The Birther Whitewash

Andrew Sullivan —  Apr 13 2011 @ 5:41pm

A reader writes:

I don't know if this is exactly a dissent, but yesterday's Yglesias award to Ann Coulter for being a voice of reason? Bullshit. There's nothing brave going on here. This is the beginning of the whitewashing of the establishment right's culpability in the spreading of birtherism.  

Ann said, "Every responsible conservative organization to look at it has shot it down, which is why you normally hear it being talked about exclusively on the liberal stations." Really? Then Hannity says, "One of the main people demanding it (Obama's birth certificate) be released is Chris Mathews." Really??!   Coulter goes on to say, "You haven't heard it (birther conspiracies) on Fox News…" REALLY!??!

They're blaming Hillary Clinton, the liberal media and the Obama administration for the spreading of this crap. Not Rush Limbaugh. Not Glenn Beck. Not Fox News. Not themselves. And I'm afraid this is only the beginning.