Desperation: WND touts birther claim made on "pro-white" program at "white supremacist" conference

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WorldNetDaily, one of the loudest voices pushing the bogus story that Barack Obama does not have a legitimate birth certificate, is now touting a birther claim first made on a "pro-white" radio program at a conference of "white supremacist[s]."

In a June 10 article headlined, "Hawaii elections clerk: Obama not born here," WND's Joe Kovacs wrote that Tim Adams, "who worked as a senior elections clerk for the city and county of Honolulu in 2008 is making the stunning claim Barack Obama was definitely not born in Hawaii as the White House maintains, and that a long-form, hospital-generated birth certificate for Obama does not even exist in the Aloha State." WND added that "People started to pay attention this week after he was briefly interviewed by James Edwards, host of a weekly radio show on WLRM Radio in Memphis, Tenn." Kovacs wrote a follow-up article on Adams, touting how "WND's original report about Adams' claims has already been made into a YouTube video, getting thousands of hits."

WND, however, makes no mention that Adams made the claim while appearing on a "pro-white" radio program hosted by white nationalist James Edwards at a conference of "white supremacist[s]."

James Edwards says that on June 5, he broadcasted his radio program The Political Cesspool "at the 2010 Council of Conservative Citizens National Conference." The CofCC similarly states that Edwards broadcasted live from its event, and includes links to a recording of the show. According to Edwards, "in attendance" was Tim Adams, who made his birther claim on-air.

The Council of Conservative Citizens is described by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) as a "white supremacist" "hate group," and by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) as having a "white supremacy, white separatism" ideology. The Council states on its website that they "oppose all efforts to mix the races of mankind, to promote non-white races over the European-American people through so-called 'affirmative action' and similar measures, to destroy or denigrate the European-American heritage, including the heritage of the Southern people, and to force the integration of the races."

The Political Cesspool website states: "We represent a philosophy that is pro-White ... We wish to revive the White birthrate above replacement level fertility and beyond to grow the percentage of Whites in the world relative to other races." The ADL and SPLC have both criticized Edwards and The Political Cesspool. The SPLC writes that Edwards "has probably done more than any of his contemporaries on the American radical right to publicly promote neo-Nazis, Holocaust deniers, raging anti-Semites and other extremists."

Other guests that appeared on the show with Adams included "white supremacist" Sam Dickson; "white supremacist" Paul Fromm; and Derek Black, the son of former Klan leader Don Black and host of "weekly shows on the Stormfront Internet radio site, where he also was a webmaster." Stormfront, which has streamed Political Cesspool, describes itself as a "community of White Nationalists."

Edwards wrote on his blog that he "introduced Tim Adams to the world," and brought the story to WorldNetDaily. Edwards wrote: "We have been swamped with media inquiries ever since Mr. Adams appeared on our show last weekend. In working in cooperation with Joe Kovacs, Executive News Editor at World Net Daily, the following story has now been published." Edwards then linked to Kovacs' June 10 story.

The backing behind Adams' claim is so extreme that even the right-wing message board Free Republic states that it pulled threads related to Adams because the source of the video "is a group called The Council of Conservative Citizens. This is NOT a Conservative group, do not be fooled by the name. This group is a front group for a neo-Nazi group known as the National Alliance and is associated with Stormfront."

So why is WorldNetDaily pushing a claim made on a "pro-white" radio program at a "white supremacist" conference?

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