Attending the Tea Party Convention in Nashville this weekend, The Washington Independent’s always-excellent David Weigel recounts an extraordinary hallway confrontation between online publisher Andrew Breitbart and WorldNetDaily Editor-in-Chief Joseph Farah over the question of President Obama’s citizenship. (Here’s the video of his speech, courtesy of C-SPAN. It follows Angela McGlowan’s pep talk, starting at the 12.10 mark.)

During his speech, Farah said he hoped that Mr. Obama would not be able to go into any city without seeing signs asking about his bith certificate. “It’s a simple question but it hasn’t been answered,” he said, adding that “it’s one of the most important questions that we can be asking.”

Following the speech, Farah was cornered by Weigel, who informed him that Breitbart had dismissed the birther argument as a losing political argument. When Breitbart later walked by, Farah insisted that it was “a winning issue.” (You can read the entire article but I want to reproduce this verbatim snippet.)

“It’s not a winning issue.”

“It is! It becomes even more of a winning issue when the press abrogates its responsibility–”

“You don’t recognize it as a fundamentally controversial issue that forces a unified group of people to have to break into different parts? It is a schism of the highest order.”

“Nothing exposes the president’s–”

“Then prove it!”

Read the Full article at: http://www.cbsnews.com/blogs/2010/02/06/blogs/coopscorner/entry6180845.shtml

Note from JAMES: I have come to believe that the Obama birth certificate has been allowed to fester at the encouragement of the likes of Axelrod, who see it as a means of labelling opponenets of Obama and his policies (i.e birthers). Obama’s subtle reference to it at the National Prayer Breakfast underscores that. It has become more about the lack of integrity in Obama’s words and in Journalists, than in the actual birth certificate itself.

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