May 17, 2012
An apology for the “mistake” in Barack Obama’s official biography that said he was ‘Born in Kenya’ has conveniently been rushed out onto the world scene in rapid-response to the bombshell published today at Breitbart.com and made truly viral at the Drudge Report, along with a new media fiction theorizing that the “mistake” may well have given birth to ‘birther rumors’ in the first place.
Miriam Goderich came forward as the editor of the bio, claiming to remember the distant circumstances, and apologized in a press release for what she claims was “nothing more than a fact checking error” committed back in 1991 by publishing Barack Obama’s birthplace as “Kenya,” and further mentioning that he had been raised in both Indonesia and Hawaii (the mistake was, however, apparently not corrected until 2007). Goderich quickly exonerated the sitting president in the statement, adding, “There was never any information given to us by Obama in any of his correspondence or other communications suggesting in any way that he was born in Kenya and not Hawaii.”
Breitbart.com reported their attempt to contact Goderich for comment over several days, but received no response. The site followed up on the report, adding that “Goderich’s statement fails to explain why the ‘fact checking error’ persisted for sixteen years, through at least three different versions of Jane Dystel’s website, and through at least four different versions of Obama’s biography”– and indeed, for two years while Barack Obama was Senator.
Yet, Miriam Goderich was quick to come forward once the news broke. The White House has not yet issued an official response, as of the time of writing.
The bio, and background information on it developed by Breitbart.com, demonstrates that Obama was promoted by a literary agent for years as a Kenyan-born mover/shaker worthy of a PR front while the president of Harvard’s Law Review.
Yahoo! News, who spoke with Goderich, released news of the apology. In doing so, writer Dylan Stableford makes his own ridiculous attempt to further spin the elephant in the room on the basis of the “mistake” explanation with prose that would make Orwell shutter. He opens his article with the declaration that a “possible source” of rumors about Obama’s birth in a foreign country “has been identified,” all while refusing to acknowledge the serious implications that should be met with equally serious investigation. Meanwhile, the AP ludicrously tried to re-write reality by raising the question: Did 1991 mistake spark ‘birther’ issue?.
Thus, according to this new “official” version put forward by Goderich and spin-washed in the meme-stream media, the constitutional scholar and his team were their own worst enemies, failing to realize the printed “mistake” until 2007 once his presidential ship was already sailing, and failed further to fix the ‘misconception’ before somebody got the wrong idea about his eligibility.
Instead, this bio, published over a 16 year period according to Archive.org records, is only the latest piece of information to pin Kenya as Obama’s birthplace and/or to cast serious doubt on claims of his U.S.-proclaimed birth, and especially of supporting documents thereof. Other “sources” of the “rumor” have included statements from Barack Obama’s own family members– including his wife, Michelle, Barack himself via “jokes” and, of course, reports concerning his Kenyan grandmother, who claims to have witnessed his birth. That, and missing records in Kenya, et al., allegedly-forged documents, irreconcilable accounts of his life, and so much more.
‘Born in Kenya’: Obama’s Literary Agent Misidentified His Birthplace in 1991
May 18, 2012
Obama’s former literary agency misidentified his birthplace as Kenya while trying to promote the then-Harvard Law grad as an author in 1991.
“This was nothing more than a fact checking error by me–an agency assistant at the time,” Goderich wrote in an emailed statement to Yahoo News. “There was never any information given to us by Obama in any of his correspondence or other communications suggesting in any way that he was born in Kenya and not Hawaii. I hope you can communicate to your readers that this was a simple mistake and nothing more.” >>>READ FULL ARTICLE