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Eligibility issue was huge in 2008 when Obama opponent was focus of attention


Posted: March 08, 2010
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By Jerome R.Corsi

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Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.

Many of the same news organizationsand research groups today dismissing concerns about Barack Obama'sconstitutional eligibility were far more eager to cover the issue whenRepublican presidential candidate John McCain was the subject.


An archive search shows the questionof McCain's birth certificate and his eligibility to be president was actively pursued byDemocratic Party activists and the mainstream media in the run-up tothe 2008 presidential election, despite the ridicule now heaped uponthose questioning Obama's qualifications under Article II, Section 1 ofthe Constitution.


In an article published Feb. 28,2008, months before McCain was nominated for president by theRepublican Party, FactCheck.org, at the very center of Obama's defenseagainst eligibility questions, was itself raising them about McCain.


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In a piece that led off withthe question, "How can Panamanian-born McCain be elected president?" FactCheck.org conceded McCain didmeet the natural-born citizen requirements. But the website qualified itsanswer, stating that if McCain did win the presidency, the issue couldbe challenged in court.


After the Republican andDemocratic conventions, on, FactCheck.org weighed into the Obamaeligibility debate Aug.21, 2008," claiming its "staffers have now seen, touched, examined andphotographed the original birthcertificate." The certificate in question, however, was a short-formCertificate of Live Birth, or COLB, not a hospital-generatedlong-formbirth certificate listingthe hospital where Obama was born as well as other relevant birthinformation, including the name of the attending physician.


Almost coincident with theFactCheck.org article, a flurry of mainstream media news pieces poppedup about McCain's eligibility tobe president.


On Feb. 28, 2008, Carl Hulse wrote aNew York Times article, "McCain's Canal Zone Birth Prompts QueriesAbout Whether That Rules Him Out."


"To date, no American to take thepresidential oath has had an official birthplace outside the 50states," Hulse wrote.


Picking up on the Times piece, MSNBC.com ran a feature on the sameday posing the question, "Born in the USA?"


The Wall Street Journal the same daypublished a Law Blog column asking:"Does John McCain Have a Birthplace Problem?"


CBS News speculated McCain's eligibilityquestion "could conceivably end up in before the Supreme Court," addingthe comment, "And you thought counting chads was a circus."


The next day, the Times of London published a similarpiece,"McCain's Panama birth prompts eligibility probe by his campaign."


NBC correspondent Pete Williams also published a piece Feb. 29, 2008, on the MSNBCwebsite, "McCain's citizenship called into question."


"Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and hisadvisers are doing their best to brush aside questions – raised in theliberal blogosphere – about whether he is qualified under theConstitution to bepresident," Williams wrote. "But many legal scholars andgovernment lawyers say it's a serious questionwith no clear answer."


On April 10, 2008, ABC reporter Jake Tapper published apiece on the ABC News website inwhich he noted the Constitution "does not define 'natural borncitizen,'" pointing out that "McCain was born in the Panama Canal Zone to parents who were U.S.citizens, but some scholars have questioned that it suffices."


Then, on April 11, 2008, the Wall Street Journal's Law Blogpublished a piece notingthat Sens. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.,introduced a non-binding resolution expressing McCain qualifies as anatural-born citizen under terms of the Constitution.


The Leahy-McCaskill resolution,ultimately passed by the Senate unanimously was co-sponsored by Sens.Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, who at the time were competing forthe Democratic Party's presidential nomination.


Even this was not enough to stopliberal activists and the mainstream media from continuing to keepalive questions about McCain's eligibility.


In a Washington Post story May 2, 2008, reporter Michael Dobbs questionedwhether the Senate's unanimously passed resolution was sufficient tosettle the matter of whether McCain was a natural-born citizen eligible to be president.


Dismissing the Senate resolution,Dobbs wrote that the Senate vote "is simply an opinion that has littlebearing on an arcane constitutional debate that has preoccupied legalscholars for many weeks."


Dobbs noted at the time the articlewas published "three pending cases are challenging McCain's right to be president" becauseeven though both his parents were U.S. citizens, his father was in theNavy, and McCain was born at the U.S. Naval Station based in Coco Soloin the Panama Canal Zone on Aug. 29, 1939.


While acknowledging that a seniorofficial of the McCain campaign had shown reporters a copy of McCain's birth certificate issued by the Canal Zonehospital – something the Obama presidential campaign and presidencyhave so far refused to do – he questioned why McCain did not release the birth certificate to the press generally.


In addition to media scrutiny, McCaintestified before a U.S. Senate committee and produced his long-form birth certificateforinspection.


On May 12, 2008,PolitiFact.com, a website that has dismissed questions about Obama'seligibility, published an article authored byRobert Farley, "Was McCain born in the USA?"


Noting that the question of McCain'seligibility is "rooted in legal opinions," not in facts, PolitiFact.orgbegged off giving McCain's eligibility question a truth rating,claiming its "customary True-False ratings don't quite fit here."


PolitiFact repeated the WashingtonPost complaint that McCain had not released his hospital-generated birthcertificatepublically, opting instead to "let a Washington Postreporter take a peek at it."


PolitiFact, however, did not notethat the Obama campaign refused all inquiries asking to see theIllinois senator's hospital-generated long-form birth certificate.


PolitiFact also dismissedcongressional resolutions affirming McCain's eligibility to be president as a natural-born citizen,quoting Atlanta attorney Jill Pryor, who wrote a 20-year-old paperpublished in the Yale Law Journal in which she argued that Congress'interpretation of the natural-born citizen clause is not binding on thecourts.


On June 12, 2008, theleft-leaning DailyKos.com posted a piece byblogger "andyfoland","The Bombshell on McCain'sBirth Certificate," claiming McCain had "nointerest in releasing his birthcertificate" because he "actually wasn't born in the United States,"and "McCain has done a good job keeping the public at large fromcatching on that he was born in Panama."


On June 20, 2008, editorialwriter Todd Roberson wrote in a DallasMorning News opinion blog thatMcCain's citizenship was "still in question," after a lawsuit was filedin the U.S. District courts questioning the issue.


Displaying what he claimed was a copyof McCain's hospital-generated long-form birth certificate,Robberson wrote, "The argument is very strong against McCain beingregarded 'a natural-born' citizen' as required by law."


Why?


"[McCain] was born in Panama in 1936,at a time when the State Department and the Hay-Bunau Treaty, whichgranted the U.S. access to the PanamaCanal Zone, specifically stated that the Canal Zone was not sovereignU.S. territory," Robberson argued.


To drive home the point, a link in Robberson's piece displayed as a .pdf filethe lawsuit papers filed by plaintiff Fred Hollander in the U.S.District Court in New Hampshire questioning McCain's eligibility.


The New York Times returned once again toMcCain's eligibility in a July 11, 2008, article published by law reporterAdam Liptak, with contributions from Carl Hulse, "A Hint of New Life toa McCain Birth Issue."


The New York Times featured ananalysis by University of Arizona law professor Gabriel J. Chin that asserted a 1937 lawconferred citizenship on children of American parents born in the CanalZone after 2004, arguing the law made John McCain a citizen just beforehis first birthday.


"In his paper and in an interview,Professor Chin, a registered Democrat, insisted he had no politicalmotive in raising the question," the Times wrote.


UPI published a story July 11, 2008, under the headline "McCain notnatural-born citizen, prof says," repeating the New York Times story about Gabriel Chin'slegal analysis.


A lawsuit challenging McCain'squalifications was pending in a federal court in Concord, N.H., the UPIstory noted.


Newsbuster.org characterized Liptak'sNew York Times article as "ameaningless, but prominently placed, 900-word story to further chipaway at John McCain's stature," noting the New York Times had yet to publish anarticle discussing Internet questioning about Obama's eligibility.


In July 2008, Snopes.com, whichportrays itself as an independent fact-checker, classified as "undetermined" theclaim that John McCain does not qualify to be president as anatural-born citizen.


"As much as we'd like to dismiss thisone as just another frivolous election season rumor, it's impossible tomake any definitive statement about Senator McCain's presidentialeligibility because the issue is a matter of law rather than fact, andthe law is ambiguous," Snopes.com wrote.


But only one month before, inJune 2008, Snopes.com confidently disqualifiedas "false" the assertion that Barack Obama was not eligible to bepresident,affirming instead that he was a natural-born citizen within the meaningof Article II, Section 1.


With equal confidence, Snopes.com in the same monthdismissed as "false" the claim that the short-form Certificate of LiveBirth provided by the Obama presidential campaign was a forgery.


On Sept. 18, 2008, after McCainhad won the Republican Party presidential nomination, Law.com reported a San Franciscofederal judge ruled McCain's assertion of U.S. citizenship was "highlyprobable."


Third-party presidential candidateAlan Keyes was excoriated for bringing a federal lawsuit challengingObama's eligibility, but as the Law.com article pointed out, Keyes hadalso brought the U.S. District court challenge of McCain's eligibility.


Throughout the 2008presidential campaign, the Web continued to buzz with stories questioning McCain'seligibility without reporting similar issues were being raised aboutObama.

 


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