I’d appreciate your help. In fact checking an Obama conspiracy e-mail making the rounds, I’ve been trying to verify one of its claims:
NOBODY REMEMBERS OBAMA AT COLUMBIA!!!!!!!
Looking for evidence of Obama’s past, Fox News contacted 400 Columbia University students from the period when Obama claims to have been there, but none remembered him.
The claim that Barack Obama didn’t attend Columbia is substantively untrue; a small bit of searching has uncovered five students and one professor who specifically recall Obama’s attendance there.
To nail down more detail, I’m trying to find this supposed report from Fox News in which it is said to have contacted 400 Columbia University students from the time when Barack Obama was there. If it exists, I’d like to find out more about Fox News’ methods. Does “contacting 400 Columbia University students” mean sending out 400 e-mails, 300 of which ended up in a spam filter and 10 of which generated responses? Or did Fox News really ask and get answers from 400 Columbia University students?
The latter would have been a huge effort, and surely this report from as recently as the 2008 election campaign would have been preserved somewhere: crossposted on a blog, an excerpt shared on YouTube, a usenet group post, some sharing on Free Republic, or directly on Fox News itself.
Oddly enough, though, I cannot find a trace of the original document itself. Oh, I can find hundreds to thousands of posts in which someone declares indirectly that Fox News carried out such an investigation and issued such a report. Indeed, an unsigned Wall Street Journal editorial from September 2008 repeats the claim that Fox News carried out such a report. But consarn it, I just can’t find the original report itself. I can’t find the report despite searching through news banks and Google and the Fox News website and YouTube and other sources.
Can you find this mysteriously missing “Fox News report?” If you can, please share a link to it in the comments.