President Obama was not born in America? 42% of Americans have absorbed the Birther movement’s conspiracy meme

This statistic, cited at Slate today, makes me despair of a lot of Americans’ basic sense of proportion and rationality. The Iagos in right wing radio and at Fox News must be laughing their asses off:

A recent New York Times/CBS News poll found that only 58 percent of Americans believe Obama was born in the United States.

I guess you do get to make up your own facts. The reality, for the fair minded, is here.

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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