Journo: Clinton surrogate Sid Blumenthal ‘spread the Obama birther rumor’

Journo: Clinton surrogate Sid Blumenthal ‘spread the Obama birther rumor’

Blumenthal -- Screengrab: You
Blumenthal — Screengrab: You

On Friday, James Asher, the former Washington bureau chief for McClatchy, issued a tweet saying that Clinton surrogate Sid Blumenthal personally pitched the Obama birther story to him during the 2008 campaign.

He wasn’t finished:

According to Asher, Blumenthal asked the media outlet to investigate the issue:

Blumenthal, the Daily Caller added, “is a former aide to Clinton’s husband Bill Clinton and their long-time friend.”

Twitchy, citing McClatchy, said a reporter was sent to Kenya to look into the issue:

“During the 2008 Democratic primary, Sid Blumenthal visited the Washington Bureau of McClatchy Co.,” Asher said in an email Friday to McClatchy, noting that he was at the time the investigative editor and in charge of Africa coverage.

“During that meeting, Mr. Blumenthal and I met together in my office and he strongly urged me to investigate the exact place of President Obama’s birth, which he suggested was in Kenya. We assigned a reporter to go to Kenya, and that reporter determined that the allegation was false.

“At the time of Mr. Blumenthal’s conversation with me, there had been a few news articles published in various outlets reporting on rumors about Obama’s birthplace. While Mr. Blumenthal offered no concrete proof of Obama’s Kenyan birth, I felt that, as journalists, we had a responsibility to determine whether or not those rumors were true. They were not.”

Now, Hillary Clinton is trying to pin the birther conspiracy on GOP nominee Donald Trump, even though it was her people who actually started it years before.

Naturally, the Democrat-media complex is pushing the party line that neither Clinton nor her team had anything to do with the controversy.

But Jake Tapper says he’s looking into this:

Can you say “deplorable?”


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