MEDIA, NOT BOEHNER, ARE “TONGUE-TIED” ON OBAMA’S PERSONAL HISTORY
By Cliff Kincaid
February 17, 2011
Following the lead of David Gregory of NBC News, who wants Republican House Speaker John Boehner to publicly defend the legitimacy of the Obama presidency, the Los Angeles Times has now editorialized that Boehner ought to make it his business to rebut charges that Obama is a foreign-born Muslim.
With the Los Angeles Times joining the chorus, it appears that the left-wing media are trying to get the House Republican leadership to pull Obama out of the quicksand he finds himself in, as doubts and questions keep mounting about his personal history. The media strategy seems to be to paint GOP House leaders as crazies if they don’t condemn the “birthers” questioning Obama’s legitimacy as President.
It is almost as if the media are trying to prevent the House Republican majority from conducting a serious investigation into the circumstances of Obama’s birth.
The LA Times said in an editorial, “In an interview on NBC’s ‘Meet the Press,’ Boehner was willing to concede that he believes Obama is both a native-born citizen and a Christian. But, the speaker said, that was because ‘I’ll take him at his word,’ as if Obama’s assurances were the only corroboration of his citizenship and his religion.”
The paper went on, “In fact, a ‘certificate of live birth’ establishes that he was born in Hawaii. As for his religion, Obama’s involvement with a Chicago church is well documented.” The editorial was titled, “The tongue-tied speaker.”