CNN's Jeffrey Lord Says Moderators Shouldn't Fact Check Because Media Didn't Adopt Trump's Birther Lie

Lord: “The Entire Media Was Saying It Was Not True That The Clinton Campaign Was Connected” To Birtherism

From the September 26 edition of CNN's The Lead with Jake Tapper

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JEFFREY LORD: You know, who is telling the truth? To take off from the mayor's suggestion here. Let me just give you a recent incident here. The whole birther situation. The entire media was saying it was not true that the Clinton campaign was connected to it. I can just tell you I heard from lots and lots of people out there, who were sending me chapter and verse, that it was so. My point is --

JAKE TAPPER (HOST): What he said was, “Hillary Clinton started it-- Hillary Clinton and her campaign started it, I ended it.” That's not true, that's not true. 

LORD: Sidney Blumenthal is a Clinton ally right?

TAPPER: Not on the campaign.


TAPPER: Jeffrey the larger point about birtherism. It was started in 2004 by this person in Chicago named Andy Martin and that's how it actually started. Just FYI. 

LORD: I'm not talking about birtherism per se here. What I'm trying to illustrate is the moment a moderator gets into that you're going to have people all over the country forget the issue.


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