On the September 2 edition of Fox News' America's Newsroom, co-host Megyn Kelly gave a "hat tip" to the blog Gateway Pundit, which Kelly said is where "we found" video of "a new effort to silence critics of the Democrats' [health care] plan." The Gateway Pundit blog has frequently pushed the conspiracy theory that President Obama doesn't have a valid birth certificate; speculated that Obama may instead be a Kenyan; and recently compared Obama's September 8 speech about "persisting and succeeding in school" to indoctrinating the Hitler Youth.
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Kelly: A "hat tip to Gateway Pundit ... that's how we found" the video
From the September 2 edition of Fox News' America's Newsroom:
KELLY: Well, we showed you some new video at the top of the hour of a pro-health care reform group mounting a new effort to silence critics of the Democrats' plan. You are about to see that amateur video again, shot outside of a townhall event for Illinois Democrat Jan Schakowsky. Now take a listen to this guy. He -- the guy who filmed this, actually, he shot it and then when he posted it to the Web, he put the words up, word for word what he heard this guy saying. All right? So you're gonna get it all as he saw it. This guy is giving lessons on how to make sure those in attendance do not get the chance to openly question the Democrats' plan.
[video of attendees outside town hall]
KELLY: Well, Joel Pollack is the Harvard Law School grad who actually shot that amateur video and attended the town hall. He's my guest now. Hi, Joel.
POLLACK: Hi, good morning.
KELLY: And a hat tip to Gateway Pundit, which I guess is -- that's how we found it, in any event.
Gateway Pundit posted a September 1 entry titled, "CAUGHT ON TAPE: Obama HCAN Organizer Instructs Supporters How to Shout Down Opponents & Take Over Meetings."
Gateway Pundit: Obama's birth certificate a fake; Obama is Kenyan
Gateway Pundit: "It Has Begun ... Obama's Kenyan Birth Certificate Sold On eBay." In a June 29 post, Gateway Pundit wrote that "Obama's Kenyan birth certificate was recently posted for sale on eBay. Unfortunately, the internet auction website deleted the item listing after it was posted."
Gateway Pundit: "Barack Obama Is a Citizen of Kenya..." In an August 9, 2008, post, Gateway Pundit asserted that "Obama has Kenyan citizenship as well as US citizenship," and also claimed that "Obama is embarrassed about being an American citizen."
Gateway Pundit: "Tests Show That Barack Obama's Birth Certificate Is a Forgery." On July 20, 2008, Gateway Pundit promoted claims that Obama's birth certificate posted online is a "forgery."
Gateway Pundit: "Obama Website Implicated In Misleading Public With Bogus Document." Gateway Pundit wondered on July 4, 2008, why the Obama campaign is "promoting these forged documents" about Obama's birth certificate.
Gateway Pundit: "Barack Obama: Bastard Child?... Or Son of a Bigamist?" Gateway Pundit wrote on June 10, 2008, that there "are longstanding rumors going around about why he will not release this this information including that he was born in Kenya and that his real name is Barry." The blogger added that Obama's birth certificate "may help settle the argument on whether Obama is a [sic] illegitimate child or the son of a bigamist."
Gateway Pundit: Obama "Dear Leader," comparisons to Hitler Youth
Gateway Pundit: "Dear Leader will address the beloved youth on September 8th." Discussing Obama's upcoming September 8 speech about "persisting and succeeding in school," Gateway Pundit compared the address to indoctrinating the Hitler Youth. From the September 1 post:
Dear Leader will address the beloved youth on September 8th.
In an unprecented move, President Obama will address the nation's youth at their institutions of indoctrination.
America's Newsroom previously cited "[c]onservative [b]logs" as sources
America's Newsroom research source: "Conservative Blogs." On the August 19 edition of America's Newsroom, Fox News simply sourced its information about members of Congress purportedly "dodging" town hall debates to "Conservative Blogs":