Death Of The Birthers?

1 comment July 27th, 2009at 07:52pm Posted by Eli

Eric Boehlert thinks Lou Dobbs may have fatally overplayed his hand and doomed the “birther” movement:

[T]here was some good news last week, and it came from watching Dobbs’ slow motion train wreck unfold on the airwaves. It came from seeing how eagerly — how convincingly — the birther claims were debunked, not only online by progressives, but within the mainstream press as well — the same mainstream press that’s often reluctant to show up high-profile media players such as Dobbs, no matter how badly it has botched the facts. And let’s not forget conservatives, who dismissed and ridiculed the birther claims.

In the case of the birthers, though, Dobbs’ corporate media colleagues were utterly relentless in their fact-checking. I still don’t think Dobbs knows what hit him. And frankly, I’m not sure I’ve ever seen such a well-deserved media pile-on. It’s hard to see how Dobbs’ career survives the humiliation.


[T]he birthers, who had spent months lurking on the sidelines, needed to be called out on national TV; they needed to be ridiculed mercilessly and have their cheerleaders thoroughly mocked. They needed to be turned into the butt of a joke, and thanks to Lou Dobbs, last week they were.


Indeed, the rhetorical media beat down that Dobbs suffered seemed to reach every conceivable media forum, with reporters and pundits, anchors and TV hosts all lining up to smack the birther piñata Dobbs had so proudly hung.


Have you noticed Limbaugh’s deafening silence about the birthers since July 20th? Have you noticed how the birther movement was in the news virtually every day last week, how the mainstream press was debunking it and calling out the right-wing nonsense, how NBC’s Nightly News referred to Limbaugh in its birther report, yet Limbaugh remained mum? Rather than step forward in his natural role as a birther defender and attacker of all-things Obama, Limbaugh has sat out the birther controversy and watched its members get mowed down in the press.

Limbaugh’s scared to talk about the birthers and won’t defend them because he has seen how Dobbs and the movement got manhandled by the press — including by conservative commentators. In fact, Limbaugh himself took some friendly fire from Philip Klein at the far-right American Spectator who, under the headline, “Shame on Rush,” announced: “To any sane human being, there is no controversy.”

When your crazy racist conspiracy theory is too discredited even for Rush Limbaugh, it’s probably over.  Oh, and looky here – the House bill to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Hawaii’s statehood and oh-by-the-way declare that “the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama, was born in Hawaii” passed unanimously.

The fat man ain’t singin’, and the fat lady is.

Entry Filed under: Media,Obama,Racism,Republicans

1 Comment

  • 1. Springfield Reformer  |  July 28th, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    Really? So what exactly does a massively defensive, irrational, reactionary response to a pesky minority making a legitimate inquiry into constitutional creds really mean? That a nerve has been struck. It’s like that scene from the old Star Trek, where Spock jolts the giant amoeba, just to let Kirk know he’s still in there doing his job. Trust me. The amoeba is toast. Look, when the anti-birthers actually come up with something better than the race card, or weak-kneed appeals to state authority, or secondary abstracts of partial birth data, then maybe the birthers will really go away. I know I will. I don’t want this problem. I just want to enjoy my grandchildren in my sunset years. But O has brought this on himself. His defensiveness makes it obvious there is something on that long form certificate he does not want the world to know, and that just makes reasonable people curious as can be. If you want to taint it with race, or insanity, or any of a dozen other excuses for not providing the raw data of his birth and childhood, that says more about you than it does about the birthers. Sorry times we live in …

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