to Donald Trump the understand the distinctions and smear and slime the “Donald” (again, not a favorite of ours).
What do they think they're doing?
I'm no Donald Trump devotee but I don't hate the man. I also know a thing about him -- he doesn't back down. And if you try to force him to back down, he comes back harder. I've watched many an idiot walk into the board room on The Apprentice thinking they were going to get the best of Trump and it doesn't go down that way.
You're not going to shame him into silence, you're not going to intimidate him.
And if you got all of America to believe he was crazy, it would just be "eccentric Donald." They wouldn't turn on him.
I have no idea what the idiots in the press are doing going after Trump. It's a huge mistake because if they truly believe there's no there "there," they need to leave it alone. And when people see Donald Trump attacked, they don't think, "Oh, shut up, Donald!" They think, "Rip them apart, Trump! Rip them apart."
Barack and his Libyan War? Go to this NPR page and check out Jon Stewart's bit on it from The Daily Show.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):