Spencer Kornhaber misleads about Obama citizenship issue (+a challenge)
Spencer Kornhaber of the OCWeekly offers "Meet Orly Taitz, Queen Bee of People Obsessed With Barack Obama's Birth Certificate" (ocweekly.com/2009-06-18/news/orly-taitz). Taitz certainly seems to be a bit of work and she might actually have had an impact if she had simply concentrated on the facts; see my completely fact-based Obama citizenship summary for my coverage of this issue.
That said, Kornhaber's article is yet another attempt to smear those who have questions about this issue and lump all who have questions together. And, like all the other "debunking" articles, it's based on misleading claims.
Specifically, Kornhaber lays out Taitz' argument and then says (omitting the parts not covered here):
The problem is most of the above facts aren’t true.
[...] ...The law allowing foreign-born children to obtain Hawaiian COLBs didn’t exist until 20 years after Obama was born, while Obama’s published COLB says his birth information was recorded four days after his birth in 1961.
When the law Kornhabber mentions was passed doesn't matter because it was clearly meant to be retroactive. As discussed at the link, it covered the children of parents who had been "living without the Territory or State of Hawaii ". The Territory of Hawaii was dissolved in 1959.
The fact that it would cover the children of parents who had been living outside the Territory of Hawaii means that it was intended to apply to those born in 1959 and before. And, of course, it was intended to apply to all those born after that date. Thus, Obama was covered under the law. That doesn't mean that Obama or his parents took advantage of the law, it just means that when the law was passed doesn't matter in the current case. (Sorry to spell this out in such detail, I'm doing it in case Obama fans read this).
Also, "Obama’s published COLB" is disputed and it's never been verified by any government agency. That means that what's written on it cannot be relied on. At the present time, it's just a picture on a web page. It probably hasn't been modified, but it's sloppy thinking to assume it must be accurate.
Finally, here's a challenge for Kornhaber: pick up the phone, call Hawaii, ask them the questions at this link, and then publish a full recounting of their response. I even provide the name of the person to speak to, their phone number, and the questions that could clear all this up. I have a feeling that, like other hacks who've misled about this issue, Kornhaber isn't going to be up to that challenge.