The Daily Pen blog has been caught lying again. At least this time they admitted they lied and conceded that their blog is irrelevant. The astonishing admission came in a comment by Penbrook Johannson, one of the two frequent contributors to the Daily Pen. The article in question, written by Dan Crosby, had this glaring headline: OBAMA LAWYER ADMITS FORGERY BUT DISREGARDS “IMAGE” AS INDICATION OF OBAMA’S INELIGIBILITY. The subject of the article was the recent ballot challenge hearing in New Jersey where Birther Attorney Mario Apuzzo argued unsuccessfully on behalf of objectors Nick Pupura and Ted Moran that President Obama needed to prove that he was born in Hawaii and that he was not a natural born citizen because his father was not a United States citizen at the time of his birth. Administrative Law Judge Jeff Masin quickly ruled against the silly arguments set forth by failed Attorney Apuzzo and issued a written opinion the next day. The New Jersey Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of State, Kim Guadagno, quickly adopted the findings and certified President Barack Obama as the only Democratic candidate to appear on the June 5th primary ballot.
This is what the Daily Pen author Crosby wrote:
After a Maricopa County law enforcement agency conducted a six-month forensic examination which determined that the image of Obama’s alleged 1961 Certificate of Live Birth posted to a government website in April, 2011 is a digital fabrication and that it did not originate from a genuine paper document, arguments from an Obama eligibility lawyer during a recent New Jersey ballot challenge hearing reveals the image was not only a fabrication, but that it was likely part of a contrived plot by counterfeiters to endow Obama with mere political support while simultaneously making the image intentionally appear absurd and, therefore, invalid as evidence toward proving Obama’s ineligibility in a court of law.
Obama’s lawyer, Alexandra Hill, agreed with arguments that the image of Obama’s birth certificate was a forgery and made the absurd claim that, therefore, it cannot be used as evidence to confirm his lack of natural born citizenship status. Therefore, she argued, it is “irrelevant to his placement on the ballot”.
Several commenters on the Daily Pen article pointed out that at no time during the almost three hour long hearing did the attorney Hill who represented the President at the hearing say that anything was a forgery. Apparently, the author, Dan Crosby, was referring to an exchange that occurred when Apuzzo attempted to call a Brian Wilcox to testify as an “expert on computer images”. Ms Hill objected because she said that nothing in the way of a birth certificate, computer image or paper copy, had been submitted to the Secretary of State. Nothing was submitted because the law did not require it and the SoS did not request it. In a reply to one of the comments Daily Pen’s other
liar contributor, Penbrook Johannson who posts as “Penbrook One” replied to “Booda” (himself a Birther) who had pointed out the Daily Pen lie with this reply:
Thank you for taking time to read our little blog. However, I am constantly bewildered by how veracious individuals apply their passions to verify the facts stated by an irrelevant blog, yet refuse to verify the facts stated by the alleged PRESIDENT OF THE U.S.!
Booda then replied:
I have serious doubts…No, I don’t believe the birth certificate is real. I believe it is a poorly made forgery. I also think the President should be mandated to use executive power to release the birth certificate or Congress should demand the release themselves. The point I’m making is that fabricating a story only demeans the cause that I am active in. Your lies don’t help. I don’t feel the need to rise to meet your challange.[sic] I have probably done more than you in regards to lobbying for the truth.
Then Penbrook One finally conceded that they had lied:
We are not in competition for the truth and therefore humbly submit to your authority and expertise.
Not in competition for the truth? The Daily Pen isn’t even in the same ball park as the truth. This was not the first time the Daily Pen got caught in a big whopper. Just a few weeks ago Penbrook Johansson himself got caught photoshopping an image from a table in a report from the INS. The forgery was subtle but completely change the meaning of the statistics. The latest Daily Pen lie has been recycled throughout Birfistan including ORYR, The Tea Party Tribune, and Before It’s News. ORYR fell for the lie and posted Dan Crosby’s article. However, several folks pointed out to ORYR that Crosby was fibbing and that Ms Hill never uttered the word forgery during the entire hearing. ORYR was content to leave the headline even though they also came to the conclusion that the Daily Pen was lying. They added a small update at the end of the article:
UPDATE: After re-watching the 3+ hour hearing there is no admission that the birth certificate is a forgery by Obama’s paid lackey. Where Dan Crosby heard that who knows. You will have to follow the link and ask him. Aside from this one sentence, “Obama’s lawyer, Alexandra Hill, admitted that the image of Obama’s birth certificate was a forgery“, the rest of the opinion piece is spot-on
I see, even though the headline of the article is a blatant falsehood we love the article so we will run with it and leave the correction buried at the bottom.
Doctor Conspiracy has caught the Daily Pen in the act of spinning, photoshopping, and outright lies several times. Check the following articles:
- Lies, damned lies, and statistics (Part 1)
- Lies, damned lies, and statistics (Part 2)
- Pen spills ink, makes mess (updated)
A full list of articles Obama Conspiracy Theories debunking The Daily Pen may be found here.
Finally, on every page at the Daily Pen blog a “Prayer for Our Nation” is displayed underneath a photo of the President’s long form birth certificate. The prayer says in part:
... Father, what shall we do without you? Please protect us! Set us free with the knowing of the truth, by the ransom paid with the shedding of blood of those before us. My God, my God…You are our only Father. If You do not defend us … who will? Why do You delay? Why are You withholding Your defense of Your children? In the name of Christ, our King, come Lord and shed light into this dark place. Reveal the Kingdom against the deceptions of this hateful blood. …
I think I know where the dark place is with the deceptions of this hateful blood. They do not need to look very far at the Daily Pen. A mirror is all they need.