YahooNews: Obama Won’t Be Stopping at Birth Country on Africa Trip

The lede of a YahooNews report on President Obama's trip to Africa: "President Barack Obama makes the first extended trip to Africa of his presidency next week---but he won't be stopping at the country of his birth."

The lede of a YahooNews report on President Obama’s trip to Africa read,

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

It has since been update:

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

Atop the current version is this hint at the original:

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified the president’s birthplace.

They’re missing an additional sentence: The idiot reporter and her incompetent editor have been summarily fired.

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  1. John Peabody says:

    Now the birthers are getting assistance from Yahoo News! Even worse, my device just tried to auto-correct “birthers” into “Birchers”!!!!

    (Ahem) “I am not now, nor have I ever been…”

  2. PJ says:

    So, Obama isn’t making a stop in Kansas?

  3. rudderpedals says:

    The Ticket cribs it all from Politico, Daily Caller and PJ.

  4. al-Ameda says:

    Isn’t Hawaii a former province of Kenya?

  5. Mike Rotch says:

    Alot of people losing their jobs and their lives for telling the truth lately.

    The foreign born communist spawn of islam thanks you for your support.

  6. Gromitt Gunn says:

    @Mike Rotch: Birthers have become such an unhinged bitter rump infused with mindblowingly moronic butt-hurt and full-blown insanity that I can’t even tell if you’re writing out of a sense of earnestness or going for satire.

  7. Neil Hudelson says:

    @Gromitt Gunn:

    I’m guessing by his phonetic name, it’s the latter.

    But indeed, it’s hard to sound satirical when what Mike wrote is par for the course among true burghers

  8. Neil Hudelson says:


    Thanks, autocorrect.

  9. @Gromitt Gunn: I’m going for not satire. If it’s satire, he needs to check out Poe’s Law.

  10. JohnMcC says:

    @Neil Hudelson: Thanks for the correction. I was starting to get defensive on behalf of the Pittsburghers in the family.

    And in regards to the alliteratively named Mr Rotch, what we’re lookiing for is Poe’s Law.

  11. David in KC says:

    I’m going with well played satire, seriously, he found the website, was able to figure out how to post, and then type real words.

  12. Pinky says:

    There was a recent study – it might even have been linked to on this site – that showed that people will choose the most partisan option the pollster gives them, even if they don’t believe it. There never was a birther “movement”. It was just a few nutjobs and a bunch of Republicans venting their frustration. I like to think that the Left never believed that Gore won Florida in 2000 or that Diebold stole Ohio in 2004.

  13. Franklin says:

    @Mike Rotch: Well at least you’ve decided on a classy name. Classy names for class acts such as yourself.

  14. Dixon says:

    They had it right the first time. I wonder how someone who barely saw his father writes a book about his fathers communist manifesto????

  15. Unpostable says:

    Dear Mr. Joyner and other editors at OTB,

    I’ve been a regular at OTB for several years, but for the last few weeks I have been unable to post anything here. No matter what I do, it always says my post has been caught in the spam filter. I’ve tried everything. It didn’t matter whether my post was short or long, or contained links or not. I tried posting from different browsers. I tried posting from my iphone using a totally different Internet connection. It always gave me the same message.

    The message told me to contact the administrator. I sent two emails to James Joyner, but did not receive any response, and it’s been at least two weeks since my last email. The name I have been using on OTB is:


    My email address uses the same name and is an AOL address. You may delete this message if you want, but please look into this matter so that I may start posting again.

  16. James Joyner says:

    @Unpostable: I only found two of your messages in the spam queue, both from mid-June.

  17. Kylopod says:

    There were at least four that I remember.

    (testing to see if this message goes through)

  18. Matt Bernius says:

    In the ones that got blocked, were you replying to specific posters? For a while, simply using the “reply” function on a Jukeboxgrad post was enough to get you spammed. We’ve never been quite able to figure out why.

  19. Matt Bernius says:

    That’s what I’ve been suggesting for years. Yes, there is always a fringe component who believes X. But there’s a much larger component who don’t really believe it but continue to say it for a variety of reasons (including pissing off the other side).

  20. Kylopod says:

    @Matt Bernius: At least some of my posts that didn’t go through were replies to other posters, though not jukeboxgrad.

  21. Mr. X says:

    @Gromitt Gunn: You mean butt hurt from pointing out Obama himself claimed he was Kenyan-born until he got higher office ambitions in 2004?

    Seems like all the butt hurt would be Obama’s cerca 2100 09/11/2012.

  22. Franklin says:

    @Mr. X: Except for the fact that that’s not true (sorry if you got incorrect info from WMD), we all agree.

  23. Anderson says:

    I quit reading Yahoo’s news because they mixed in asinine op-eds with news stories. It sounds like the confusion has only increased since then.

  24. Pinky says:

    @Matt Bernius: This is going to bug me. I can’t find the study. But they asked questions like “Did Clinton increase the deficits?” and “Did the economy grow under Reagan?”. People split on these questions by party affiliation. When they were asked with the possibility of right answers counting toward a gift certificate, answerers suddenly became more accurate. And when “don’t know” answers were no longer counted against your chance of winning a gift certificate, partisanship dropped further.