Once you get to know the “birthers,” you become aware that a singular trait that they all share is a chronic and indefatigable laziness. After all, what they are entirely about is alleging a vast, kooky-ass conspiracy involving Barack Obama and his family and 40 years worth of government officials, and then sitting back and whining about how the media won’t make any effort to go out and substantiate their bonkersauce claims. So when I heard that the birthers at WorldNetDaily were making a movie, my first thought was, “Wow. Where did they summon up the energy to actually leave their paranoiac sweat-lodges and go out into the world, pointing cameras at things?” It just seemed a little too “pro-active” for them.
So naturally I’m not surprised to learn that they took huge shortcuts in the making of their documentary, A Question Of Eligibility. Nor am I stunned to learn that the short-cuts taken were patently absurd ones.
For starters, less than half of the film deals with the conspiracy theories about Obama’s birth. Most of the footage is taken from cable news coverage of the president’s election and first months in office. At the height of its sloppiness, the producers use, in its entirety, a video that Media Matters put together to mock Fox News coverage of the president’s first 100 days. You can spot the rip-off because the blue bars and white text that Media Matters mark the 100 days with are still on the screen. Where the liberal group meant to mock the hyperbolic rhetoric of Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, and the rest of the network’s line-up, WND treats this like pages from the Gospels.
Weigel also points out that the film hangs more or less on interviews with Jerome Corsi, Alan Keyes, and Janet Porter — a clear indication that this is the political documentary equivalent of Harry Potter slashfic.
Birther Commander Cuckoo Bananas Supreme Orly Taitz “only appears in ambient audio clips.” Granted, that does sound a little horrifying.
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