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Birthers: The Movie

Last updated: 07/31/2020 08:00 | 08/25/2009 05:03
Daisy-Mae Schmitt

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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