Breitbart Blogger Attacks Press For Claiming Perry Went Birther; Perry Doubles Down On Birther Rhetoric
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Sometimes it's useful, as well as entertaining, to note just how clueless Andrew Breitbart bloggers are when it comes to critiquing the media and analyzing the news.
Just take a look at the misguided post yesterday in which a Breitbart blogger at Big Journalism condemned the "liberal" media for supposedly manufacturing the claim that Republican candidate Rick Perry had gone birther by questioning Obama's birther certificate. The blogger angrily insisted Perry had done no such thing and attacked the press for making up the nasty claim about Perry and the thoroughly debunked Obama smear.
Except that for anyone who saw what Perry told Parade, it was clear Perry had expressed doubts about the president's birth certificate:
PARADE: Governor, do you believe that President Barack Obama was born in the United States?
PERRY: I have no reason to think otherwise.
PARADE: That's not a definitive, "Yes, I believe he"--
PERRY: Well, I don't have a definitive answer, because he's never seen my birth certificate.
PARADE: But you've seen his.
PERRY: I don't know. Have I?
PARADE: You don't believe what's been released?
PERRY:I don't know. I had dinner with Donald Trump the other night.
PERRY: That came up.
PARADE: And he said?
PERRY: He doesn't think it's real.
PARADE: And you said?
PERRY: I don't have any idea. It doesn't matter. He's the President of the United States. He's elected. It's a distractive issue.
No, no, no, the blogger insisted. Perry would never go birther. Journalists were twisting his words and reading that exchange all wrong.
Fast forward and note the recent interview Perry gave CNBC during which he insists the birther story is a "good issue to keep alive":
Yes, it appears Perry has doubled down on the birther nonsense, and did it on a nationally televised interview. Can't wait to see how Breitbart's confused site blames the press for this one.