CNN reports Terry Lakin court martial, Lou Dobbs reported facts, CNN misrepresents Obama birth certificate, Citizen Wells open thread, August 7, 2010
CNN reports Terry Lakin court martial, Lou Dobbs reported facts, CNN misrepresents Obama birth certificate
CNN is reporting on the LTC Terry Lakin court martial proceedings. While I am pleased that they are presenting this story, CNN is not letting facts get in the way of covering for Obama and his eligibility problems.
“Before birther row, Lt. Col. Lakin racked up medals as flight surgeon”
Lt. Col. Terrence Lakin wants proof that President Obama was born in the United States.
“Lt. Col. Terrence Lakin accused of missing a plane, refusing to deploy to Afghanistan
Foundation: Certification, birth announcements not the same as birth certificate
Honolulu newspapers, Hawaii’s Republican governor have said Obama was born there
Military law expert: It’s unlikely court will address Obama’s birthplace during court-martial”
“Lt. Col. Terrence Lakin is a poster soldier for the so-called birther movement, but for 17 years prior to his court-martial proceedings, the flight surgeon served around the globe, racking up a chest full of medals.
Military prosecutors allege that the Colorado native intentionally missed a plane in April after disobeying four lawful orders from superiors. Lakin has said he refused to deploy to Afghanistan until he sees proof that President Obama was born in the U.S.
In a YouTube explanation posted before he was charged, Lakin said he had no choice but the “distasteful one of inviting my own court-martial.”
“If [Obama] is ineligible, then indeed, all orders are illegal because all orders have the origin with the commander in chief,” he said.
The Uniform Code of Military Justice says the maximum punishment for both offenses — missing his plane and disobeying lawful orders — is a dishonorable discharge and up to two years in confinement. A guilty verdict could also result in forfeiture of his pay, which totals $7,959 a month, according to a charge sheet provided by a group sponsoring his defense.
Lakin is among 27 percent of Americans who doubt or deny that Obama is American-born, according to a recent CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll. They compose the birther movement, which demands that Obama present a birth certificate signed by the doctor who delivered him in 1961.
Obama has made public an unsigned “certification of live birth,” which birthers claim is not the same as a birth certificate. However, two Honolulu, Hawaii, newspapers have presented birth announcements for Obama, and the state’s Republican governor has confirmed that the president was born in the Aloha State.”
There are at least several inaccurate amd misleading statements above. Some of these false statements are addressed by Lou Dobbs in one of the few and perhaps only attempts on CNN to accurately cover Obama’s failure to produce a legitimate birth certificate.
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