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Posted on 08/22/2010 11:59:10 AM PDT by kathsua
John Montgomery's explanation for the withdrawal of The News' endorsement of Tracey Mann for Congress demonstrates that there aren't any real journalists on The News editorial board.
Mann's advice to President Barack Obama about making his birth certificate public is the same basic advice journalists gave to former President Bill Clinton after discovery of his affair with Monica Lewinsky.
The best way for a president to defuse a controversy is to make the relevant documents public immediately. Stonewalling like President Richard Nixon did during Watergate only prolongs the situation and encourages people to believe the worst.
I don't know where Obama was born, but my 50 years of observing American politics and my master's degree in U.S. history tells me that his unwillingness to make his birth certificate public indicates he probably was not born in Hawaii as he claims.
At the time of Obama's birth, Hawaii allowed residents to register births that occurred in other states or even other countries, so the fact Hawaii has a birth certificate on file or published an announcement of his birth in local papers would not necessarily mean he was born in Hawaii.
Would liberals in the media let a Republican get away with keeping documents secret like that?