The Birthers Decline

Andrew Sullivan —  May 5 2011 @ 1:41pm


Fallows was wrong:

The number of Americans saying President Obama was born in another country has been sliced in half, according to a new Washington Post poll. In interviews following the public release the president’s “long-form” birth certificate last week, fully 70 percent of Americans say Obama was born in Hawaii, a big bump-up from the 48 percent who said so a year ago. Even more say he was U.S.-born, or call that their best guess, for a total of 86 percent.

We do not live in a post-factual world. And producing valid proof of contested or queried claims is not pointless. The biggest shift in opinion? Among conservative Republicans. If journalists spent more time getting information rather than preening about which information should be dispersed, we'd have fewer conspiracy theories, not more.

And by the way, a note about the current press's disdain for pursuing conspiracy theories. What was Watergate at the beginning of the Washington Post's inquiries – if not a conspiracy theory? There was a conspiracy. And journalism did what it is supposed to do: expose it.

So where are Palin's medical records?