Birther Boss Is This Year's August Nutjob

Birther boss Orly Taitz gets undue mainstream coverage
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Aug 6, 2009 12:08 PM CDT

(Newser) – With its chronic deficiency of serious news, this is the month when, each year, the crazies—call them “August personalities”—get a chance to shine, writes Meghan Daum in the Los Angeles Times. “August personalities tend to have both an ax to grind and a chip on their shoulders,” Daum writes, and birther-movement leader Orly Taitz takes this year’s title.

“Taitz looks like a cross between Dr Laura and Carol Channing and sounds like a 16-year-old Zsa Zsa Gabor fighting with her mom about her curfew,” Daum notes. She’s been on CNN, Fox News, and the Colbert Report, but her “true breakout moment” was an MSNBC interview that “unraveled into a shouting match.” She may be “xenophobic,” but “you have to admit she's pretty entertaining, in a summer-disaster-movie kind of way.”