Monday: WTP Press Conference in DC
As planned, on Monday, December 8, WTP will conduct a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.
Yesterday (Thursday 12/4/08), we issued a press release about the event. We sent the release to approximately 400 media outlets, including those on the attached list. The press conference will feature three of the attorneys behind cases now at the Supreme Court.
Almost immediately, the Wall Street Journal posted a item on its “Market Watch.”
We expect a fair amount of press coverage. On Monday morning the Supreme Court will also release its decision regarding whether to hear the case by attorney Leo Donofrio who challenged the failure of the New Jersey secretary of state to verify the eligibility of the Presidential candidates scheduled to appear on the ballot.
The press conference is scheduled (Today, Monday, 12/8/08) to begin at 1:30 pm.
Open Letter Ignites Large Public Interest
As planned, on Monday and Wednesday of (last) week, WTP published the full-page Open Letter to Mr. Obama in the Chicago Tribune. The letter respectfully requests that he direct the state of Hawaii to provide access to his original 1961 (“vault”) birth certificate, and that he arrange for delivery to the National Press Club of certain other documents, all for the purpose of providing evidence of his eligibility.
The public response and attention by the media, has been nothing short of astonishing.
Apparently, the publication of the Open Letter and huge reaction it generated has largely forced the media to finally acknowledge the existence of the Obama citizenship controversy, apparently abandoning the desires of their collective management to smother the story.
Almost immediately after the paper hit the streets of Chicago Monday morning, requests started coming in for interviews from print, broadcast and on-line news outlets, including several clear- channel (reserved frequency, high-wattage AM) radio stations from around the country. It’s been non-stop all week. Here is a link to an audio recording of a brief interview with WGN, Chicago’s leading 50,000 watt, clear-channel radio station.
On Tuesday, December 2, the Tribune’s local competitor, the Chicago Sun-Times published a column by Mary Mitchell about the open letter. Granted, columnists do take liberties, but her column was not only riddled with important factual errors, it was largely “over-the-top” and arguably inflammatory, referring to me indirectly as one of the “skinheads from Tennessee who planned to dress up in coattails and top-hats and go on a racist killing spree before targeting Obama.” In response, thousands of Chicagoans flooded the Sun-Times with their comments, both pro and con. I am preparing a rebuttal that will soon be sent to the paper as a suggested “guest essay.”
On Wednesday, the Tribune published a news article by Sara Olkon and James Janega about the Open Letter. It too, contained serious omissions, as well as false and misleading statements regarding critical parts of the citizenship controversy. In response, thousands of Chicagoans flooded the Tribune with their comments, pro and con. We are preparing a rebuttal to be submitted as soon as possible.