President Obama has been subjected to the same sort of campaign, which has led to huge numbers of Americans believing that he is simultaneously a Muslim and a Socialist, oh, and he wasn’t born in America.
These ideas have been nudged along by Fox News as well as the right-wing blogosphere. Numerous times Fox has given credence to the birthers. Only in January, Special Report with Bret Baier gave space to birther fruitcake Orly Taitz.
Now Heather Childers, a “straight news” anchor for the Fox News weekend program ‘America’s News Headquarters’ and co-host of ‘Fox & Friends First’, has now topped even Orly Taitz by tweeting the following:
Thoughts? Did Barack Obama Campaign Threaten Life of Chelsea Clinton to Keep Parents Silent on Obama’s Ineligibility?
This links to a story on a right-wing blog (which I won’t link to) which passes on suggestions from film producer Bettina Viviano about Obama associates threatening individuals to hide secrets about Obama’s eligibility. The post also forwards suggestions that the Obama campaign was involved in the murder of former head of the Arkansas Democratic Party, Bill Gwatney; threatened President Clinton; and “told him that his daughter Chelsea would be next if he opened his mouth.”
Other posts on this blog include: “World Media Picking Up Obama Birth Certificate Fraud While America’s Media Remains Silent”; “Mr. President – Put Up or Shut Up!”; and “Alabama Supreme Court Justice Says Barack Obama Birth Certificate Would Not Stand Up in Court.”
After Childers was challenged she replied with the classic claim in such circumstances: that it wasn’t her opinion, she was merely asking questions.
Childers tweeted that Fox anchors “present both sides but people see what they want.” She concluded: “Here’s the thing folks… that ONE topic sure got alot [sic] of you tweeting. Why? I apologize if the article offended anyone. Very interesting.”
She later tweeted a link to another post questioning Obama’s birth certificate.
Someone at Fox must have realized that even for them, this was a bridge too far. In a statement to Mediaite, Fox News senior vice president for news Michael Clemente said “the tweets have been addressed with Heather and she understands this was a mistake.”
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