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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Did Bill O'Reilly Scrub his Podcast?

First, if it wasn't for the question raised in the headline of this post, this post probably wouldn't exist. The portion of Bill O'Reilly's television podcast that appears to have been 'scrubbed' occurred during his viewer mail segment on April 13th. After reading a viewer email inquiring about the controversy surrounding Obama using a Connecticut social security number, O'Reilly defended the president by saying his father lived in Connecticut. While there are serious reasons to question O'Reilly's answer, the real question involves that portion of the segment being scrubbed from the podcast and the transcript.

Via WND:
In September 1962, Obama Sr. entered Harvard to pursue a Ph.D. in economics. Before completing the requirements to obtain the degree, however, he returned to Kenya.

The assertion that Obama is using a Social Security number issued to an applicant with a Connecticut address because his father lived in Connecticut can be traced back to a piece Carol Bengle Gilbert posted on the Yahoo blog "Associated Content."

In that piece, Gilbert claimed, without providing any documentation, that Barack Obama Sr. lived in Connecticut after divorcing Obama's mother.

"In fact Barack Obama's dad attended college in Connecticut and in 1977, Obama was college aged; is it beyond reason to consider he might have checked out his father's alma mater?" Gilbert wrote.

The story Obama told in his autobiography, "Dreams from My Father," was that he saw his father only once after he left Hawaii to study at Harvard, during a return visit to Hawaii in 1971.
I have always found the controversy surrounding Obama's social security numbers far more intriguing than the one about his Birth Certificate. In the case above, I might be inclined to be less intrigued after hearing O'Reilly's explanation if not for Fox News and O'Reilly himself scrubbing the comments from the podcast and website respectively. On its face, it looks like an attempt by O'Reilly to debunk the questions before giving 'folks' something to fact check and hold him accountable to later.

Here's the video of the entire segment, including the portions scrubbed by Fox News:

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