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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Farah vs. Coulter: The "Non-Issue" Everyone Is Talking About

By Rick Pearcey • July 29, 2009, 10:54 AM

That non-issue, writes Joseph Farah at WorldNetDaily, is whether Barack Obama "has established his constitutional eligibility for office."

Among those who think the eligibility question is a non-issue is my former colleague at Human Events Ann Coulter, who recently compared "Obama birthers" to Klanners.

WorldNetDaily has been on top of this story for some months, so it's no surprise that Coulter's comments have elicted a response from CEO and editor Farah. He writes: 

I like Ann Coulter. I consider her a good friend. But when she starts hurling labels like "crank" toward me and my news agency -- the only one, by the way, that has thoughtfully, meticulously and thoroughly investigated this matter for 11 months -- I take offense.

I expect what I get from the others. When the facts finally come out -- and they will -- I doubt I will get an apology from any of them except Coulter.

But clearly, this is not a left-right issue. This is not a conservative-liberal issue. This is not a Democrat-Republican issue. This is not an ideological issue. This is a matter of what's true and what's not. It's a matter as simple as whether we take the Constitution seriously and do our best to see that it is honored and observed and defended.

When Ann Coulter suggests this matter was investigated by all the conservative publications, like Human Events, American Spectator and something called the Sweetness & Light Blog, I have to laugh. WND does more investigative reporting in one day than any of these ideologically driven punditry journals do in a year.

Three comments: 

1. Skepticism is a good thing. Test everything. Including government and smiling politicans (and journalists, scientists, theologians, etc). Would that journalists today were more skeptical and curious -- with a commitment to factualness, fairness, and balance across the board.

2. Let Obama produce the documentary proof. If he has proof of citizenship, let him produce it. Give it to that Crowley fellow when they meet at the White House to drink beer with Gates. Collect the $100,000 reward.

3. It's fine for Coulter and others to challenge WND and the "birthers" (Birthers? what a silly attempt at applying peer pressure). The challenges will work better if they are based on solid reporting instead of White House sneers or concerns about how Democrats might be using the issue.   

Here's the entire story from Farah at WND.

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