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Yahoo! News Calls Kenya Obama’s ‘Country Of Birth’

Mistaken Yahoo! Reporter Obama Born Kenya

Yahoo! News made a rather large mistake on Friday when a reporter erroneously claimed President Obama was born in Kenya. The article was about the president’s upcoming trip to Africa.

In the article, the reporter, Rachel Rose Hartman, wrote:

President Barack Obama makes the first extended trip to Africa of his presidency next week — but he won’t be stopping in the country of his birth.”

Rumors that Obama was secretly born in Kenya have dogged him his entire political career. Seeking to put claims of so-called birthers to rest, the US president released his long-form birth certificate in 2011.

Despite this, some still claim Obama was not actually born in Hawaii. The Yahoo! News article certainly created some buzz and editors quickly revised it, saying instead that Kenya is Obama’s “ancestral homeland.” But the change, like many other mistakes in the media, politics, and celebrity news, wasn’t made fast enough.

Several screenshots showing the original statement have been posted online and Yahoo! has declined to comment on the situation, except to issue the following correction, ”Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified the president’s birthplace.”

The article claiming Obama was born in Kenya talked about the costs of the president’s trip to Africa. He is taking wife Michelle and daughters Sasha and Malia along with him on the weeklong trip, which starts next week and goes until July 3.

Obama From Kenya, Yahoo! News Claims

The Africa trip is meant to help “growing opportunities [in the continent] for increased trade and investment” by US businesses. The trip is also meant to help promote democracy.

While Yahoo! News was quick to correct the error, several publications questioned how the error made it to publication in the first place, given that Hartman is a White House reporter for the publication. A spokesperson for the online news site said there will be no comment on the article, aside from the correction.

What action do you think Yahoo! News should take over the article’s claim that President Obama was born in Kenya?

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4 Responses to “Yahoo! News Calls Kenya Obama’s ‘Country Of Birth’”

  1. Seth A. Yellin

    It was no mistake…:P
    McCain's sorry self wasn't officially born in America either.
    It doesn't even matter though if you're born in America most presidents are two-faced and run the agenda for a NWO and a HORRIBLE one for that for whoever lives on the planet while it goes on.
    This is while Facebook, the SOCIAL-IST NETWORKING site is removing anti-GMO posts while most of the world is anti-GMOs and other posts of speaking out against corruption including but not limited to Brazil's protesting, Russell Brand's remarks, etc.. Wait till the ones who run this country kill all the bees.. -_-
    :'( Zen. Namaste.

  2. Thomas Drake

    IT WAS NO MISTAKE, HIS LONG FORM CERTIFICATE WAS PHOTO-SHOP, HIS REAL B.C. IS IN THE BRITISH BIRTH RECORDS OF KENYA. AND CAIN IS FROM PANAMA. THEY ALL ARE LIARS, FRAUDS, TRAITORS, AND MURDERING THIEVES.IN ALOT OF WAYS, I AM NOT SURPRISED AT ALL ABOUT HOW BIG A BUNCH OF IGNORANT, CLUELESS, SPINELESS, AND MORALLY CORRUPT THIS NATION IS. IT IS A COUNTRY FULL OF PUSSY SHEEPLE. THIESE PAST SEVERAL ADMINISTRATIONS ARE ONLY A REFLECTION OF THE 99% OF THE POS THAT CALL THEMSELVES"AMERICAN".

  3. Matthew Maltby

    I agree it doesn't matter. Birthers or no, if in 20 years it comes out that he really WASN'T born in Hawaii, will congress then invalidate everything he worked on during is presidency?
    No.
    Will his name be removed from the list of US Presidents?
    Again, no.
    I don't have a position on the matter other than to say I believe that a non-US born person cannot be President. I don't have an opinion on Obama other than to say if it is revealed to be that he isn't a US citizen, I will have an opinion at that point! But, as I said before, he can thumb his nose at the American public in 20 years and nothing will ever be done about it.
    In fact, after all these scandals where people are proven to be breaking the law, I still have YET to see anyone be held responsible. The reality is that once you make it to Washington it's very hard to go to prison or be held in any real semblance of responsibility for your actions.