Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Fox News Hannity: Second highest rated show on primetime cable news revives birther/Obama foreigner conspiracy theory

According to Wayne Allyn Root, former 2008 Libertarian VP candidate, President Barack Obama must have been a foreign exchange student, because Root remembers everyone who went to Columbia. Except for Obama, who Root also figures, must have been lurking around campus with all the other foreigners occuppying his time "smoking pot and attending socialist meetings." This is a truly bizarre segment, hosted by Sean Hannity, who has the second highest rated show on cable primetime news. Crooksandliars:
Sean Hannity, always the shrinking violet concern troll, is never the birther, of course. He just allows idiots with idiot theories to be softball interviewed on his show to sound the dog whistles, which will then be echoed by the likes of Breitbart, Glenn Beck, and the Fox morning crew.
But this one is particularly stupid. Even the dumbest Fox viewer ought to be scratching their head over this one. Wayne Allyn Root has been pimping his story for a very long time on sites like World Net Daily and more recently, Glenn Beck's The Blaze. It goes like this: Root went to Columbia at the same time that Barack Obama went to Columbia but Root has no recollection of Obama, therefore, Barack Obama must have been a foreign exchange student.
Root's story is so weak even is embarrassed by it (and him):

Former Libertarian Party vice presidential candidate and current Libertarian National Campaign Committee Chair Wayne Allyn Root is why libertarians can't have nice things. Case in point: Root's latest column at Glenn Beck's The Blaze.
Let me sum it up for you: Mitt Romney should offer to release more tax returns only if Obama will release his college transcripts. This will take the pressure off Romney, and put the scrutiny back on Obama, except that Obama will never release his transcripts because he pretended to be from another country to get loans and then seldom went to classes at Columbia and got poor grades. Wayne Allyn Root knows all this because he also graduated from Columbia in 1983 and doesn't remember seeing any black people "Barry Soetoro."
This awful, weird, conspiratorial column, just linked by Matt Drudge, will probably be the most widely read thing Root has ever written. Its existence is a tragedy for Libertarians and libertarians.
And here is why we should believe Root, according to Root:
I am President Obama’s classmate at Columbia University, Class of ’83. I am also one of the most accurate Las Vegas oddsmakers and prognosticators. Accurate enough that I was awarded my own star on the Las Vegas Walk of Stars. And I smell something rotten in Denmark. Obama has a big skeleton in his closet. It’s his college records. Call it “gut instinct” but my gut is almost always right. Obama has a secret hidden at Columbia- and it’s a bad one that threatens to bring down his presidency. Gut instinct is how I’ve made my living for 29 years since graduating Columbia.
In other words, believe me because my gut tells me something's rotten in Denmark. Never mind David Maraniss' thoroughly researched biography which includes many interviews with classmates at Columbia, not to mention the old girlfriends, the letters, and the soul-searching.
Below is a video I made in the summer of 2008, and includes Wayne Allyn Root, who was running for the Libertarian Party's Presidential nomination. Turns out, he was saying silly things back then, too.

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