A senior elections clerk for the city and county of Honolulu during the 2008 presidential election burst onto the national media scene in June when WND reported his allegation that there is no Hawaiian birth certificate for Barack Obama.

But the disclosures from the elections insider regarding one of the most controversial issues of the day – the constitutional legitimacy of a president – was ignored by most of the media, thus putting Adams’ story at the top of WND’s annual list of the 10 most “spiked” or underreported stories of the last year.

At the end of each year, many news organizations typically present their retrospective replays of what they consider to have been the top news stories of the previous 12 months.

WND’s editors, however, long have considered it more newsworthy to publicize the most underreported or unreported news events of the year – to shine a spotlight on those issues that the establishment media successfully “spiked.”

WND Editor and CEO Joseph Farah has sponsored “Operation Spike” every year since 1988, and since founding WND in May 1997, has continued the annual tradition.

Adams’ statements conflicted directly with repeated affirmations by public officials in Hawaii that they had seen or had inspected Obama’s birth records that would document his representations that he was born in the state.

The issue of his birth is pertinent insofar as it plays a role in his status as a “natural born citizen” under the Constitution’s requirement for presidents, a demand not imposed on any other federal office-holder.

Many critics are challenging, politically, legally and strategically, Obama’s eligibility to occupy the high office, command U.S. troops, determine foreign policy and run domestic functions, including his initiatives early in his tenure to take over banks, insurance companies and automobile companies as well as nationalize health care.

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