OK, if you're lucky enough to have never heard of the Birthers, I'm jealous. They're people who believe, against all evidence (and reason) that Obama was actually born in Kenya, and thus ineligible to be president of the USA. For example:
The problem is that various politicians have given at least token support to their claims, and Lou Dobbs has also decided to promote the claim on his show. Over a week ago, Jon Stewart mercilessly mocked Dobbs and the Birthers in general:
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But the news networks decided to milk a little more airtime out of the story, such as by having Chris Matthews try to convince G. Gordon Liddy that the Birthers were nuts:
Last week, CNN/U.S. president Jon Klein told "Lou Dobbs Tonight" staffers that the Birthers claim was "dead - because anyone who still is not convinced doesn't really have a legitimate beef."
Case closed. Right?
Wrong. Lou Dobbs keeps discussing the issue, even though he says the Birthers' claims are meritless:
The good news is that Lou Dobbs' ratings have apparently tanked recently. And Media Matters has purchased air time to run a TV ad criticizing Dobbs during Dobbs' show. Media Matters has also set up a minisite detailing Dobbs' embarrassing history.
And I wouldn't have mentioned any of this, except Curt Franklin and Chris Haley found a way to cleverly work the Justice League into the story.
*Previously: This year's Best Actress is a 9/11 Truther.
*Buy birth certificates at eBay.