Posts tagged ‘occidental’
It looks journalistic with all that fancy fonting, but the DelMarVa Observer apparently doesn’t take the trouble to check newsbanks or even Google before submitting “news stories” from the “AP” that are actually hoax e-mails.
Congratulations, DelMarVa Observer, you’re the latest venue to fall into the role of hoaxer’s chump.
It’s been three years since someone issued a hoax e-mail that claimed to be an AP article breaking the “news” that Barack Obama had been exposed as a secret foreigner whose name was really “Barry Soetoro”:
“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 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.”
Just as quickly as the e-mail started making the rounds, it was quickly and repeatedly debunked. There is no such article in the AP archives, and there is no released Occidental transcript. They can’t be documented, meaning that there is no support for the claims of the hoax “article.”
But that isn’t stopping the adherents to the Obama birth certificate conspiracy theory. Despite clear and readily available documentation that this message is a hoax (and a three year old one at that) people continue to spread it as if it were real, still-“breaking” news.
Here’s another of the groups to do so recently: Miami County Liberty of Miami County, Ohio…
It’s been nearly two months since the hoax posting at Miami County Liberty, and nobody’s bothered to check facts on the story. It’s just another “fact” being added to the pile of documents which together in their sheer volume are being counted as proof of a problem that does not exist.
Before you Save America, check the facts.
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.
We didn’t come up with the utterly untrue, false, made-up hoax proclaiming that Barack Obama somehow registered at Occidental College as “Barry Soetoro” with an Indonesian passport. We at Americans for Freedom of Information simply could not have. After all, we don’t exist as an organization. It’s very difficult for fictitious beings to impact the real. But we can watch, and we do watch with amusement from the plane of non-existence as America’s Best Christian, John Preiss, shouts “LET OTHER FOLKS KNOW THIS NEWS, THE MEDIA WON’T !” before cutting and pasting our favorite message in the whole wide world into his WordPress blog:
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 as an undergraduate…
You know the rest. This fake AP story was exposed as a hoax in the Spring of 2009, and here we are in the early days of 2010, watching the right wing cling to the story like the last few tatters of toilet paper on the roll.
John Preiss, you don’t know better, but you should. You’re the Chump of the Day!
Can you find any website (other than this fictitious one) for Americans for Freedom of Information?
Can you find any actual Occidental College application for Barack Obama or “Barry Soetoro”?
When you go to Google News or Newsbank or Lexis-Nexis or any other newspaper database, can you find any direct record of an actual Associated Press article regarding Barack Obama applying as “Barry Soetoro” to Occidential College as a foreign student?
Using the same method, can you find any record of any article in Britain’s Daily Mail with the headline “Obama Eligibility Questioned”?
The answer is no: no, you cannot.
Given that you cannot find these things — because they do not exist — what do you conclude?
Option A) That the story regarding Barack Obama registering as Indonesian “Barry Soetoro” at Occidental College is a hoax and a lie.
Option B) That the effort to suppress the truth about Barack Obama’s foreign origins is even more sweeping and nefarious than previously imagined, including the power to erase transcripts, records, organizations and multiple news stories entirely.
If you visit the message boards for “Glock Talk”, the answer appears to be Option B. And that makes Glock Talk our Chump of the Day!