Politics & Government

July 30, 2009

Here's the truth: 'Birther' claims are just plain nuts

The false allegation that President Barack Obama was born in another country is more than a fact-free hit job. It's the story of a small but vocal sliver of the populace that believes the new president is a fraud, and — aided by the Internet, talk radio and cable TV — angrily dismisses anyone who disagrees as part of a conspiracy. Its primary proponents have a long record of backing other discredited theories, including that the Bush administration had a hand in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

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