10 August 2009

W.Va. Tea Party Movement Attracts Attention

West Virginia's Tea Party Movement has developed a political profile as the state's most visible critic of Obama administration proposals involving cap-and-trade and health care, The Associated Press reports.

The group's members have been courted by the nascent West Virginia Conservative Foundation, while U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-2nd, spoke at its July rally targeting cap and trade.

But while the movement has raised questions about the cost and jobs impact of such proposals, allegations raised by some of its top organizers "appear to go beyond policy disagreements," the article said.

E-mails from the group "promote demonstrated untruths" about some of this legislation, and also "recycle other rumors and allegations about Obama, his family and other Democrats previously debunked by the likes of FactCheck.org and PolitiFact.com."

Several of the e-mails "have raised questions about President Barack Obama's place of birth and eligibility to serve," AP reported, adding that "late last month, state officials in Hawaii said they once again checked and confirmed that Obama was born in Hawaii and is a natural-born American citizen, and therefore meets a key constitutional requirement for being president."

The author of a number of these e-mails was asked about their content.

"I have just about come to the conclusion, because of the newspaper articles at the time of his birth, that Obama may well have been born in the US," the author told AP. "However, rumor is that he went to college as an exchange student, which would be a felony offense and thus would disqualify him for serving. All of those records are sealed."

Wrong again, according to FactCheck. It concluded in May that a "transparent April Fools' Day hoax" complete with a faked AP story to allege that Obama received a Fulbright scholarship for foreign students. "The claim is false and the story is a hoax," FactCheck found.


Anne Lieberman said...

Ah yes, FactCheck. A project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center. Any relation to the Annenberg monies distributed in Chicago by Barack and Bill Ayers, through the Woods Foundation? Nah, couldn't be. That would be fishy.

Lawrence Messina said...

Argumentum Ad Hominem.

Also, FactCheck.org responded to such allegations in October.


(See "FactCheck.org and the 'Annenberg Challenge'")

Anne Lieberman said...

By "AP reported" you mean yourself, right? And you obtained access to these emails surreptitiously, without admitting that you work for the Associated Press, right? Is that what you call investigative reporting?

My name is Anne Lieberman and I have participated in organizing the Apr. 15th Tea Party rally in Charleston as well as the Town Hall meeting on Cap and Trade. I would be happy to answer any questions you have, as long as you are open and honest about your identity and your agenda, which seems to me altogether biased against our efforts to assert our rights to free thought, speech and assembly.

You can reach me at annelieberman@yahoo.com

Lawrence Messina said...

The e-mails were sent to an "ap.org" address, and not at the behest of AP.