That's the story, according to Lily Gordon, reporting for the Ledger-Enquirer, based in Columbus, Ga. She writes:
U.S. Army Maj. Stefan Frederick Cook, set to deploy to Afghanistan, says he shouldn’t have to go.
Barack Obama was never eligible to be president because he wasn’t born in the United States.Actually, Obama was born in Hawaii in 1961, two years after it became a state.
Cook’s lawyer, Orly Taitz, who has also challenged the legitimacy of Obama’s presidency in other courts, filed a request last week in federal court seeking a temporary restraining order and status as a conscientious objector for his client.
In the 20-page document — filed July 8 with the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia — the California-based Taitz asks the court to consider granting his client’s request based upon Cook’s belief that Obama is not a natural-born citizen of the United States and is therefore ineligible to serve as commander-in-chief of the U.S. Armed Forces.
This story would be stronger, and a better community service to its readers, if it demonstrated an awareness that there is no little journalistic question regarding the geographical circumstances of Obama's birth.
Instead, Gordon's story asserts, without qualification: "Actually, Obama was born in Hawaii in 1961, two years after it became a state."
It's all seemingly cut-and-dried.
But reporting at WorldNetDaily raises questions:
"The Certification of Live Birth" posted online and widely touted as "Obama's birth certificate" does not in any way prove he was born in Hawaii, since the same "short-form" document is easily obtainable for children not born in Hawaii. The true "long-form" birth certificate -- which includes information like the name of the birth hospital and attending physician -- is the only document that can prove Obama was born in Hawaii, but to date he has not permitted its release for public or press scrutiny.
Where is the long-form birth certificate from Hawaii? A curious reporter or a curious newspaper might want to follow up on this.
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