The Birthers Got "Punk'd" With Fake Certificate
By Eric Kleefeld
August 6, 2009
It now looks like the forged "Kenyan" Obama birth certificate that was briefly promoted by the Birthers -- actually an altered copy of a decades-old South Australian birth certificate -- was deliberately designed as a prank on the Birther movement itself, Dave Weigel reports.
An anonymous person has put up an Internet posting showing photos of the document, against a bedsheet background that matches the photo promoted by Orly Taitz. One of the photos shows a crumpled up certificate with the following message written on it: "YOU'VE BEEN PUNK'D!"
The forgery was apparently created using fine cotton business paper, an inkjet printer, an old manual typewriter, and a fountain pen. The supposed government seal is actually an imprint made with an old two-shilling coin. (Pre-decimal British money can easily be purchased from souvenir vendors or on eBay.)
As the anonymous poster says: "Punkin' the Birthers: Priceless."