A conspiracy site with White House press credentials revives a debunked birther story
WaPo ^ | March 10, 2017 | Philip Bump
Posted on 3/11/2017, 1:43:07 AM by Seizethecarp
On Thursday evening, precisely 49 days, five hours and 11 minutes after Barack Obama was no longer the president of the United States, the conspiracy-enthusiastic site Gateway Pundit posted a new story: “Breaking: Malik Obama Tweets Alleged Barack Obama Birth Certificate In Kenya” Gateway Pundit never met an anti-Obama or anti-Hillary-Clinton story that it didn’t like. On any number of occasions, the site’s articles have been demonstrably false, as collated by the liberal watchdog group Media Matters.
Despite that — or perhaps because of its ferocious defenses of then-candidate Donald Trump over the course of 2016 — an employee of the site was recently granted credentials to join the White House press corps in the briefing room for daily administration briefings.
The site’s story about the new birth certificate was written by Jim Hoft, the founder of the site. It’s little more than a write-up of a tweet from a man named Malik Obama, who is the half brother of the former president and who, over the course of the past year or two, came to embrace Trump and the online community that supported the Republican nominee for president……………
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