We now have a clear precedent of a public official not just producing the core document to disprove a conspiracy theory, but further documents to back himself up. Here’s the audio transcript – from a must-read post by Philip Munger – where Palin first says she agrees with this kind of public scrutiny and transparency – and claims she has produced a birth certificate for her son – when she hasn’t. She doubled down on this position yesterday on her propaganda channel, Fox, interviewed by the wife of her lawyer, Greta van Susteren. Here’s her take in December 2009. On Obama’s birth certificate:

HUMPHRIES: Would you make the birth certificate an issue if you ran?

PALIN: Um, I think the public, rightfully, is still making it an issue. I don’t have a problem with that. I don’t know if I would have to bother to make it an issue, because I think enough members of the electorate still want answers.

HUMPHRIES: Do you think it’s a fair question to be looking at?

PALIN: I think it’s a fair question…

And on the equivalent test applied to her:

HUMPHRIES: I mean, truly, if your past is fair game and your kids are fair game, certainly Obama’s past should be. I mean, we want to treat men and women equally, right?

PALIN: Hey, you know, that’s a great point. That weird conspiracy theory freaky thing that people talk about, that Trig isn’t my real son, a lot of people say, “Well, you need to produce his birth certificate, you need to prove that he’s your kid,” which we have done, but yeah, so maybe we should reverse that and use the same type of thinking on the other one.

My italics. But even when a public official says she has produced medical records and a birth certificate to prove her maternity (and has no objection to the process), and she hasn’t, the MSM refuses to ask for them and stigmatizes those who do.

Can we at least be consistent here? Can the press actually demand maximum available, empirical information related to all empirical questions surrounding public figures rather than inhibiting their release?