Chump n. a gullible person: See if that chump will loan you some money.
-- Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions
A full year and a half after it was debunked as a complete and utter hoax, a faked AP story about President Barack Obama’s Occidental College transcript is still being posted all around the web by American conservatives as if it were credible breaking news.
Earlier this month, Lynne Stevens of the Greater Phoenix Tea Party Patriots shared the “news” with her fellow members in an extra-big double alert font:
Very quitely Obamme’s case is making it to court
AP – WASHINGTON D.C
In a move certain to fuel the debate over Obama’s qualifications for the presidency, the
group “Americans for Freedom of Information” has Released copies of
President Obama’s college transcripts from Occidental College . Released today, the
transcript school indicates that Obama, under the name Barry Soetoro,
received financial aid as a foreign student from Indonesia as an undergraduate. The
transcript was released by Occidental College…
You know the rest if you’ve been paying attention.
Oh, this has all been “Very quite” indeed. It’s been so hushed up that:
* the Associated Press has no record of ever publishing such a story
* none of the newspapers carrying Associated Press stories have any record, even on microfilm, of the supposed story
* Occidental College not only has no record of releasing Barack Obama’s transcript, but has in fact expressly denied that such a release occurred
* finally, there is no record of a case pending before the Supreme Court on the issue.
It’s either the world’s biggest coverup ever seen, encompassing educational institutions, the entire judiciary, every one of the nation’s newspapers, and every one of the nation’s libraries that archives newspapers
… or it never happened.
Lynne Stevens of the Greater Phoenix Tea Party Patriots apparently either
1) Believes in the World’s Biggest Coverup Ever,
2) Didn’t bother to stop, think, and make the simplest fact check on incendiary hoax of blazing falsehood, or
3) Doesn’t care whether something’s true or not as long as it makes Barack Obama look bad.
In any of those cases, Lynne Stevens, you’ve acted a gullible, credulous puppet, not an independent thinking citizen. You’re a chump, you’re a chump, you’re a chump, chump, chump. And not one of your fellow travelers in the Greater Phoenix Tea Party Patriots has written a word to set you straight.
Ladies and gentlemen, these are the chumps of the day! I think we can expect many more to come.
Paul Wilson explains at his Black Hole Next Door blog that he became a conservative after a neighbor borrowed some stuff of his and then had the gall to die. He also is the latest to pass on the untrue “information” on two different websites that President Barack Obama registered as a foreign student at Occidental College. The claim was debunked well over a year ago, as anyone making a simple search will find out. This alone makes Paul Wilson our Chump of the Day.
But wait, there’s more! Mr. Wilson earns our special Certificate of Unmitigated Gall for adding the following prelude to the top of the canned cut-and-paste hoax job:
This information from Occidental College was released TODAY, May 4, 2010. I checked with Snopes and it IS true. He got financial aid as a foreign student. The request for his transcript was released in compliance with an order from the Superior Court of the State of California.
You know that’s not true, right? A simple actual check of Snopes will show the opposite to be the case. But this message isn’t meant for people like you and me who actually check facts, require evidence and live in the Reality-Based Community. The message is meant for chumps.
Present ARMS! All SALUTE! Paul Wilson, Chump of the Day, with CERTIFICATE!
Le eye roll. Le sigh. (We at the non-existent Americans for Freedom of Information, being traitorous kissers of Saddam Hussein’s corpse, hold dual French and American citizenship.)
Q: When will the hoax “AP article” — falsely asserting the release of an Occidental College transcript establishing Barack Obama’s Indonesian citizenship — stop making the rounds?
A: When people start to value empirical reality more than their need to hate the President.
Today’s Chump of the Day, joszs, posts the “breaking news” that’s over a year old. His title? “Odumba Goes to Court.”
Careful, joszs. You know what they say about rubber and glue.
What kind of person could be so detached from reality that he could manage to share the “breaking news” of Barack Obama’s supposed Indonesian citizenship with his anti-Obama audience, well over a year after its thorough debunking? Who could be posting the following with sincerity in May of 2010? You know the one:
…released by Occidental College in compliance with a court order in a suit brought by the group in the Superior Court of California . The transcript shows that Obama (Soetoro) applied for financial aid and was awarded a fellowship for foreign students from the Fulbright Foundation Scholarship program. To qualify, for the scholarship, a student must claim foreign citizenship…
Why, the sort of person who claims megadoses of Vitamin D or mistletoe will eradicate cancer. The sort of person who counts Lyndon “Queen’s a Drug Smuggler” LaRouche as an authoritative source. The sort of person who really believes that in a trial starting on May 14, “THE LONG LEGGED MAC DADDY” will be tossed out of the White House.
You know, we here at the nonexistent Americans for Freedom of Information organization are not above a little hubris up here in the Astral plane of unreality. Our non-existent hearts swell with entirely imaginary pride to find that the Occidental College AP letter hoax we didn’t disseminate has been honored for its efforts…
In a move certain to fuel the debate over Obama’s qualifications for the presidency, the group “Americans for Freedom of Information” has released copies of President Obama’s college transcripts from Occidental College ..
The transcript indicates that Obama, under the name Barry Soetoro, received financial aid as a foreign student from Indonesia while an undergraduate at the school….
You know the rest, all snugly copied and pasted onto the blog called Christian American Politics late last month, continuing the conservative American habit of spreading absolutely undocumented lies about President Barack Obama.
On the same page, Christian American Politics (can I call you CAPpy for short?) cuts and pastes in another thought:
“Never trouble another for what you can do for yourself.” — Thomas Jefferson
What a nice idea Thomas Jefferson had, CAPpy. How about applying it to the task of Checking Your Facts? You silly Christian American Political goose, the whole Obama-Soetoro-Occidental “AP article” has been a known, demonstrated hoax for nearly a year now. But you won’t let little things like reality stop you from spreading other people’s lies, will you?
Of course not… and that’s what makes you our very special chump of the day!
A full year after some unknown party started circulating a hoax AP article claiming to prove that Barack Obama is none other than the Indonesian “Barry Soetoro,” and many months after the hoax was thoroughly debunked, there are still people out there who can’t resist sharing the “news story” with their friends without doing a bit of fact-checking first.
Take Kathyet, who adds the saucy comment “Let’s see how the Salami Gets out of this one !!!!” before copying and pasting the fake “AP” article we all know and love to laugh at:
VERY QUIETLY OBAMA’S CITIZENSHIP CASE REACHES THE SUPREME COURT
AP- WASHINGTON D.C. – In a move certain to fuel the debate over Obama’s qualifications for the presidency, the group “Americans for Freedom of Information” has Released copies of President Obama’s college transcripts from Occidental College . Released today, the transcript school indicates that Obama, under the name Barry
Soetoro, received financial aid as a foreign student from Indonesia…
Yes, very quietly indeed! So quietly that there in all public records no current Supreme Court case of the sort is shown to exist. So quietly that there is no public copy of Barack Obama’s Occidental College transcript from this ‘release.’ So quietly that there is no record with the Associated Press of this article ever being published!
This can only mean two things…
1) the Illuminati have further cemented their control using the proceeds of cocaine sales made jointly with the Queen of England,
2) For spreading this hoax without using her Gawd-given neurons for some independent thinking, Kathyet is our Chump of the Day.
Which is it?