UPDATE: Huffington Post issues correction. | Earlier tonight, Huffington Post reported that Mitt Romney met with WND, a birth conspiracy website, as part of a larger meeting with right-wing bloggers and columnists. Huffington Post since issued a correction and are no longer reporting that WND attended.
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Mitt Romney Courts Writers For Birther Conspiracy Website In Two Hour Private Meeting
Tonight, the Huffington Post reports that Mitt Romney “met for two hours Wednesday with several dozen conservative bloggers, reporters and columnists in an off-the-record gathering at a private Washington, D.C.” Among the attendees: World Net Daily.
World Net Daily is a site that, for the last several years, has been focused on conspiracy theories regarding Barack Obama’s birth. They have published hundreds of articles directly questioning Obama’s eligibility.
Recent headlines include: “Expert: ‘Forger’ of Obama birth record left red herring,” “Nation ‘tearing itself apart’ over presidential eligibility” and “Now it’s time to answer ‘Where’s the REAL Birth Certificate?’”
The headline of the last article, promoting a eBook from conspiracy theorist James Corsi, is also available from WND as a yard sign for $17.95.
This is not the first time Romney has alligned himself with birthers to court the far right. He has deployed Donald Trump, perhaps the nation’s most prominent birther, as a top surrogate for his campaign.
Trump is supporting the investigation of Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who claims the long-form birth certificate Obama released last year is a likely forgery. Arpaio, in turn, has relied on the research of Corsi and others at WND.