After Yahoo! News White House reporter Rachel Rose Hartman “outed” herself earlier this evening as a birther with a piece referring to President Obama’s African country of origin, her Twitter feed has been quiet. She might be away from the computer (it happens), or she might have gone into hiding until Yahoo! finds some way to blame Fox News for the error. Liberal news outlets are used to letting things like this blow over, but Hartman compounded her sin by addressing the cost of the first family’s Africa trip.

Full disclosure: we at Twitchy have no idea what happened at Yahoo! News or who was responsible for the correction. But it takes only a simple Google search to turn up an article by Hartman, published in 2011, in which she takes on birthers head on and notes that Obama “has faced a relentless campaign questioning his U.S. citizenship — and thereby the legitimacy of his presidency — that has disregarded the facts.” [emphasis added]

So what’s fueling the dogged questioning of Obama’s origins? Many critics of the birther movement say its core tenets–and its stubborn resistance to evidence disproving those beliefs–can be traced to racial hostilities. The fundamental birtherist conviction, these critics say, is that an African-American can’t have legitimately won the presidency–and that his elevation to power therefore has to be the result of an elaborate subterfuge.

“There is a real deep-seated and vicious racism at work here in terms of trying to de-legitimate the president,” Peniel Joseph, a professor of history at Tufts University, told The Ticket.

“This is more than just a conspiracy,” Joseph added. “I think this is fundamentally connected to a conception of white supremacist democracy in this country.”

The same writer who defended Obama against birthers in 2011 could use some backup herself.

  • Heather


    • Elaine

      I know, right? Now I understand the meaning of ‘Freudian slip.’ HAHA This is classic.

    • jukin

      This is the world renowned “Liberal Tolerance.”

  • Cy

    Can I just say how much I hate the self righteous ignorance? “You’re a birther so everything you’ve ever written is BS!” Really? Even if she was, which she isn’t by the way, what if she wrote an article about how great Obamacare is? That’s BS too? Awesome! So can we expect you at the next repeal rally?

    Seriously wish people would take two seconds and think about the garbage that comes out of their mouths (or keyboards) before they say/type it.

    • grais

      It’s how children and hysterics react. They cannot wait for facts or explanations; they have no use for them. They’re completely self-absorbed; their judgements are all-important. Afterall, they have some followers on Twitter…how can they not be all-important? The only difference between them and actual children is that children are often forgiving.
      Sad, sad, little partial-people.

      • Finrod Felagund

        This, exactly.

      • Joe W.


      • Jackson MacDougal

        What exactly are the facts Grais? Reporters make mistakes but obviously stating in an article about the president’s trip that he won’t be visiting his birthplace, it was no mistake. So to what facts are you referring?

        • Moto

          “So to what facts are you referring?”

          The facts that are being referred to are right there in the article. Reading comprehension,much?

          Same chick was spouting all the “Fucking birther, I’ll kill you!”
          hysterical crap that you are,right now,in the grips of your witch-burning frenzy.

          The facts are that those who stoke the fires of moral panics like this one WILL eventually be burnt upon them themselves. One day, YOU will be the one being pilloried for the fake racism that you have attributed to anyone who takes Obama at his word when he says “My Muslim faith” and spends lots of money on book jackets that say he was born in Kenya.

          The facts,Sparky, are that Rachel Hartman,who defended Obama’s lies and said all the same things you people are saying right now, is you a year or two years from now, if you’re lucky.

          Fact: Those who stoke the fires of moral panics, in which a simple accusation is all the proof needed for evidence of some moral wrongdoing, WILL BURN ON THEM THEMSELVES.

          How’s that for a fact?

          Catch you on the flipside.

    • RanierWest

      mobs can’t help themselves. they have a pavlovian impulse they can’t resist.

      • Elaine

        Notice that because this WH reporter is white, there’s no forgiveness here? Let’s you see the real racists, no?

  • BoscoBolt

    Geez – what are the obama zombies whining about? Come on – what difference, at this point, does it make whether obama was born in Kenya (as his grandmother and uncle claim) or the United States (as he claims)? Either way, it’s not like it will change anything.

    • RanierWest

      yea, he’s already destroyed America. WDATPDIM?

    • ObamaRelease YourRecords

      Actually, Obama claimed Kenya as his birthplace from 1991-2007. As did Michelle and numerous other folks:

    • vladdy1

      No, but it does lend even more credence to the idea that he is…well, to put it politely in this age of PC…not quite on the up and up?

      • Rachel

        Are you trying to say he’s an effing liar? Well….he is.

  • Tabitha Bliss

    Hey if ya don’t want people to speculate about your being from other countries, probably best to refrain from presenting a forged BC as your own.. Just sayin’

    • Jackson MacDougal

      We have a black president and the only way you can make yourself feel ok with that is to claim he wasn’t born in US which is an outrageous lie that even most Republicans have acknowledged. Seek help Tabitha and get it.

  • Stone Bryson

    It’s nice to see progressives eat one of their own. Tasty, even…

    • ObamaFail

      They can’t stand to see someone get off their knees in Obama’s presence.

  • LinTaylor

    Notice how quickly the left devours its own at the first sign of dissent – whether real or not.

  • ObamaRelease YourRecords
  • ObamaVoters

    Maybe she used the bio, from promo material of Obama’s first book, as the source for her article.

    • sybilll

      Astute observation. I had forgotten about that.

  • ObamaFail

    I love when liberals accuse Fox News of being racist. Because it’s never based in fact, it’s based on them being upset that Fox News isn’t bending over and taking it from Obama as hard as he can give it like MSDNC and CNN and any other lapdog “News” source. Yet they gloss over or completely ignore blatant racism from liberal outlets. If Fox News were Obama lapdogs, the libs would be boasting about how they are #1 on cable. But since they don’t sip from the communal Kool-Aid trough, they’re RACIST!!!!!!!

    • ObamaRelease YourRecords

      The fact is FOX News for the most part evades the Obama Identity Document Fraud and Article II Eligibility issue. The only time FOX News “reports” about the Obama Fraud issue they tow the line of the Rabid Left and attack so-called “Birthers”…. They NEVER allow the opposing view on to refute their lies or even discuss the issue in a civil manner. In fact, there is a blanket blackout on the issue at all levels including conservative newsers/sites. They never give “our side” any time or even an email. They just attack. Those are the facts. As to why the RL throw FOX News into the mix is beyond me. Dozens of FOX News “reports” on the Mystery Man named Obama a.k.a. Soetoro prove otherwise:

    • Finrod Felagund

      As I’ve heard it said, the 21st Century definition of a racist is anyone who is winning an argument with a liberal.

  • ObamaFail

    The liberal guide to arguing

    • Vernon Davis

      This should be printed on the front page of every major newspaper in America.

  • Garth Haycock

    Such a tolerant group the regressives are.

  • LeighLeigh

    Surely, as an Obama supporter, she meant to say “his father’s” country of origin and just had a slip of some kind…..what is the big deal? Regressives are such angry little people always waiting to bitch about something because RACISM!

  • ChHarrison

    “When we took our trip to Africa and visited his home country of Kenya,…” Michelle Obama addressing AIDS testing to an audience of LGBT delegates at the Democrat Party Convention. Everybody pile on!

    • Hiraghm

      I wonder if they visited Enoosaen?

    • robert anthony

      Excellent point…but you don’t expect Obamabots to actually have memories, awareness, and introspection do you?

  • gracepmc

    With this and the Paula Dean debacle we see the self righteousness of the mob. What’s next America, heads on a stick or show trials?

    • journogal


  • Captain America

    leftist toolbags.

  • Kenneth James Abbott

    Looks like Rachel made herself the darling of the mob by slandering Birthers as racist. Now they’ve turned on her, and I can’t help but laugh.

    “If ever you become a hero to the mob, remember this–every man who cheers you carries in his belt the knife of an assassin.”
    –Louis L’Amour.

  • 1972patriot

    Oh boy, Obama sent out his obot mercenaries in full force to stomp out this threat, aye?

    • robert anthony


  • Quittin’ time at Tara!

    The cannibals feast on their own. Kind of a scary group.

  • Joel A. Edge

    Sorry Ms. Hartman. Off to the headsman for you.

    • vladdy1

      Off to the IRS! Think they bought all that ammo for nothing?

  • journogal

    Wonder how they will react when the original birther, Hilary Clinton formally announces her candidacy for President? Oh, that right’s, they are too ignorant and unwillingly to do any independent research to find out how “birthers” really began. Also, I wonder if they know screeching “racism” and calling someone “racist” means absolutely nothing anymore, given how much they’ve overused it.

    • michael s

      That’s why she’s not getting my vote. Screeching racism calling someone racist means absolutely nothing anymore. Remember this the next time someone tells Nikki Haley to go back to where she came from,or the next time someone questions McConell’s dealings due to his Chinese wife,or the next time Sen Scott,Dr Carson are called tokens or the next time Stacey Dash is vilified because of who she votes for or the next time Maher says Herman Cain will enjoy being at Fox news with all them fine a– white women.

      • Joe W.


      • PennyRobinsonFanClub

        Poor little leftards have to deny the REAL racism because it’s almost all from them.

      • Vernon Davis

        I sure wish we had Herman Cain in the WH, I would feel a lot safer. And I think America would be a whole lot better off.

      • mike_in_kosovo

        Screeching racism calling someone racist means absolutely nothing anymore.

        Damn…how are you and rinodino going to survive? Calling conservatives racist is 90% of y’alls’ schtick.

    • screamingmad

      Exactly right. We not longer have a word for true racism, which is a terrible thing.

    • vladdy1

      A few other words we need to retire, since the left invented them for propaganda purposes;;;;”birther” — why should we use slurs against ourselves? And my fave, “Google it” in place of “look it up.

      (Read “Google: Search and Destroy” and then pray you aren’t too prone to nightmares — disregarding the one we live in, that is, where an African muslim who has sworn allegiance to the brotherhood has taken over our country and destroyed it all the way from failing banks to “knock-out king” as a common pastime — while using our blood and treasure to promote sharia and the Caliphate.)

  • michael s

    She deserves every comment said about her. If the removal of helen thomas from journalist circles was just (which it was) then hartman can be removed also.

    • PennyRobinsonFanClub

      See comment below, you DO know that it was Madame Hillary who FIRST raised the question. Should SHE be cast into the outer darkness as well, with weeping and wailing and gnashing of snaggleteeth?

    • Vernon Davis

      Dear old Michael S. that is one of Americas problems, folks tell the truth and
      the Liberals go nuts and want to fire everybody. They call folks racist when they pick on the Pres., and he ain’t even black. White mother, and a Muslim
      dad, that don’t equal a black man.

    • robert anthony

      ‘What difference does it make’? She could always say she isn’t a birther…she just ‘read about it in the paper same as you’ (Obama). Of course, a President can sell guns to Mexican Drug Cartels and abuse government agency to suppress opposition voices in an election cycle…but refer to Kenya as a ‘place of birth’ like his ‘publishers’ biography did for ten years…and get impeached, so to speak, right? Pathetic is spelled michael s.

  • Marcy Cook

    Ooohhhh did someone hit a nerve libbies?

  • Marcy Cook

    What do you want to bet that Sherriffruitfly isn’t white?
    “we white folks”permitting that behavior from othr “white folks” is why it

  • Joe W.

    Truth hurts, eh Obamanauts???

  • ceemack

    I liked the first tweet. It managed to use the word “racist” twice in less than 140 characters.

    We should have a contest for liberals…who can use the word “racist” the most times in 140 characters, while still writing at least semi-complete sentences?

  • YesYesY’all

    There is nothing on Earth more pathetic than a white liberal.

  • ProquciProdesse

    Oh c`mon cousins, ffs, its way past a joke now.. The whole globe knows this cretinous usurper should be arrested already.. GET THE HELL ON WITH IT…

  • What Now?

    I remember reading something about dogs returning to their own vomit and weeping and gnashing of teeth. Where was that at? Oh yeah…the Bible. Hmmm?

  • KansasGirl

    The leftist commies are getting awfully comfortable with their hate speech.
    What’s next…martial law?

  • radicallyalyssa

    I was born in Tennessee. Oh, you want proof? Sure, here’s proof because I actually have a birth certificate.

  • unknown

    And yet, people praised the 9/11 Truthers for fighting to uncover the conspiracy W and his administration created.

  • lexie127

    here it is, baby!! As Jeremiah Wright said, “Obama’s chickens are
    coming home to roost”. Obama is illegally occupying the White House, and
    now we have proof!!

  • vladdy1

    My, they certainly DO base all their reactions on emotion, don’t they?
    Ever notice how they love to use “er”-ending words to describe traditionalists? Bagger, birther, right-winger. Why do you think that is?
    It couldn’t be because it sounds so much like another famous “er” word, could it? One that we’re not allowed to use, even in quoting someone (as in “Huck Finn,”) while they are allowed to call us their own vile and sleazy version of it daily?

    Or perhaps…no, it couldn’t be…that they actually SEE us as (to put it in kindergarten language) “the n word” and this is how they show it, could it?

  • BayouCoyote

    obamacare’s ‘tanning tax’ should cover the cost of the trip so I don’t understand why all of you crackers are upset. Relax, it’s government sanctioned racism at its best & y’all should be happy that they were benevolent enough to cap it at only 10%.

    Besides, who really cares where “Walks like a duck” was hatched? It migrated here & now it’s nesting at 1600 Penn. Get over it!!

    • ah s

      Best comment award! Bravo, take a bow~maybe a, well, Nobel Prize!!!

  • gastorgrab


  • FlatFoot

    Yes. Yes. Eat your own. Good. Good.

    • PennyRobinsonFanClub

      Well done!

  • Ken

    I just read same comments from Brain-washed Brain-Dead people. Very Sad

  • gastorgrab

    If Obama supporters really believed he was born in Hawaii, would they be so defensive?

    They attack the right for being “birthers”, but this suggests that the left may be the worst offenders.

  • kim

    all this anger over people saying he was born in Kenya, yet he spent 20 years telling people he was born in Kenya, and nobody bats an eye at that

  • Andy Vivanco

    Wait, even Kenya believes that Obama was born in Kenya…

  • Vernon Davis

    Poor old Rachel tells the truth about Obama, and the Liberals go nuts. I know they
    can’t stand it when someone slips and tell the truth about Obama, but when a person
    will not show papers from his past, and he spends millions to keep the truth from getting out, then the intelligent folks know that something ain’t right. Mrs Hartman
    stand up for your rights, and tell the crazies to keep on believing the Obama BS.

  • Chris W.

    Why does Obama have a Connecticut social security number?

  • Rachel

    What is it with these pathetic lefties who think everyone who disagrees with their twisted point of view should be FIRED? Insecure, aren’t they.

  • robert anthony

    Eat a lot of dog in Hawaii, do they?

  • ah s

    “@AngryBlackLady @BuzzFeedAndrew @rachelrhartman @sparksjls we white folks permitting that behavior from othr white folks is why it continues”
    How is this now even remotely a race issue? Bizarre, Follow the swinging watch…you are growing sleepy. sleeepy

  • charlesmountain

    Team Arpaio have proven Soetoro’s documents are forged.

    The greatest hoax in history has been perpetrated on the American people.

    Michelle Malkin refuses to address the truth.

  • Janice LEE

    Notice how the truth hurts.
    Ohhh, poor babies.

  • $23180082

    The spit-flecking anger and viciousness of the left used to amaze me… now it just makes me sick. I think those who do most of the spouting off, like these tweets here are mentally ill. And changing the subject for a minute… Paula Deen is a 64 year old Southern white woman. Of COURSE at times in her life she used the “n” word. Does that make it right? No. But does that mean she should be dragged out in public and made to grovel and beg for forgiveness? No to that as well. If I were Paula Deen, my response would have been: “If you think I’m going to crawl on the floor begging forgiveness for this, you’re crazy. I would, of course, rather continue my show, and keep my restaurants open. But I have decided to retire. I will close my restaurants, and everyone who worked for me will be out of a job. No discrimination will be involved; white people, black people, asian people and hispanic people… all of you will be out of work… Why am I doing this? Because f*ck you, that’s why.”

  • Noah

    Wasnt Obama’s father from Kenya?!? wouldnt that correctly make Kenya Obama’s homeland?!?
    If Michelle O can claim that she’s from Ireland because her very distant relative is from there, why is it offensive to mention Kenya as Bammy’s homeland?

    • Ronald Green

      Because that would “Racism! Racism!”

  • jetch

    the logic these people use to interpret birtherism as racism is ridiculous. birthers have their facts and think all opposiving facts are wrong or lies. that’s no different than people who believe bush was a criminal, or 9/11 was an inside job or big foot exists or there are ufos.
    sometimes people just believe what they believe and there isn’t an ulterior motive…

  • Ronald Green

    Certainly funny how foaming at the mouth angry these libs are at one of their own. Just oozes ‘tolerance’, doesn’t it.

  • LochGates44

    Does anyone actually believe the outrage has anything to do with where Obama was born? These people don’t care and many of them would love the idea of a foreign born President.

  • Big Ed

    I love it when Libs eat their own..

  • therantinggeek

    *munches happily on some popcorn*

  • K_

    The fear seeps from their fingertips. Unfortunate bunch.

  • David Farrar

    Americans have a right to Know their President is qualified, not just believe.

    ex animo