Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Birtherism - The Last Laugh is on Joseph Farah

Have you seen my bag of spin?

"Nevertheless, even Obama has moments of candor. Like the time he said: "The only people who don't want to disclose the truth are the people with something to hide."

But remember what they say, "He who laughs last laughs best."

I intend to have the last laugh at Obama's expense – and the expense of all his friends and admirers in the Washington press establishment."

That was Joseph "Mr. Mustache" Farah, publisher of World Net Daily, back in March. Farah, possibly agitated that World Net Daily doesn't get invited into the Gridiron Club (the cost of iconoclasm?) went on a tear about how the President used the occasion to launch some well-deserved laughs at the Birthers.

The editorial isn't too remarkable, far as Farah's near-constant beating of the Birther drum goes. It goes on to repeat the lie about Barack Obama not handing over a Birth Certificate, and makes far too much hay about what on earth might be hiding on the "real" one.

But it was the final shot, repeated up at the top of this missive, which made me pay special attention to this one.

Joseph Farah must not have read a lot of superhero comics as a kid. You never, ever, EVER publicly swear to have the last laugh on your arch-nemesis. Because when he turns the tables, and you're sitting in jail for failing to conquer the world with a radioactive turnip, you would not believe how ridiculous you will look.

Which brings us to today.

Unless you've been hiding under a rock for the last 24 hours, you would know that -- after a week in which CNN viciously took most of the big Birther myths behind the toolshed for a good whipping -- President Obama finally decided that enough was enough. After years of being henpecked by a literal legion of flakes, failed activists, legal ignoramuses, convicted forgers, anonymous non-experts, conspiracy-pushers, would-be Presidents, and at least one crusading publisher (that's Joey), released the one thing that all these people have been asking to see, denying the existence of, or faking a Kenyan clone of.

The big bad original Birth Certificate that the COLB is based on can now be viewed. Note where it says he was born, and has a doctor's signature. Also note how it says nothing about him being a Muslim, or being adopted by his wife's second husband, or being born anywhere outside of the United States of America.

Note how many people should be feeling really, really small right about now. In particular, every single person who ever "produced" one of those Kenyan birth certificates, or vouched for the authenticity of one, needs to step off.

(Most of them were anonymous internet presences, anyway, but it's the principle of the thing.)

One person who is not feeling the least bit small is out good friend of the large hair, Donald Trump. He's very happily taking credit for the entire thing, He even thinks he did America a great service, rather than making us look like a laughing stock.

Maybe he actually does deserve some credit. Before he started beating the dead horse into sub-atomic glue the noise machine had largely been reduced to pathetic warblings from our friend Orly Taitz, the occasional yawp from Andy Martin, and, of course, the drum drum drum from Whirled Nut Daily.

Then Trump starts asking the question, and the news decides it IS news, and what was a laugh line at the Gridiron became a genuine distraction for the Commander in Chief.

But what about our friend, Joseph Farah, and his standing in all of this? He finally got a Birth Certificate, and it confirms NOTHING of what he suspected all along. Does he feel shamed? Embarrassed? Does he feel the overwhelming need to crawl under a rock?

Hell no. He feels like he just won a trip to Disneyland.

Joseph Farah, editor and chief executive officer of WND, the only news agency that has waged a relentless investigative campaign on questions swirling around the Obama’s eligibility for nearly three years, was elated at the turn of events.

"We're gratified that our work has begun to pay off," he said. "The certificate of live birth is an absolutely vital foundation for determining constitutional eligibility of any president. We look forward to reviewing it like so many other Americans do at this late date. But it is important to remember there are still dozens of other questions concerning this question of eligibility that need to be resolved to assure what has become a very skeptical public concerning Barack Obama’s parentage, his adoption, his citizenship status throughout his life and why he continues to cultivate a culture of secrecy around his life."

And, in another story:

In an interview with The Washington Post, publisher Joseph Farah said that he “fully expected this to happen” and takes credit for Obama releasing his birth certificate. “I’m delighted! I’m triumphant!”

“There were two pressure points,” Farah said. “This book and its success, and Trump’s big megaphone. Those two things raised the stakes for Obama. He had to do something.”

Oh yeah, that book. That would be Jerome “Swiftboat / Obamanation” Corsi’s “Where’s the Birth Certificate?” Due out in May, courtesy of, you guessed it, World Net Daily.

The book that, thanks to a leak of info (possibly direct from WND, itself) onto the Drudge Report, is doing really well on Amazon.

A book that, in light of what we now know to be true, is obviously not worth the paper it’s going to be printed on, if all it has going for it is even more asinine speculation and conspiracy-mongering about our President and his birthplace.

So how's Corsi handling this turn of events?

As for the book, Farah said there were no plans to update it before it release next month.


Farah, who spoke with Corsi earlier today, said the author’s reaction was “just like I expected.”

“He is deeply suspicious of the authenticity of this document,” Farah said, “and believes that we shouldn’t jump to conclusion about it.”

Because you know, the whole state of Hawai'i is going to stand for massive fraud. Really.

But all that's just a side issue. What Corsi does with what will soon be the greatest, most expensive paperweight outside of last year's virus-infected laptop is a side issue. What Tim Adams does to try and rehabilitate his extremely questionable story on WND is also a side issue.

The real issue: how does Joseph Farah figure he's going to get the last laugh, now that he's been proven to have been dealing in lies and falsehoods for the last few years?

How can he countenance his having smeared Obama's Parents and Grandparents, making them complicit in some global, far-reaching scheme to take a young man born in Kenya -- or wherever -- and get him into the White House?

How can he make restitution for having cheered on legal ignoramuses like Orly Taitz in their quest to unseat a legally-elected President based on what has been proven to be a massive lie?

How can he ever make it right with former LTC Terry Lakin, who's still sitting in military prison for having disobeyed lawful orders based on misinformation that Farah helped spread?

How can he ever pay that man back for having cheered on his dereliction of duty, based on what turned out to be a bloody falsehood?

How can he look America, and his readers, in the eyes with a straight face and say he was just following good journalistic impulses? How can he claim to have been working for truth and justice -- the cornerstones of good journalism -- when he's been up to his waders in lies and injustice?

How is he going to go forward when his own words keep dragging him back?

It is clear from his writings on the subject that Joseph Farah would now like to move the goalposts to the next logical conclusion: now that we know his father was an African national, is Obama actually an NBC? But that way lies a lot of cockamamie legal opinion from a few people who don't understand how America's laws work in regards to dual citizens, or those born here from non-citizens. Everyone else knows how it works, and it's not what Farah and his cronies envision.

Not in the slightest.

If Joseph Farah had any decency, whatsoever, he would stop, right now. He would apologize to the President for having dragged his name through the mud for no reasons whatsoever. He would make restitution, possibly by taking a long sabbatical from WND, and maybe working as a normal beat reporter somewhere to regain his understanding of what good and decent journalism actually is.

He would STFU about this Birther thing, already, and attack Obama for legitimate policy beefs. Or at least go back to libeling Bill Clinton, or Muslims, or something like that.

But as we've seen, "Farah" and "Decency" go together like orange juice and motor oil.

The last laugh has been had, Mr. Farah. It was on you. Try and understand that.


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