After I argued that credible organizations on the Right should not support the conspiracy peddling of WorldNetDaily, it was pointed out that the RNC appears to have rented access to the WND email list. So I emailed the RNC to inquire about it and encourage them to stop.
My question was: "Is the RNC really renting the World Net Daily email list?" This was the response from the RNC Press Secretary:
Nice to meet you. Pls note that we have already weighed in on the birther issue -- weeks ago. Thanks.
The Press Secretary then appended a NYT story in which this was their response:
“Chairman Steele believes this is an unnecessary distraction and that the president is a U.S. citizen,” said Gail Gitcho, a spokesperson for the Republican National Committee. “He wants to move on and continue talking about real and immediate issues that are facing our nation, like health care and the economy. Chairman Steele has other issues to take up with the president having to do with policy, not a birth certificate.”
So, the sum total of the RNC's response was (a) Obama is "a U.S. citizen", but (b) we want to ignore this Birther story, (c) we're not saying whether or not we're working with the Birthers, and (d) we're just going to completely ignore the actual question you asked.
I sent two follow up emails requesting clarification on the following points.
- Are the Birther claims a "distraction" or are they false?
- Was the RNC renting/using the WorldNetDaily email list or otherwise engaged in anything with WorldNetDaily?
- Is the RNC currently engaged in any way with WorldNetDaily?
- If the RNC has used the WorldNetDaily email list, does the RNC regret doing so?
- Will the RNC renounce future engagement with WorldNetDaily?
The RNC has not responded to either of my emails. So, in addition to the questions listed above, here are a few more questions:
- Why will the Republican National Committee not clearly say that the Birther claims are categorically false and that President Obama was born in the United States?
- Why will the Republican National Committee not answer whether or not they paid money to WorldNetDaily?
- Why will the Republican National Committee not distance itself from organizations and people who are peddling these ridiculous, disgraceful conspiracy theories?
In the 1960's, Goldwater and a few Republicans had the integrity and guts to denounce the irresponsible fringe in the fevered swamps of the Right. Today, as far as I can tell, the Republican National Committee works with them.
If the RNC responds further - and I hope they do - I will update this post with that response.