After Birthers: The Layering Conspiracy

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    After Birthers: The Layering Conspiracy

    Unbelievable, we actually, considering the people we are talking about I suppose this is quite believable.


    In a predictable turn, conspiracy theorists are now rallying behind a bogus claim that President Obama's long form birth certificate is a Photoshopped forgery -- with a huge helping hand from one of conservative media's biggest names.

    The fringe theory's rapid spread within hours of the certificate's release presents almost a perfect example of one of the White House's justifications for taking on the birther issue -- namely, that thanks to the internet, conspiracy theories can migrate quickly from the fringe and into the mainstream if left unchecked.

    In this case, it took only hours. The forgery claim appeared to have first started as an offbeat blog post from an Atlanta-based art director at an ad firm, Bryan Michael Nixon, less than two hours after Obama's statement. By the end of the day it had become a headline on Drudge Report, one of the single most trafficked news sites on the internet. The debunked forgery revelation drew thousands of comments on messageboards, migrated to birther and truther conspiracy guru Alex Jones' site, while a video explanation was viewed over 160,000 times on YouTube.

    The basis for the forgery claim lay in a basic misunderstanding of how computer image formats work. Nixon observed in his post that the PDF file of Obama's long form birth certificate could be broken down into "layers," including a background and separate foreground text. "This in no way proves that anything on it is fake, but only that the document from the WH was composed of multiple elements," he wrote. "How to interpret it is up to the viewer."

    Of course, viewers who didn't let President Obama's short form birth certificate derail their birther fantasies back in 2008 interpreted it exactly as you'd expect, spreading the "layering" claim on sites like conservative messageboard FreeRepublic as proof it was faked.

    In fact, the effect was not a sign of foul play at all, but a common attribute of PDF files containing text as an image. On many PDFs, a feature called OCR (optical character recognition) recognizes the letters in the image and separates them into their own layer. This explains why you're able to highlight and copy raw text from some PDF files even though it's actually not a word processing document.

    The conservative news site National Review Online received so many e-mails from their readers on the "layer" theory that they looked into it and issued their own thorough debunking. To demonstrate that the long form release was nothing unusual, NRO scanned a copy of their own magazine cover into a PDF file, easily recreating the same layer effect in Adobe Illustrator.

    As TPM has documented, birthers have wasted no time in promoting alternate theories undermining the president's legitimacy since the release of the long form birth certificate.

     
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    It's so simple amigo..

    This trick was conceived by Obama. A media eye grabber he could throw out there whenever he needed distraction from his utter and complete failures as a leader.

    The conspiracy was Obamas. I salute the POS-OTUS !
     
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    Lie detector test may be the only way for Obama to prove his citizenship.  What's he waiting for ?
     
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    In Response to Re: After Birthers: The Layering Conspiracy:
    [QUOTE]Lie detector test may be the only way for Obama to prove his citizenship.  What's he waiting for ?
    Posted by ThinkSnow99[/QUOTE]

    He told Oprah that he remembered being born. That should be proof enough, docha think?

    Seriously, I'm still wondering about the registrar dude being named U K L Lee. If that was the guy's real name his parents had a lot of splaynin to do...
     
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    This one IS the best.
    He would fool any lie detector.
     
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    In a predictable turn, progressives obsessed with this issue are publicizing fringe conspiracy theorists , in the hope to flog this to the 2012  election, and claim that all opposition to their failing President is by racist kooks.
     
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    In Response to Re: After Birthers: The Layering Conspiracy:
    [QUOTE]In a predictable turn, progressives obsessed with this issue are publicizing fringe conspiracy theorists , in the hope to flog this to the 2012  election, and claim that all opposition to their failing President is by racist kooks.
    Posted by BobinVa[/QUOTE]

    BS.  Why was it headlined on Drudge then?  The most prominent right-leaning aggregator on the web has been serving up raw meat to the base on this issue since the beginning.  

    The racist birthers and sundry obama-haters like yourself are all wetting their pants as their flawed arguments crumble beneath the weight of their hypocrisy.
     
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    In Response to Re: After Birthers: The Layering Conspiracy:
    [QUOTE]Thanks for posting that. I was looking for a rational explanation. Maybe you can clear up something else too. There was talk that a Dr. West delivered baby Barack, but the birth certificate shows a Dr. Sinclair or something like that. THe Dr. West identity was on Snopes.com as evidence that Obama was born in HI. Snopes is usually pretty good so I am curious if you have heard or seen anything about the discrepancy.
    Posted by Newtster[/QUOTE]

    Really?

    Read it again.  The signature is attesting that the baby (Obama) was born alive, in accordance with the detail on the certificate, not that the doctor who signed DELIVERED the baby. 
     
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    In Response to Re: After Birthers: The Layering Conspiracy:
    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: After Birthers: The Layering Conspiracy : BS.  Why was it headlined on Drudge then?  The most prominent right-leaning aggregator on the web has been serving up raw meat to the base on this issue since the beginning.   The racist birthers and sundry obama-haters like yourself are all wetting their pants as their flawed arguments crumble beneath the weight of their hypocrisy.
    Posted by MattyScornD[/QUOTE]

    Like the leading leftie intellectual Andrew Sullivan and the moonbat blogs flog the 'Trig Truther' issue, serving up raw meat to deranged Palin haters like you who have expressed 'doubts' about who gave birth to Trig Palin. Strange bizarre circumstances and such, you mentioned....
    Do you still want to see Trig Palin's birth certificate? 
     
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    None of this is a surprise; the ones who don't Obama accept Obama as the legitimate president are as wacky as the the ones who wouldn't accept Bush as the legitimate president.  Too many just search for shreds of evidence to support their position. As opposed to looking at evidence to develop an opinion.
     
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    In Response to Re: After Birthers: The Layering Conspiracy:
    [QUOTE]None of this is a surprise; the ones who don't Obama accept Obama as the legitimate president are as wacky as the the ones who wouldn't accept Bush as the legitimate president.  Too many just search for shreds of evidence to support their position. As opposed to looking at evidence to develop an opinion.
    Posted by massmoderateJoe[/QUOTE]

    Well at least Bush v. Gore had some liberal dissenting justices who read the facts and law a different way than the majority.  There are no facts or law supporting the Birther types.  They invented a theory out of thin air.
     
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    some liberal dissenting justices who read the facts and law a different way than the majority

    Don't they always...
     
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    Why can't everyone see through this? Obama forged not only the short form, but the long term. He got all those state officials in Hawaii to go along with it. He even got the governor to lie about it, saying he remembers the day he was born.

    Obviously this plan was well in the making  because the grandparents had enough foresight to put two phoney birth announcements in the Honolulu newspaper. Clearly they knew he'd run for president one day.

    Furthermore, 9/11 was an inside job and Elvis and Jim Morrison share a condo in Vegas.

     

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