Erickson reneges on his much-hyped vow to ban birthers from RedState

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Despite Erick Erickson's vow to ban birthers and affiliated groups from RedState, a post promoting birtherism and attacking President Obama has popped up on RedState's homepage.

Using as a launching pad today's Washington Post article on the increasing number of Americans who believe President Obama to be a Muslim, poster "streiff" jumps into a falsehood-ridden offensive against the Post and other media that ignored what he calls "stories the legacy media should have covered had they been as invested in doing their job as they were in promoting Obama's candidacy the president." Among the "stories" that supposedly merited investigation, "streiff" names "Obama's birth certificate":

Obama's lack of experience: ignored.

The sale of Obama's senate seat: ignored.

Failure of Senator Obama's subcommittee to hold hearings on Afghanistan: ignored.

Obama's relationship with Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn: ignored.

Obama's relationship with Jeremiah Wright: ignored.

Obama's appointment of a pedophile as safe schools czar: ignored.

Obama's appointment of an avowed commie and 9/11 Troofer as "green jobs czar": ignored.

Obama's birth certificate: ignored.

I lump these all together for a reason because they are all stories the legacy media should have covered had they been as invested in doing their job as they were in promoting Obama's candidacy. For those who pooh-pooh the idea that Obama's birth origins warranted investigation I can only point out that the legacy media did cover the idea that John McCain's birth in the US Canal Zone -- to a US Naval officer and his American citizen wife -- might exclude him from the Presidency. If you're saying that being crazy per sedisqualifies an idea as worthy of investigation I present Exhibit A which proves conclusively that no idea is too crazy to be investigated: the aptly named Gary Sick's October Surprise allegation.

Birther posts were supposed to banned on RedState. In a February 12 post, Erickson dubbed birthers "'birfers' because it sounds as crazy as they are," likened them to 9-11 truthers, and wrote:

If you think 9/11 was an inside job or you really want to debate whether or not Barack Obama is an American citizen eligible to be President, RedState is not a place for you.

Birfers and Truthers are not welcome here. Period. End of Story.

As if this weren't bad enough, another example "streiff" gives of a story the media inappropriately ignored is "Obama's appointment of a pedophile as safe schools czar."

Calling Kevin Jennings a pedophile is a vicious, homophobic smear so blatantly false that even Accuracy in Media had to issue an apology for making the same accusation.

* This post has been edited for clarity.

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