Right wing smear merchant Chuck C. Johnson (who is NOT ME) is becoming infamous for inserting himself into breaking news stories like the shooting of Michael Brown, and pandering to the worst elements of the right wing with blatantly racist assertions based on no real evidence — usually citing “anonymous sources.”
But one of Chuck’s more interesting associations has gotten almost no notice, and he never brings it up himself: his appearance in May of this year at a speaking event in Pacific Palisades, California, sharing billing with none other than the queen bee of crazed Birtherism, Orly Taitz. And he didn’t just appear at the event; according to Taitz, Chuck explicitly praised her work and said he had discovered evidence that the Birthers were indeed correct and that Barack Obama was not a US citizen, but Andrew Breitbart refused to publish it.
I emphasize that these are Orly Taitz’s claims, because she’s well-known for, uh, exaggerating things. But the event took place in front of an audience of “at least 20 people,” and there’s more evidence that her account may be accurate.
There’s no doubt this Republican women’s event at the Pacific Palisades Riviera Country Club did happen, because Taitz actually published a photograph of herself and three other women, posing with none other than Chuck C. Johnson, holding a copy of his book.
Here’s Taitz’s description of what Chuck C. Johnson said at this event, and there are some pretty wild claims here; you decide whether you think it’s credible that Johnson said these things: More Revelations From Writer Charles C. Johnson : OrlyTaitzEsq.com.
In presence of at least 20 people at the event Mr. Johnson revealed that indeed he was hired by Andrew Breitbart to try to disprove birthers, however Mr. Johnson did in depth research and confirmed that the birthers are correct, that Obama is indeed using falsified IDs. Mr. Johnson went to Andrew Breitbart and urged publication of this evidence, but was rebuffed.
Further, Mr. Johnson revealed that his wife is from Indonesia and they did research in Indonesia. Mr. Johnson stated that he researched the school records of Assissi school in Jakarta. Johnson stated that Obama claimed that many students had in their school registration their religion listed as Muslim, that it was not a big deal. Mr. Johnson researched the records and found that only a couple of students in that whole school were listed as Muslim, as it was a Christian school. Obama was one of these couple of students. This shows that adherence to Islam was important for Obama’s step father Lolo Soetoro.
Moreover, Johnson talked about Obama’s half brother Malik Obama. Johnson repeatedly called Malik, Obama’s alleged half brother. When several women asked him, why do you call him alleged half brother, why are you saying alleged, Johnson stated that he does not believe that they are biologically related and he intends to investigate this matter further. Johnson stated that he is a friend of Joel Gilbert and works with him on this matter. Johnson also went into details into Lois Lerner’s actions relating to approving Malik’ s 501 C3 application . Johnson stated that he forwarded all of the information on Malik’s application and Lois Lerner’s actions to Darrel Issa, he stated that Issa had this information for a year.
Johnson stated that a number of his relatives worked for CIA and he has contacts with a number of CIA and FBI agents and he has contacts with the police.
Johnson talked about a number of politicians, such as Grover Norquist and Michelle Obama, her alleged committee exploring her future run for the US senate from Illinois against Republican senator Mark Kirk.
Johnson repeatedly stated that Orly is correct in her findings, that there are very few people around the country who work on the issue of Obama’s IDs and Orly is one of them.
Orly Taitz also posted this picture of Chuck C. Johnson’s signature on her copy of his book, as further evidence.
I think her story has the ring of truth, and even if Johnson doesn’t actually believe what Taitz claims he said, it sounds very much like his style to tell a right wing group of Birthers what he thinks they want to hear.