The King of Bahrain was disinvited from Kate and William's wedding because of violence against his own people. Andrew Breitbart was disinvited from election night coverage by ABC last year when an uproar by activist groups over his race baiting shamed them into it. Birther-in-Chief Donald Trump, as of this writing, has not yet been disinvited by The Washington Post to the White House Correspondents' Dinner, which will also be attended by the President. If Obama even bothers showing up (and I wouldn't blame him if he didn't) I hope he uses the occasion to subject Trump and all the prom-goers to another public shaming. Since Stephen Colbert is not this year's entertainment, Obama should nevertheless use him as speechwriter.
Ezra Klein tweeted his profound embarrassment at his paper's association with Trump, but other than that, the paper has remained mum. But really, the entire mainstream press is to blame, even those who continue to half-heartedly debunk the birthers. When every respectable media outlet follows the debunking with poll numbers revealing that most Republicans don't believe Obama is a natural-born citizen, they are only perpetuating the myth. Even Lawrence O'Donnell, successor in bombast to Keith Olbermann, keeps the story alive by publicly calling for NBC to fire Trump and then invites loony birther Orly Taitz on his show for the sole purpose of kicking her off. Even Oprah keeps the story alive by inviting the Obamas on her show and asking "what took you so long?" Even I am keeping the story alive by blogging about it, so I'll shut up now. In case you missed them, here are my two New York Times comments on the issue, published today:
One last thought before shutting up: Obama is coming out of this looking mighty good.