Posted: July 24, 200911:45 pm Eastern
By Bob Unruh Â© 2009 WorldNetDaily
He already believes President Obama is a U.S. citizen, and all he wants is for him to produce a copy of his birth certificate, but even that request has generated a full-scale attack on CNN anchor Lou Dobbs.
According to the Los Angeles Times, CNN President Jon Klein told staffers of "Lou Dobbs Tonight" the issue of the legitimacy of President Obama's birth certificate â€“ a topic Dobbs has discussed on the air â€“ is a "dead" story.
The report said Klein wrote that CNN researchers found Hawaiian records were discarded in 2001 when the state's records system went electronic. Therefore, the report said, Obama's original long-form birth certificate no longer exists, and a computer-generated abbreviated version that has been promoted on the Internet is the official record.
"It seems to definitively answer the question," Klein's e-mail said, according to the newspaper. "Since the show's mission is for Lou to be the explainer and enlightener, he should be sure to cite this during your segment tonite. And then it seems this story is dead â€“ because anyone who still is not convinced doesn't really have a legitimate beef."
J. Richard Cohen, chief of the left-leaning Southern Poverty Law Center, went even further. He wrote a letter to CNN suggesting, "Respectable news organizations should not employ reporters willing to peddle racist conspiracy theories and false propaganda. It's time for CNN to remove Mr. Dobbs from the airwaves."
Dobbs has raised the issue several times, qualifying his requests with a multitude of affirmations that Obama is a U.S. citizen, but he believes the proof should be available to the nation.
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WND has produced hundreds of stories reporting on dozens of legal challenges to Obama's status as a "natural born citizen" and other issues. The Constitution, Article 2, Section 1, states, "No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President."
Some of the challenges question whether he was actually born in Hawaii, as he insists. If he was born out of the country, Obama's American mother, the suits contend, was too young at the time of his birth to confer American citizenship to her son under the law at the time.
Other challenges have focused on Obama's citizenship through his father, a Kenyan subject to the jurisdiction of the United Kingdom at the time of his birth, thus making him a dual citizen. The cases contend the framers of the Constitution excluded dual citizens from qualifying as natural born.
Additionally, questions have been raised about Obama's move to Indonesia as a child and the passort he used to travel to Pakistan as a young man.
Complicating the situation is Obama's decision to spend sums estimated in the hundreds of thousands of dollars to avoid releasing a state birth certificate and other documentation, such as educational records, that would put to rest the questions.
Dobbs' questioning has been straightforward: Where's the birth certificate?
"When this could be dispelled so quickly, and simply by producing it, why not do it?" he has asked.
He's pursued the query even though on a day when he was absent, his staff wrote a script that called the questions about Obama's birth "the discredited rumor that won't go away."
On that day, guest host Kitty Pilgrim said CNN had investigated, and there was "no basis for questions about the president's birthplace."
In an interview cited by the Los Angeles Times, Klein appeared to back off somewhat. He said Dobbs has 30 years experience, and he would trust his judgment.
But the Southern Poverty Law Center's Cohen, in a letter to Klein, took a hard line.
"We have written to you before about our concern that Lou Dobbs repeatedly fails to live up to this standard in his reporting on immigration. Now, Mr. Dobbs is again trading in falsehoods and racist conspiracy theories, questioning President Obama's American citizenship," he claimed.
The SLPC asserted the online Factcheck.org and "many other serious news organizations" had resolved the issue.
Dobbs' questioning, Cohen wrote, "is both deplorable and an embarrassment to all serious journalists."
Cohen claimed the "conspiracy theory" was started by "an [unidentified] open anti-Semite and circulated by right-wing extremists."
WND reported earlier when Dobbs started raising the questions. At that time, longtime New York radio talker Lynn Samuels did the same.
"We don't even know where he was born," she said. "I absolutely believe he was not born in this country."
Reports also have been done by Sean Hannity's show on the Fox News Channel and in the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
The question over Obama's eligibility now also is being raised on billboards nationwide.
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