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Fuddy's death in crash incites birthers' conspiracy theories

By McClatchy News Services

LAST UPDATED: 07:34 a.m. HST, Dec 13, 2013

When President Barack Obama marched into the White House briefing room with his Hawaii birth certificate in April 2011, he said, "I know that there's going to be a segment of people for which, no matter what we put out, this issue will not be put to rest."

How right he was. The release of his long-form birth certificate did not eliminate the "birther" movement, which contends that Obama was born in Kenya and is therefore ineligible to be president.

Birthers now have seized on Wednesday's plane crash that killed Hawaii Health Director Loretta Fuddy, the woman who verified the authenticity of Obama's birth certificate.

Skeptics turned to social media Thursday to suggest that Obama had played some role in Fuddy's death. Twitter posts included: "The WH tying up loose ends?" "What did she really know?" and "R.I.P. Loretta Fuddy — we'll know the truth about Barack Hussein Obama, regardless."

Donald Trump, a longtime doubter of Obama's birthplace, tweeted, "How amazing, the State Health Director who verified copies of Obama's ‘birth certificate' died in plane crash today. All others lived."

Mark Fenster, University of Florida law professor who wrote a book on conspiracy theories, said adherents will search for evidence to support their beliefs, and each piece of news can give their theory new life.

"The theories themselves are a process of stitching together individual facts to form a larger narrative, and this is just one more fact that gets linked to the chain," Fenster said.

Fuddy had been the state's public health director since March 2011. She approved the release of Obama's long-form birth certificate, which is not a public document in Hawaii, at his lawyers' request.

For Orly Taitz, the leading birther litigator who has argued in several federal courts that Obama isn't a natural-born American, the sole fatality was too much of a coincidence.

"Attorney Taitz calls on 8 courts and judges who received her cases to rule expeditiously on the merits and review the evidence of forgery and theft in Obama's IDs before more people die in strange accidents," she said on her website. Taitz has yet to win a case in the matter.


Soumya Karlamangla, Los Angeles Times

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LMO wrote:
How sad that these nuts would seize a tragedy to get their 15 minutes of fame.
on December 13,2013 | 02:03AM
mitt_grund wrote:
Hope they do the same with Tea Party's Senator Ted Cruz, who was really and actually born in Canada of an American mother and Cuban father. Same situation except Canada is basically a "white", "Euro" nation as opposed to the Tea Party tale of a supposed Kenyan birth for Obama. Or is it because U.S. considers Canada as a U.S. suburban community?

And there is Senator McCain who was born in Panama. Was he born in the U.S.-occupied canal zone or the Panama portion of the country? But of course, he is considered automatically American because his father was an admiral.

Only explanation is racism. Just pure racism, the same that delightfully depicts the President as an ape.

"Birthism" ignores the fact that nowadays, the interpretation of the Constitution now considers that a person with one American parent as "natural born" in America.

on December 13,2013 | 06:37AM
inHilo wrote:
"...we'll know the truth about Barack Hussein Obama, regardless." Translation: Regardless of what the truth is, we'll believe what we want to believe.
on December 13,2013 | 04:10AM
inHilo wrote:
Sorry to be commenting twice but this story is wacky. Here's Trump: "How amazing, the State Health Director who verified copies of Obama's ‘birth certificate' died in plane crash today. All others lived." Yes, amazing, nothing odd ever happens in a plane crash. Must've been a plan by one of the survivors. Or all of the survivors? Makes me wonder how we survive with people like Trump wandering around making up stories and selling them as truth.
on December 13,2013 | 04:25AM
Makapuu4 wrote:
There is nothing weirder than a whacky tbgr birther. They just don't make enough tinfoil to help these knuckleheads.
on December 13,2013 | 05:05AM
BluesBreaker wrote:
Where are all the right-wing commenters? Very conspicuous by their absence.

The Tea Party just lost big in the budget vote. It looks like their days of influence are numbered. Behavior like the promotion of these conspiracy theories reveals how untethered from reality they are.

on December 13,2013 | 05:28AM
hanalei395 wrote:
There were a couple of Birthers who posted yesterday, right after when the news first broke, spewing their hatred of Obama, and using the passing of Loretta Fuddy for their "conspiracy theories".
on December 13,2013 | 06:02AM
Hank13 wrote:
Sad reason to bring up an old subject. One has to wonder why the certificate was not presented as soon as the doubters raised there heads in '08? Why would anyone with nothing to hide, not produce it right away and shut everyone up? The government can perform miracles if given the time.
on December 13,2013 | 06:31AM
Makapuu4 wrote:
Hank13, closet birther, gradually wiggles his way out of the closet. Another tbgr trying to deny the facts. The problem was not that it wasn't produced, it was. The problem was that tbgrs just cannot accept facts.
on December 13,2013 | 06:47AM
hanalei395 wrote:
The birth certificate was presented before Obama was elected Pres., and then again, with the long form version. At BOTH TIMES, Birthers called it a "fake". And while you're embarrassed by these Birthers ("shut everyone up") .....Democrats are loving it.
on December 13,2013 | 07:08AM
Slow wrote:
Does Michael W. Limbaugh...I mean Perry, believe Barack Obama was born here? WHen I lived on Oahu I was surprised to tune and after several years to find out "Uncle Mikey" had become a right wing propaganda dunce.
on December 13,2013 | 06:56AM
Grimbold wrote:
Can the birthers even get more ridiculous?
on December 13,2013 | 07:09AM
Makapuu4 wrote:
Yes. It is the only thing that they are even marginally good at.
on December 13,2013 | 07:19AM
squigly wrote:
Birthers are claiming a conspiracy? Since they were the ones to bring up the subject, has anyone given any thought that if there was a conspiracy, it was the birthers who conspired to kill Fuddy for her role in authenticating the "fake" birth certificate and are now saying it is a government cover-up?
on December 13,2013 | 08:01AM
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