After Breitbart.com and the Drudge Report ran with headlines indicating Barack Obama’s own literary agent described Obama as having been born in Kenya as part of a brief bio published in 1991 and then used until 2007, the Mainstream Media is promptly attempting damage control for the embattled president.
Yahoo News Blog was among the first to publish a dismissive response to the “Born in Kenya” information that had been placed into a 1991 publication by Barack Obama’s own literary agency. Their report is now being picked up by ABC News and other media outlets and repeated verbatim. Yahoo dismissed what it deemed an error as a source of further “Birther” conspiracies that continue to plague Barack Obama:
Obama’s former literary agency misidentified his birthplace as Kenya while trying to promote the then-Harvard Law grad as an author in 1991.
According to a promotional booklet produced by the agency, Acton & Dystel, to showcase its roster of writers, Obama was “born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii.”
Miriam Goderich edited the text of the bio; she is now a partner at the Dystel & Goderich agency, which lists Obama as one of its current clients.
“This was nothing more than a fact checking error by me–an agency assistant at the time,” Goderich wrote in an emailed statement to Yahoo News. “There was never any information given to us by Obama in any of his correspondence or other communications suggesting in any way that he was born in Kenya and not Hawaii. I hope you can communicate to your readers that this was a simple mistake and nothing more.” LINK
The White House has yet to respond directly to this latest controversy – but why would it? With so many in the media willing to come to Barack Obama’s defense, such a response is to this point, entirely unnecessary.