Is the Birth Certificate Fake? The Games Have Begun
posted at 2:31 pm on April 27, 2011 by Howard Portnoy
In an earlier post at the Greenroom, Steven Den Beste whimsically spoke of Round Two in the birther chronicles. Steven, I salute your prescience.
It’s been only four hours since President Obama’s official long-form birth certificate became part of the public record, and already the skeptics have begun crying “Foul!”
The Smoking Gun expresses some doubts, though these are largely directed at what the site refers to whimsically as the “certers” (the replacement term for “birthers”?)
Noting that the document will now receive the same scrutiny as the clearly fabricated Texas Air National Guard memos that ended the career of CBS veteran Dan Rather, the gun points out a few “nutty points about the birth certificate sure to be seized upon by the nonbelievers:”
Chief among these is the unexplained disparity between the curvature on the left side of the page (seeming to suggests the certificate was taken from a multipage volume) and the unbroken pattern on the green security paper. Shouldn’t the pattern also curve? Is a puzzlement, no?
A more detailed (and more serious) analysis was performed by NKYvoice at the blog The Northern Kentucky Voice. NKY claims to have opened the official White House PDF of the birth certificate in Photoshop:
What I found was 9 different layers in the PDF document, and some clear signs from looking at the page(s) in an image editor that this birth certificate appears to have had some editing, or ‘touching up’ done….
Just to be clear, I did not make these layers, they can be found in the PDF provided by the White House. It looks like there were several images in an image editor that were put together as one document, then saved as a PDF. Any one have any ideas?
This is curious, I must admit. For what it’s worth, I tried opening the PDF in Photoshop myself and found only a single layer. Then again, I don’t profess to be in possession of the kinds of graphics skills necessary for this type of sleuthing.
Will the document turn out to be a forgery? I wouldn’t bet on it. Dan Rather and his producer Mary Mapes may have thought they could pass off an obvious fake as authentic, but the Obama White House team is made up of members of a younger generation. Even if they were to attempt to “create” a long-form birth certificate—which would be an absurdly costly gamble for the president—they would be sure the end-product of their labors was unimpeachable.
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