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Bluebear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 03:48 PM
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Trump brings media blitz to NBC, ‘steamrolls’ Meredith Vieira on birther issue
As reports that Meredith Vieira is planning an exit from NBC's "Today Show" swirl, the anchor has sparked controversy over her failure to question a number of unsubstantiated challenges to the U.S. citizenship of President Barack Obama that Donald Trump floated in an interview with Vieira this morning...

When the issue came up on "Today"--which airs on the same network as Trump's "Celebrity Apprentice"--Vieira didn't exactly hold his feet to the fire.

"His grandmother in Kenya said he was born in Kenya and she was there and witnessed the birth," said Trump, reiterating a claim that has been proven false, as Vieira sat by silently. "Trump simply steamrolled over her challenges, for instance, on Hawaii's policy as to what birth documents it makes available," writes Time's James Poniewozik. "But she also let him make the claim that Obama's grandmother said she saw him born in Kenya--an old, and long-debunked, chestnut of birthers that ranks up there with the fake Mombassa birth certificate--without questioning it. So now millions of Today viewers are invited to take it as fact."

A spokeswoman for the "Today Show" did not respond to a request seeking comment on whether Vieira felt that she had adequately pressed Trump on his claims. But judging by how some of her peers in TV news have handled Trump in the same situation, she appears to have failed.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_thecutline/20110407/ts_yb...
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chelsea0011 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 04:09 PM
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1. The two Hawaii newspapers that carried his birth announcement should be all that matters
Edited on Thu Apr-07-11 04:09 PM by chelsea0011
It makes no sense for that to happen if he wasn't born there. But sense is the wrong word for this crowd. And Trump would wither when his whole life becomes an open book if he announces for President (which he will never do. It is all a ruse to increase ratings in his stupid TV show)
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blondeatlast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 04:14 PM
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2. Just when all of my solidly middle-class redneck neighbors were finally
giving up this dumbshittery.

Thanks, Ms. Viera. You've made my life soooo much easier. :sarcasm:
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PatGund Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 04:29 PM
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3. Something to keep in mind
Meredith Vieira is the sister of right-wing birther and "legal expert" Edwin Vieira Jr., who's popular along with Devvy Kidd at "News With Views". His writings have been cited by Dr. Orly Taitz and other birtherstani as well.
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Bluebear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-08-11 12:11 AM
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4. I thought she was smarter than this
Evidently not!
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GoneOffShore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-08-11 12:14 AM
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5. Would someone please just smack the Donald?
Anybody?

Please?
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