On Sept. 2 a letter to the editor was published claiming that Barack Obama had given the publishers of his book “Journeys in Black and White” an author’s biography that stated he had been born in Kenya.
I decided to do some fact checking and found that Obama did not write an author’s biography for this publishing company. At the time, the publisher had an editor, Miriam Goderich, write the biographies for 89 authors represented by the publisher for a brochure. She says the statement was a fact-checking error on her part. She says, “There was never any information given to us by Obama in any of his correspondence or other communications suggesting in any way that he was born in Kenya and not Hawaii.”
An Internet search on any controversial point, be it left or right, can help us as voters discard false information so we are better able to make decisions. However, we must find unbiased sites. Snopes.com and other sites use context and quotes to judge the hearsay and clarify the truth.
We are a divided country politically, and circulating misconceptions on either side does not improve the situation.