HH: Now the second story, the birthers. Today, the National Review joined me, Michael Medved, most every center-right responsible conservative I know in denouncing the idea that the President isn’t a citizen. But yet this story continues to have legs. Today, the Hawaii guy came out and said again no, we’ve got his birth certificate. How long does this go on, Howard? And do you sense that the media is, and by that I mean mainstream media, is having fun with this because it has the potential to embarrass some conservatives because of the, in the way that the truthers embarrassed some Democrats?
HK: Probably in some quarters. I applaud the conservative who have stood up and said basically, this is whacko stuff, there’s not a shred of evidence, I don’t want to associate with these folks. I don’t understand why this has gotten so much prominence particularly on cable television in the first place. If we make a judgment as journalists that this is basically a lot of garbage, then why do we have to spend a lot of time flogging this horse? Now the guy who has been flogging it the most, it seems to me, is Chris Matthews on MSNBC. And while I agree with his general point of view on this, which is that it is a load of baloney, he, I don’t think there’s been one show in the last seven where he hasn’t dragged somebody on, G. Gordon Liddy or whoever, in order to beat up on that person.
Ugh. Matthews discusses the birther bullshit in order to puncture it. Dobbs simply wants to propagate it.
Kurtz knows this, of course, so why not mention it? Cowardice?