Media Blackout in Obama Georgia Ballot Eligibility Case

American Thinker

Last  week, I noted that Obama turned his back not just on Arizona’s Governor Jan  Brewer, but also on the laws of the State of Georgia.  I closed my column,  “Georgia Ballot Challenge: Obama Walks on  By,” with the observation: “And most of the media has  followed along right behind him.”

At  the time, I had just witnessed an historic hearing that actually discussed the  eligibility of the sitting president of the United States to run for a second  term.  The president had been subpoenaed to appear, and instead of his attorney respectfully following protocol  to have that subpoena recalled, both Obama and his attorney, Michael Jablonski,  simply failed to show up at all or offer any defense  whatsoever.

Isn’t  there a headline in there somewhere?

The  hearing proceeded as planned, even though the table for the defense was  empty.  Attorneys Van Irion and J. Mark Hatfield presented their cases  first and offered compelling arguments — not regarding Obama’s birthplace, but  rather that the non-U.S. citizenship of Obama’s father precluded Obama’s  “natural born” eligibility under the Constitution and existing Supreme Court  precedent.  Attorney Orly Taitz, however, did present interesting evidence  that questioned the validity of Obama’s birth certificate and questions  surrounding his Social Security number.

When  the hearing ended, the media in attendance almost literally pounced on  Taitz.  Irion and Hatfield and their clients had left the premises earlier,  while Taitz was still presenting her case; however, Irion asserted to me that  not one member of the press stopped them on their way out.  Doubtless the  media did not want to discuss the law — they’d rather write their usual stories  on the birth certificate and interview the one they’ve dubbed the “birther  queen.”

Attorney  Taitz handled herself well, even though the press taunted her with rudeness and  leading questions she has doubtless experienced many times.  After the  reporters finished letting Taitz feel the full extent of their contempt for both  her and the entire morning’s event, they packed up to leave.

I  walked up to one particular reporter from one of the prominent mainstream  entities, noting that he seemed frustrated that he didn’t get a clear answer  from Taitz to one of his questions, and I informed him that I did know the exact  answer, if he’d like to hear more about it.  He said no, he didn’t.  I  asked then, wasn’t he a reporter, and why did he ask the question if he didn’t  want the answer?  And as I was speaking, he turned and walked away from  me.

The  same thing happened with another reporter from another major network.  He  had asked Taitz why no one cared that there were past presidents who had fathers  not born in the country.  I explained to him that it was not the place of  birth of the presidents’ fathers that was the issue, but rather the status of  their citizenship at the time of their sons’ births.  The reporter scoffed  and told me that that was just my opinion, but when I attempted to inform him  that it was also the opinion of the Supreme Court, he turned and walked away from  me while I was in mid-sentence.

Does  this behavior seem familiar?

Even  though I saw reporters from every major network on the scene, the actual  reporting of the event was scant — primarily only in blogs or local news.   Google “Georgia Ballot Challenge”  and note the non-mainstream coverage of the event.

Rachel  Maddow must not have gotten the memo, though, because she dedicated a full 8  minutes  of her January 26 show to telling her viewers why they should “feel almost  duty-bound as a patriot to ignore” the hearing and not to “dignify this nonsense  or elevate it by paying it any attention.”  Not only were none of the legal points addressed in the hearings brought up by  Maddow, but Maddow excused the extraordinary fact that Obama and his counsel,  instead of respecting the law, had simply snubbed it, calling the case  “ridiculous.”

As  Sunny of Sunny TV points out in this hilarious but uncomfortably true video, “Tyranny is as Tyranny Does”; “[l]et’s just hope  the next President is just as benevolent as Obama because they could really use  that power for bad.”  At the end of the clip, as Sunny pretends she is  Obama, issuing orders right and left, she points to her crown and says: “This  makes me in charge.”  As Teri O’Brien noted in her interview discussing Obama’s penchant for walking away from  those with whom he disagrees, “[g]ods don’t debate.  They issue  decrees.”

Attorney  Irion, in this follow-up letter from his Liberty Legal Foundation,  pointed out: “Yesterday President Obama completely ignored a court subpoena, and  the world shrugged.”

Yes,  Obama shrugged, and the media has shrugged along.  Irion further  noted:

Obama’s  behavior yesterday is even more disturbing than Nixon’s. Nixon at least  respected the judicial branch enough to have his attorneys show up in court and  follow procedure[.] … Nixon acknowledged the authority of the judicial branch  even while he fought it. Obama, on the other hand, essentially said yesterday  that the judicial branch has no power over him. He ordered his attorneys to stay  away from the hearing. He didn’t petition a higher court in a legitimate attempt  to stay the hearing[.] … Rather than respecting the legal process, Obama went  around the courts and tried to put political pressure directly on the Georgia  Secretary of State. When that failed, he simply ignored the judicial branch  completely.

It  is disconcerting to see that the president, whose primary duty is to preserve,  protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States, has turned his back  on the rule of law of one of those states.  Especially, as Sunny  uncomfortably reminded us, since this is the same president who routinely  sidesteps the law or places himself above it.

Even  more troubling is the fact that the mainstream media not only seems to approve  — but they fail to report it at all.

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