Birthers: The Movie

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009 at 9:03 am

On Aug. 4, President Obama’s birthday, WorldNetDaily released and began shipping “A Question of Eligibility.” It’s an hour-long documentary produced by an “award-winning team” who chose, naturally, to, keep their identities “secret for fear of retribution from the administration.” To call it a “rip-off” would be to go easy on it; it’s the “birther” equivalent of the X-ray specs and sea monkeys kids ordered from the back pages of “Action Comics.”

For starters, less than half of the film deals with the conspiracy theories about Obama’s birth. Most of the footage is taken from cable news coverage of the president’s election and first months in office. At the height of its sloppiness, the producers use, in its entirety, a video that Media Matters put together to mock Fox News coverage of the president’s first 100 days. You can spot the rip-off because the blue bars and white text that Media Matters mark the 100 days with are still on the screen. Where the liberal group meant to mock the hyperbolic rhetoric of Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, and the rest of the network’s line-up, WND treats this like pages from the Gospels.

Then there’s the coverage of the “birther” conspiracies, which are pretty slapdash and depend on interviews with only three people: Alan Keyes, Jerome Corsi, and Janet Porter. (The latter two are WND writers.) Orly Taitz, whose name has been used to promote the film, only appears in ambient audio clips and in the already well-watched footage of her angrily demanding to Chief Justice John Roberts that the Supreme Court look at her latest bungled legal filing.

Should the poor quality of the film be a surprise? Probably not, but what does it say that WND is charging $17.99 for its product? For that price, you could grab a Blu-Ray copy of “Slumdog Millionaire.” Of course, the 2008 Oscar-winner doesn’t include a shot like this:

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Part one of the film is here:

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Wulf
Comment posted August 25, 2009 @ 1:08 pm

Well, what goes around comes around. The Left has their embarrassing fringe making asinine movies, and now the Right fringe has got hold of the idea. Good, it'll keep the moderates more honest.


ant_on_a_log
Comment posted August 25, 2009 @ 1:54 pm

How many “editions” will this have? Will it top “loose change?”

Nah . . . .


neilends
Comment posted August 25, 2009 @ 2:16 pm

I love how these whackjobs keep personally stalking and harassing the various Supreme Court justices. I knew Orly had stalked Scalia and Roberts but didn't know this Porter nut had cornered poor Thomas somewhere and asked him “whose job it is to enforce the Constitution.” (Yes, I actually sat through all 8+ minutes of that bunk. It's entertaining but I don't think I can take anymore).


robrobrob
Comment posted August 25, 2009 @ 2:48 pm

ANYTHING to get that racist socialist out of the White House is okay by me….

No to goverment control of my life..
No to socialism…
NOBAM!


mantis
Comment posted August 25, 2009 @ 2:57 pm

Are you like the anti-Bam Bam from The Flintstones? No bam! No bam! No bam bam bam!

When did our country become so infested with deranged children?


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ant_on_a_log
Comment posted August 25, 2009 @ 3:28 pm

What exactly has Obama done that is “Socialist?”


ant_on_a_log
Comment posted August 25, 2009 @ 4:14 pm

Mabe they should get Oliver Stone to direct the movie . . .

he can have Kevin Costner standing behind Stanley Ann as she gave birth repeating over and over again: “out and to the left, out and to the left. . . “


republicanstupidity
Comment posted August 25, 2009 @ 8:37 pm

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JohnC
Comment posted August 25, 2009 @ 11:16 pm

Alan Keyes, Jerome Corsi, and Janet Porter. What a fair, balanced and sane group of constitutional and legal experts.


JohnC
Comment posted August 25, 2009 @ 11:17 pm

No to goverment control of my life..

You really ought to smell what you're shoveling.


wdrussell
Comment posted August 26, 2009 @ 12:36 pm

I think we are being way too polite when it comes to the birthers. They have begun to align themselves with the Aryans and the skinheads. They are not just a group who has a different point of view, they are white terrorists.


ant_on_a_log
Comment posted August 26, 2009 @ 1:15 pm

“Begun to?” No, they were doing that from the begining.


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Comment posted August 27, 2009 @ 6:05 am

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frankzappa
Comment posted August 28, 2009 @ 8:42 pm

Hahahahahahaha, this is great. Please you dips continue to masturbate on a national level about WORTHLESS issues while those of us that care about our communities can keep on keepin' on. I'm the first to admit that this story has more legs than I thought it would, in that regard well done. In regards to how you're contributing to your community and country you're a piece of shit.


Daniel
Comment posted August 29, 2009 @ 1:16 am

Nothing will satisfy the birthers. I was born in PA and I never got a long form, mine is a short form jsut like Obama's. Obama produced his “short form” birth certificate in the hopes of proving he is a citizen and they just called it a fake. Do people honestly believe the birthers will end their racist ways if he produced a “long form” birth certificate? No, they will claim it's a fake just like they did the short form. As long as Obama is half black, the birthers will believe he isn't a citizen.


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